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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
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   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.

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