The Baseball World According to Tarp.
The Houston Astros may be going to the American League, but they may not play America-League type ball. Former Cardinals star Vince Coleman, the first man to steal 100 bases or more in the big leagues in three consecutive seasons, is the baserunning instructor for all levels of the Astros’ system, and he is preaching aggressiveness.
Coleman, who will spend a lot of time at Class A Quad Cities, was recommended to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow by former Houston infielder Enos Cabell, who is in the Astros’ front office.
“With a St. Louis connection (Luhnow ran the Cardinals’ player development area), how could you not hire me?” said Coleman, laughing.
“I’ve got a Ph.D in the stolen base and baserunning. Baserunning is very underrated, even though it’s the aspect which determines where you win or lose ballgames.”
One part of the game that has bothered Coleman is the negativity associated with baserunning. “You’ve heard the terms, ‘Don’t get picked off. Don’t make the first out at third base. Don’t get doubled up on line drives.’ Those are the ‘how-not-tos.’
I’m the ‘how-to’ coach. We’re going to diffuse all the negatives,” said Coleman.
...Coleman said he was “on the couch” at his home in San Diego when the chance to help the Astros came up. He said that if he wasn’t doing this, he would be taking Michael Jordan’s money in golf.
Recently, Coleman said he dusted Jordan for three days in a row in the Jupiter, Fla., area. “I got fat,” said Coleman, meaning his wallet was bulging.
Posted: March 02, 2013 at 08:56 AM | 28 comment(s)
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