Did Jeff Albert's "do damage" approach ruin anybody? I don't see widespread carnage.
So let's look at the guys who really struggled. Tyler O'Neill has always been a home-run hitter. That's what he arrived as and that's how he got to the majors. so he was always trying to do damage. This year he didn't hit between injuries, but it's not like he was trying something new.
Dylan Carlson took a step back last year thanks to his struggles from the left side. How much of that was injury-related? Don't know. Was he trying to power up too much? He's not really that sort of hitter, but this question has to be part of the postseason autopsy. Maybe he was trying to "go big" as Piscotty used to say.
Harrison Bader hit for some power in 2021. This year became a mess here before the trade, but how much of that was his persistent foot issue?
Yadier Molina broke down, but it wasn't because he was always looking for homers. He looked to do damage on first-pitch fastballs, but with two strikes he still used the whole field with a reduced swing.
Paul DeJong is a better example of how the "three true outcomes" approach league-wide, not just here, can be problematic. He had a fine rookie season in 2017, albeit with plenty of strikeouts.
Then came two seasons with notably lower batting averages, but ample power. He fit the modern hitting profile. This is who he was and the Cardinals were good with that. Then came the pandemic year, a complete wash, followed by two disastrous seasons. So with him, he was using an approach that worked OK until it didn't.
For me, it's simple: Some guys can hit well and others can't. A lot goes into that, but inevitably too much blame falls on the hitting coach when guys fail.