Is Blake Doyle The Fall Guy For The Colorado Rockies?


May 24, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss (22) and hitting coach Blake Doyle (25) congratulate shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) on a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies have a relatively unconventional second-year hitting coach in Blake Doyle, and the offense is struggling mightily this year. But is he to blame for it, or just the scapegoat of a different problem?

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Blake Doyle is now in his second season as the hitting coach of the Colorado Rockies, and though he took a unique route to the big leagues before he was hired by the team in November 2013, he’d had success as the hitting coach last year for the club.

Now, the Rockies’ offense is quickly sputtering, and sooner or later, something is going to need to happen (well, you’d think) to turn around the team’s fortunes, or, make them sellers at the trade deadline.

Either way, scrutiny may soon start coming down on Doyle, who for better or worse could be the fall guy for a sluggish offense that’s striking out, well, a lot.

But would removing Doyle even be the right move?

We recently got into an interesting discussion about the role hitting coaches play with big league clubs, and while it’s different for every team, it nevertheless must make you wonder how much longer Doyle (or, whomever) might be around.

So, today we want to know what you think about Doyle’s future in Denver. Vote:

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Personally, I don’t think Doyle is to blame for the Rockies’ struggles – at least, not enough to can him right now based on the offense’s early season issues.

I’ll write up a longer post about that later this week and outline my ideas about the role hitting coaches (really, all coaches) play on professional baseball teams, but until then, I’m more concerned about what you think.

Tweet us at @RoxPileFS or me at @BobbyDeMuro and let me know: should the Rockies fire Blake Doyle, and maybe more importantly, would anything with the offense even change if they did?