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San Francisco Giants: Top Three Hitting Coaches to Target

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 28: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros is congratulated by hitting coach John Mallee #11 after hitting a two-run home run during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 28: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros is congratulated by hitting coach John Mallee #11 after hitting a two-run home run during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 14: Former San Francisco Giant Will Clark aknowledges the crowd prior to throwing the ceremonial first pitch during pre-game ceremonies for Game One of the National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals at AT /

Will Clark or Barry Bonds

Will Clark has been an organizational assistant for the last few years, appearing on the bench every now and then. Barry Bonds was in that same role a few times as well. Both of them are solid internal choices for the job, and it wouldn’t hurt to get a look at them in action.

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Barry Bonds didn’t have a great season in charge of the Marlins offense in 2016. He was promptly fired. So that doesn’t scream great.

Also, Stanton had a significantly worse season in 2016 than he did in 2015 or 2017. That would severely concern me. Bonds is great at helping make minor adjustments as an individual instructor. Take that from guys like Mike Morse, and even Stanton this year.

But that usually comes as a hitting assistant. Bonds is too much of a big figure to be in an assistant role. It doesn’t really suit him. So we turn to the other internal option, Will Clark.

Clark currently holds the role of Special assistant in the front office. He’s been pretty hands on with the Giants hitters over the last few years, and it has helped a few of the younger players. Clark would be an interesting hitting instructor, but he’d have to be able to commit to the daily grind through the season, and I’m not sure if that’s something he’s ready to commit to yet.

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Any three/four of these guys are good options. But some are better options than others. What do you think? Who is the best option? Tell us in the comments below!

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