* Bench coach: JIM RIGGLEMANMy reaction is... who cares? Coaches have a marginal impact at best. I've never seen any study showing anything but thin anecdotal evidence that coaches have any consistent impact on the performance of their players. The studies I've seen looking at the impact of managers show that the gap between the absolute very best and worst in the league is a difference of only a handful of wins. The value of coaches I suspect is well nigh undetectable statistically.
* First base coach: MARQUIS GRISSOM
* Third base coach: PAT LISTACH
* Hitting coach: RICK ECKSTEIN
* Bullpen coach: RANDY KNORR
Casey Stengel said, "Managing is getting paid for home runs someone else hits." If that's true, then coaching is getting paid for sitting down and scratching yourself next to the guy getting paid for home runs someone else hits.
Does a team even need coaches at all? Personally, if I was commissioner I'd get rid of first base coaches and third base coaches and let the players make their own decisions about when to run or not. Overall I bet teams would do no worse, and it would be more fun. I suppose otherwise coaches serve some purpose, although again it's probably 90% just babysitting a bunch of guys, many of whom have the emotional maturity of 13-year-olds.
I guess it's good we have the jobs filled, but it never made sense to blame the likes of Lenny Harris for the awful performances of the talentless mass on the field, and it would be foolish to expect that there's going to be a measurable improvement on the field as a result of these hires. Even if Lenny was the worst hitting coach in the history of baseball (and perhaps he was), my hunch is that he didn't cost us more than a fraction of a win over the course of his entire tenure.
Bottom line, I'm just left shaking my head that wholesale firing of the furniture we call the coaching staff is all the accountability we're going to get for the disaster of 2008.