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For the most part, Pentland's teams were bad, the worst one being the 2005 Royals. To be fair, Tony Pena walked away from the team in May and the coaches soon followed. Remarkably, Pentland managed to find work quickly with the Mariners and led their hitters... well, nowhere. The 2005 Mariners finished dead last in the AL in both average and OPS. It only got slightly better in 2006. But in 2007, the Mariners busted out and gave Pentland his best season as a hitting coach. Led by Ichiro's .351 average and three players with an OPS over .800, the Mariners finished 6th in the AL in OPS. By the next season, though, the M's OPS dropped to 13th in the league and Pentland was gone again.
Now, I don't know much about Jeff Pentland beyond these numbers. He was apparently good enough to keep getting hired, in spite of the apparent lack of success he brought to his teams. But if I'm looking to replace Kevin Long, a hitting coach with a long record of success in New York, Jeff Pentland is not first on my list. Or second. Or, well, you get the idea.
I happen to like the idea that was floated a few months ago: bringing back Jason Giambi to coach. These aren't the Royals or Marlins. Even an unproven coaching commodity like Giambi makes more sense than a small-town, semi-successful, retread like Pentland.