Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Chris Taylor Newsbeat

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)
  Beats: chris taylor, dodgers

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Sheer Tim Foli
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogAndruw of Center Field
(92 - 5:59am, Jan 16)
Last: Sunday silence

NewsblogOTP 15 January 2018:Mississippi's anti-gay marriage law is hurting two college baseball teams
(97 - 3:08am, Jan 16)
Last: Omineca Greg

NewsblogMarcell Ozuna reveals the once place he didn't want to be traded to.
(6 - 2:09am, Jan 16)
Last: Cooper Teenoh

NewsblogRyan Thibs has his HOF Ballot Tracker Up and Running!
(1418 - 1:37am, Jan 16)
Last: The Ghost of Logan Schafer

Newsblog4 Reasons Mets Signing Adrian Gonzalez Makes Sense
(12 - 1:08am, Jan 16)
Last: Meatwad

NewsblogAstros land Gerrit Cole in trade with Pirates
(43 - 12:43am, Jan 16)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogGiants, Pirates Agree To Andrew McCutchen Trade
(2 - 12:32am, Jan 16)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogPirates, Giants agree to McCutchen trade
(64 - 12:30am, Jan 16)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogHeyman | Yankees Having Trouble Finding Taker For Ellsbury
(102 - 11:13pm, Jan 15)
Last: Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle

NewsblogOT - NBA 2017-2018 Tip-off Thread
(2626 - 10:45pm, Jan 15)
Last: tshipman

NewsblogOT - 2017 NFL thread
(1272 - 10:25pm, Jan 15)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogSource: Kendrick returning to Nats on two-year deal - Nationals Pastime
(9 - 10:24pm, Jan 15)
Last: Walt Davis

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 2011 Discussion
(32 - 9:37pm, Jan 15)
Last: caiman

NewsblogOT: Winter Soccer Thread
(498 - 8:14pm, Jan 15)
Last: Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play

Sox TherapyLaugh With Me, Not At Me
(9 - 7:11pm, Jan 15)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

Page rendered in 1.1651 seconds
45 querie(s) executed