Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Troy Tulowitzki latest former MLB player to find home in college baseball

Tulowitzki is among the latest of a growing number of former MLB players who have joined the collegiate ranks. There’s Matt Holliday and Robin Ventura at Oklahoma State. Tim Hudson and Gabe Gross at Auburn. Troy Percival at UC Riverside. Andy Stankiewicz at Grand Canyon. Chris Sabo at the University of Akron. Tracy Woodson at Richmond. And long-time head coaches Scott Bradley at Princeton and John Stuper at Yale.

“What Tulo is saying is 100% accurate,’’ says Bradley, who had a nine-year career in the major leagues and is in his 24th year at Princeton. “You can coach. You can impart your wisdom. You can help these young student athletes develop in all areas of their life.’’

But in the minors, where 67% of the plate appearances in a recent three-game series in the California League resulted in strikeouts, you rarely find experienced major-league players to lend their expertise.

“Experience has been completely negated by front offices,’’ says Bradley. “It’s all about what certifications they have. Are they Rapsodo and Drive Line certified? They’re getting completely away from anybody with experience.

“I look around, and there’s all these new sophisticated, high-tech job titles. They have a director of offensive creation and run prevention. Quality insurance coaches. There are computer science analysts being hired who never played baseball in their lives to help interpret and run algorithms.

“This is crazy. It’s baseball. It’s not a science experiment.’’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 23, 2021 at 11:42 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: college baseball, troy tulowitzki

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Dr. Pooks Posted: May 24, 2021 at 01:13 AM (#6020534)
“Experience has been completely negated by front offices,’’ says Bradley. “It’s all about what certifications they have. Are they Rapsodo and Drive Line certified? They’re getting completely away from anybody with experience.


I would surmise that it's less about MLB teams not valuing experience of former stars like Tulo and more about MLB teams not being able to make minor league coaching attractive enough in terms of remuneration and working conditions to have it make sense for a former ballplayer with a net worth in the nine figures to ride buses for 4 months of the year and stay at discount motels.
   2. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: May 24, 2021 at 12:22 PM (#6020574)
At least he'll still have a gaggle of neckbeards with spiral-bound binders full of baseball cards before every game to remind him of the pro experience.
   3. GregD Posted: May 24, 2021 at 03:02 PM (#6020591)
67% of the plate appearances in a recent three-game series in the California League resulted in strikeouts
small sample size, but yikes
   4. Cblau Posted: May 24, 2021 at 09:05 PM (#6020634)
There is no longer a California League. Assuming they meant the High-A West league, in 18 games the Tri-City club has struck out 241 times. The fewest strikeouts in the league are the 171 by Eugene, also in 18 games.
   5. Cris E Posted: May 25, 2021 at 04:08 PM (#6020771)
Strikeouts are no different from any other complete inability to get a ball in play.
   6. Jobu is silent on the changeup Posted: May 26, 2021 at 07:26 AM (#6020881)
I almost said that the article was just another "old men yelling at clouds" piece, but it would be more accurate to say it's some recognizable old men yelling at things that seem vaguely cloud-like to them, but they cannot say for sure because they refuse to bother learning what a cloud is.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
TedBerg
for his generous support.

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogEmpty Stadium Sports Will Be Really Weird
(14190 - 12:48am, Sep 27)
Last: rr: cosmopolitan elite

Sox TherapyOK, Let’s Play Scenarios
(10 - 12:46am, Sep 27)
Last: Textbook Editor

NewsblogMullins 1st Oriole in 30-30 club: 'It's surreal'
(21 - 12:40am, Sep 27)
Last: Tom Nawrocki

NewsblogBob Uecker Day cause for 50th celebration
(2 - 12:30am, Sep 27)
Last: Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams)

NewsblogThe 3,000 Hit Club Is Closed for Maintenance
(40 - 11:54pm, Sep 26)
Last: Cooper Nielson

NewsblogVaxed, waxed, and ready for the WEEKEND OMNICHATTER!, for September 24-26, 2021
(141 - 11:48pm, Sep 26)
Last: Howie Menckel

Sox TherapyIt's A Sprint, Not A Marathon
(70 - 11:18pm, Sep 26)
Last: Textbook Editor

NewsblogNBA 2021 Playoffs+ thread
(4616 - 10:55pm, Sep 26)
Last: tshipman

NewsblogChicago Cubs plan to be 'really active" in MLB free agency, says team president Jed Hoyer
(10 - 9:59pm, Sep 26)
Last: The Honorable Ardo

NewsblogOT Soccer Thread - Transfer! Kits! Other Stuff!
(288 - 4:59pm, Sep 26)
Last: manchestermets

NewsblogHyde to return as O's skipper in 2022
(2 - 3:35pm, Sep 26)
Last: Jack Keefe

NewsblogCarlos Gomez Officially Announces Retirement
(8 - 3:29pm, Sep 26)
Last: Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams)

Newsblog14 wins in a row! Cards tie 1935 club record
(9 - 2:32pm, Sep 26)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogThey could be ROY vote-getters -- again
(13 - 2:46am, Sep 26)
Last: vortex of dissipation

NewsblogOT - August/September 2021 College Football thread
(251 - 10:43pm, Sep 25)
Last: Howie Menckel

Page rendered in 0.3064 seconds
48 querie(s) executed