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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Ted Kubiak returns to share his knowledge with the Scrappers

It might not be a uniform…but here’s one book jacket I’m going to dislike.

So, on top of buying and selling a wealth of baseball memorabilia on ebay, including Babe Ruth signed balls, bats and gloves from the 1920s and authentic merchandise from the 1890s, Kubiak started penning his thoughts.

“What the book is is a combination of instruction and how I develop what I do with players,’ ” he said. “It mixes with my major league days, too. There’s a lot of history of the game in it like how did the old guys work out at the start of baseball history compared to how I worked out.

“Another half of the book is changes in the game from what I’ve seen - what I like and what I don’t like.”

Aside from the money involved in baseball, from endorsement deals to agents seeking astronomical contracts, Kubiak notes the addition of computers in the game. Programs that can dictate different trends in swing and pitch projections and sabermetric statistics seem to be a bible for scouts and are taking over.

Kubiak, as traditional of a baseball fan as they come, says those numbers don’t take into account how a player will perform in the future, despite being new-age techniques.

“You have to know a player’s approach at the plate,” he said. “You have to know his heart, his personality, how he does on the field, in the locker room and with his teammates.

“Even how much he likes his uniform - all that stuff affects a player.”

Repoz Posted: June 16, 2013 at 07:09 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: June 16, 2013 at 07:21 AM (#4470406)

I'll bet I bought at least 25 Ted Kubiak baseball cards within a 3-year span. Seemed like the guy was in every other pack...

   2. Bruce Markusen Posted: June 16, 2013 at 08:45 AM (#4470412)
One of baseball's good guys. He was nicknamed "Smooth" during his playing days for the way he played the middle infield. I cannot believe he's 71!

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