Posted by mirky on 10/3/2012 3:19:00 PM (view original):
Yes. 50 is average and where almost all coaches should be, imo,although I am not sure that WIS considers 50 as average. What I was trying to say is that there are very few coaches that are "difference" makers and they should be very costly and in short supply with significant impact. There shouldn't be 10 FI with 90 IQ, there shouldn't even be 10 greater than 50. On the other hand I've seen teams miss out on a coach and then get stuck with a Pitching Coach with a 30 IQ and 0 patience and discipline. That, to me, is the wrong way to make coaching negotiations important.
The "average" very well may be 50, but that's the average of all coaches at all levels of baseball (Little League to BLs). So, by the time you get to professional baseball and the BLs an "average" coach shouldn't even be considered. Any coach in pro ball should be way better than the average. However, I do agree with you on how many should be truly great. If you have roughly 50 total fielding coaches in a league I'd suggest 1 - 2 over 90 with high marks in patience and/or discipline. Perhaps another 5 - 6 in the 80+ range and then maybe 20 in the 65 - 79 range with varying strengths.
Of course, that would vary a bit season to season as coaches mature and retire.
I also think that the ratings of other coaches seem bloated. It's way, way too easy to get 85+ HC, BC and PC. The only spot similar to FI is finding coaches with good BR.