Let me get this part out of the way first: if Howard Johnson gets fired now or after the season, it won't bother me one bit. But if he gets fired now, exactly what does this accomplish? Who is going to take over the position and magically turn around the bats for the next two months? Chip Hale? Razor Shines? Ken Oberkfell? Tim Teufel? Wally Backman? (Well, maybe they could be platoon coaches.) I don't think even Charlie Lau in his heyday would have proclaimed, "I can fix Jason Bay in 15 minutes." I just don't see hitters reacting to a new hitting coach in mid season the way a team might react to a managerial change. (Maybe during the All Star break like the last time we fired a hitting coach, but not at the end of July.) Absent other forces, hitters tend to go back to their old habits. Anyone remember this April and the French god of walks? Yeah, that one lasted...almost into May. When the season's over, we can get a new hitting coach. (A new manager wouldn't hurt either.) Right now, all you're doing is rearranging deck chairs.
Oh yeah, I might as well say this too: this probably should be a FanShot. So there.