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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The story behind Los Angeles Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor’s unbelievable season

Adding to the mystery, I’d been told that spectral forces outside the big league ecosystem are responsible for transforming Taylor, 27, from a 4A—too good for Triple-A, not good enough for the majors—player with the Mariners into a revelation. It’s a little dicey; big league coaches are proprietary and for the most part conventional. There’s an ongoing jiu-jitsu between them and the growing number of individual gurus whose teachings often begin on the margins and stray from there.

My search for explanation led to Rancho Cucamonga, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, and Craig Wallenbrock, a 71-year-old hitting consultant who quit the baseball team at San Diego State in the late ‘60s to become “a hippie, pot-smoking surfer living on Mission Beach.” His background has created a mentality that accepts differences and despises labels, and he has to be the only hitting coach in recorded history—well, in baseball, anyway—who teaches based on the precepts of a 374-year-old text. He has a booming voice, a bottomless well of self-confidence and a bum ankle that feels better today after yesterday’s cortisone shot.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2017 at 02:20 PM | 13 comment(s)
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