If teams didn't have hitting coaches, who would get fired when a lineup can't be flipped?
I'm kidding, mostly.
You all know I have not been singing the praises of Albert.
I think this is the make-or-break year for him.
I don't see the Cardinals pivoting away from him after 10 games, though.
If that was the case they would have let him go or reassigned him to a different role this offseason.
Yes, many players on many teams have individualized hitting coaches or people they work with.
That used to be a sign of problems with the team hitting coach, maybe.
Now it's pretty common, and the good hitting coaches build a bridge between players' individual instructors and the team to make sure lines of communication are open.
Think of it like a trainer.
Guys have their individual workouts during the offseason that they like. It doesn't necessarily mean the team's training staff is bad.
What you don't want is one trainer coaching power lifting while the other coaches marathon running, if that clumsy analogy makes sense.
You want everyone on the same page, speaking the same language, more or less.
As for Albert, specifically, it is not a ringing endorsement that one of his most outspoken defenders, Paul DeJong, is struggling mightily to start the season.
And Jim Edmonds' continued conversations on the TV broadcasts about how many of the hitters he talks to on a regular basis about hitting does open the door to questions about what guys may or may not be getting from Albert.
That has become a very interesting subplot for those following along closely, as I'm sure many of you are.