McMurray: What does an MLB bench coach really do?

From SABR member John McMurray at The Sporting News on August 6, 2018:

The role of bench coach has become increasingly important in MLB over the past three decades, but what bench coaches do is usually hidden from public view. In fact, bench coaches do much more than coach players on the bench. 

Brad Mills, bench coach for the Cleveland Indians, previously held the same role for the Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox. In part because of his close relationship with Cleveland manager Terry Francona, having known Francona for four decades since they played baseball together in college at the University of Arizona, Mills has been able to be particularly effective as Cleveland’s bench coach.

Sporting News spoke with Mills to get insight into the many things, often out of sight, that bench coaches do in today’s game to help a team succeed.

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Originally published: August 6, 2018. Last Updated: August 6, 2018.