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Monday, January 12, 2015

Dodgers finalize Minor League coaching staffs

We wondered how Guggenheim’s money combined with Friedman’s forward thinking would manifest itself in the organization. Maybe healthier training tables for minor-league players?

After radically reshaping the front office, the Dodgers announced their Minor League staff for 2015 with only a handful of personnel changes, including the addition of a third coach at all levels.

The Dodgers coaching staff runs almost a dozen deep, so why skimp out in the minors? I guarantee this is common practice throughout baseball within five years.
What else?

New director of player personnel Gabe Kapler said the added coach helps ensure at least one Spanish-speaking staff member on every affiliate.

This, too, is a move that seems so obvious - yet it’s 2015 and the Dodgers are making news by doing it.


Thursday, January 08, 2015

Nationals hire Rick Ankiel as “life skills coordinator”

Those who can’t, teach.

Rick Ankiel‘s weird career has taken another interesting turn, as the retired pitcher-turned-outfielder has been hired by the Nationals as a “life skills coordinator” as part of their minor-league coaching staff.

According to the team’s press release the 35-year-old Ankiel “will draw on his vast experience as a player to help mentor Nationals farmhands.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 08, 2015 at 01:32 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, life skills, nationals, rick ankiel

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hitting coaches blamed for lack of offense - Sports - The Boston Globe

Magadan believes batting averages will continue to plummet because hitters won’t make adjustments.

“I tell my guys all the time, you can continue trying to hit into the shift and come back and complain how much the shift is hurting you,” said Magadan, “or you stay inside a slider and take a shot the other way and get on base more.”

Valentin also thinks pitching is getting better. The power arms have made it tough on hitters. He emphasizes swinging at fastballs early in the count so hitters don’t fall behind so much. There are so many called third strikes because of the grind-it-out approach to hitting that the emphasis seems to be shifting to hitting earlier in the count if you get a fastball down the middle of the plate.

Bottom line: Hitting coaches are getting blamed more for things that are out of their control.

“It’s a results business,” Magadan said. “If you don’t get the results, you’re at risk.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2014 at 10:16 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, hitting, hitting coaches

 

 

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