DETROIT -- A growing number of teams, including the Giants, are employing two hitting coaches. It's simply a matter of doing what's best for players. "It's hard to give them undivided attention every day," said Hensley Meulens, who shares San Francisco's hitting-coach duties with Joe Lefebvre. "There's a lot of work guys do today that they didn't do before," Lefebvre said.
Lefebvre returned to the field late last season after spending nearly five years serving general manager Brian Sabean as a senior advisor of professional scouting. Lefebvre is accustomed to sharing responsibilities as hitting coach, having done that with Gene Clines in 2002 and Willie Upshaw during part of his 2003-07 tenure as San Francisco's primary batting coach. "He has a great understanding of what it is I want to get done," Meulens said of Lefebvre. "And he has a great eye for guys not doing things right." Lefebvre said that when he suggests to Meulens giving advice to a particular hitter, "a lot of times he'll say, 'Go ahead and do it.'" Something must be working. The Giants scored 718 runs this season, compared with 570 last year. They also hit a Major League-best .296 with runners in scoring position after the All-Star break, eclipsing the .225 figure they posted in those situations before the break. "They get work done through each other and communicate so well together, whether it's in the cage, on the field or looking at video," manager Bruce Bochy said.