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08:11 AM ET 10.07 | True to what he'd hoped, Ken Williams moved swiftly in finding a new manger, who will now have to round out his staff. Robin Ventura often watched from the on-deck circle while Frank Thomas hit line drives over the Comiskey Park walls or sprayed base hits into right field grass all over the American League. Was he impressed enough by the Big Hurt to add the former Sox slugger to his coaching staff -- possibly as the next hitting coach? Or the better question: would Thomas accept a possible job offer? "Interesting. I haven't had a chance to think about anything yet," Thomas said on Chicago Tribune Live Thursday afternoon. "Robin's one of my best friends in life and I'll definitely listen."

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October 7, 2011  08:13 AM ET

For Your Eyes Only, Bro.

October 7, 2011  08:16 AM ET

Well putting in the old fan favorites would certainly mend some fences with the more superficial White Sox fans... But to the diehard probably wont care who they hire if they can actually get the team to consistantly hit...

October 7, 2011  08:17 AM ET

Thomas would be a good hitting coach.

October 7, 2011  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Well putting in the old fan favorites would certainly mend some fences with the more superficial White Sox fans... But to the diehard probably wont care who they hire if they can actually get the team to consistantly hit...

I'm sure hiring a future first ballot HoFer wouldn't hurt as hitting coach.

October 7, 2011  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Thomas would be a good hitting coach.

Considering he's probably the best pure hitter to ever play for the ChiSox, I'd have to agree.

October 7, 2011  08:20 AM ET

Thomas is all about "ME" Syndrome. Not an upgrade in Chi Town.

October 7, 2011  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm sure hiring a future first ballot HoFer wouldn't hurt as hitting coach.

LOL!
No- of course it wouldnt brother.
But can he coach? Because not many can

October 7, 2011  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Thomas is all about "ME" Syndrome. Not an upgrade in Chi Town.

I disagree, but saying something like that means you probably know him personally, right?

October 7, 2011  08:25 AM ET

Ventura? Never even knew he was in the mix much less a front runner, but whatever works.

October 7, 2011  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

LOL!No- of course it wouldnt brother.But can he coach? Because not many can

Whats the addage- "those who can't, teach."

Cause I dont think anyone can say Hurt couldnt hit.

October 7, 2011  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I disagree, but saying something like that means you probably know him personally, right?

You know Hurt was Verlanders hero- so much so when he looked at the numbers availible to him as a Tiger, he chose Hurts because he looked up to him so much. Just a lil fun fact.

October 7, 2011  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

You know Hurt was Verlanders hero- so much so when he looked at the numbers availible to him as a Tiger, he chose Hurts because he looked up to him so much. Just a lil fun fact.

Interesting. Did not know that.

October 7, 2011  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Interesting. Did not know that.

Neither did I. That's an iteresting tid-bit.

October 7, 2011  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Interesting. Did not know that.

Meh- just something to throw out there...

Kinda hung over...

October 7, 2011  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Meh- just something to throw out there...Kinda hung over...

haha nice

October 7, 2011  08:37 AM ET

If he could teach his approach to hitting to Adam Dunn, that alone would be worth a shot.

October 7, 2011  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

LOL!No- of course it wouldnt brother.But can he coach? Because not many can

Good point...a lot of these guys that can do it don't necessarily understand why what they do works.
Ted Williams was an obsessive student of hitting and was an excellent, if overbearing, hitting coach, by all accounts. Teammates of Musial who asked him about hitting would get tips about controlling the strike zone, not mechanics. I can't imagine DiMaggio or Ruth teaching others how to hit, everything I've read about them suggests to me that they would just say to hit the damm ball hard.

October 7, 2011  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Meh- just something to throw out there...Kinda hung over...

Ditto. Coming to work this morning sucks.

October 7, 2011  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

haha nice

Dude- I didnt expect to win that game.

No one expected us to win the game. I expected watch a contentious game. So me and the guys got HAMMERED before the first pitch! And then after we were winning- well, I guess we were afraid to jinx it and stop drinking soooo-yeah. I'm freaking struggling...

Anyone else watch the game and see the Yankees bullpen offering up more pitchers and throwing them out there more often than a fracking All Star game? My god- we had to make a drinking game out of it.

 
October 7, 2011  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Good point...a lot of these guys that can do it don't necessarily understand why what they do works.Ted Williams was an obsessive student of hitting and was an excellent, if overbearing, hitting coach, by all accounts. Teammates of Musial who asked him about hitting would get tips about controlling the strike zone, not mechanics. I can't imagine DiMaggio or Ruth teaching others how to hit, everything I've read about them suggests to me that they would just say to hit the damm ball hard.

You make a good point, but how will we ever know if Thomas can coach if he doesn't get a chance? I think it's worth a shot for the Sox. Maybe he can teach Adam Dunn how to hit again.

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