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Give him five: Jaramillo has ideas for Byrd

1/4/10 in MLB   |   Frankie_D   |   290 respect

According to Rudy Jaramillo, They now have a perfect No. 5 hitter. They have someone who will be a leader in the clubhouse. And, Byrd is a good salesman for Jaramillo's approach. 

There's good reason. In four seasons with Philadelphia, Byrd hit .271 with a .332 on-base percentage and .377 slugging percentage. In two years with Washington, he hit .245 with a .318 OBP and .366 slugging percentage. The last three seasons in Texas with Jaramillo, Byrd has hit .295 with a .352 OBP and .468 slugging percentage.

Jaramillo was Byrd's hitting coach the last three seasons in Texas and the two are now reunited as members of the Cubs. Jaramillo was named the team's new hitting coach in October while Byrd signed a three-year contract on Thursday. "[Byrd] told me at the end of the season, 'I want to go where you're going,'" Jaramillo said Friday. 
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