Marlins Hire Brett Butler

Source: Clark Spencer, Miami Herald

Dodgers_Brett_Butler_2013Whether it was long ball or small ball, it made no difference to the Miami Marlins last season. They ranked last in the majors in home runs and — at the opposite end of the spectrum — bunt hits.

Brett Butler harbors no illusions of curing the power deficiency.

But the Marlins are counting on Butler, an exceptional bunter and base runner over his 17-year major-league career, to help get the ground game going in an attempt to cure the team’s scoring woes.

“I think it’s all about attitude,” said Butler, a 56-year-old overachiever the Marlins hired last week as third-base coach in charge of bunting, base running and outfield defense. “I think once they buy into it, it’s easier to teach.”