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Kyle Wagner- Author of Green Light Hitting and How the Rivercats Won, Teacher and Coach

Subscribe here! Description Kyle is a former standout high school baseball player who went on to play Division 1 baseball at Wake Forrest and a year professionally in the Angels organization. Kyle was also a part of the historic 2015 Red Land Little League team that wen on to win the United States Championship. He is the author of two books- Green light hitting and How the Rivercats won. Kyle is one of my favorite twitter follows because he always helps me to think deeper on different subjectslikepractice design andplayer development. Resources How The RiverCats Won: Lessons on Relationships and Competition Green Light Hitting from the backyards to the big leagues Contact https://twitter.com/GowagsKyle

60 min3 d ago
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Kyle Wagner- Author of Green Light Hitting and How the Rivercats Won, Teacher and Coach

David Jeans- Head Baseball Coach, De La Salle HS (CA)

Subscribe here! Description Today we have on David Jeans, head baseball coach for De La Salle HS. David is an industrial engineer by trade and after pursing that for several years, started coaching a 6th grade basketball team. This led him to coaching football at De La Salle during the Bob Ladouceur era, which is one of the most successful dynasties in HS football history. He worked his way up the ranks and became the head baseball coach in 2012. And Since 2012- De La Salle Baseball has reached title game every year, won in 12,14,16,17,18,19. So on the show we discuss how being a football coach has helped Under coach Lad helped him to establish a “development first” program. We discuss how being an engineer has helped with with practice plan design in limited space. And we dive deep into what being Spartan looks like on a daily basis. Resources Ideal Team Player Contact https://twitter.com/jeans_david Email Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto David Jeans: Head Baseball Coach De La S...

56 min1 w ago
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David Jeans- Head Baseball Coach, De La Salle HS (CA)

Curt Nelson, Professional Hitting Consultant and NW Bandits Head Coach (WA).

Subscribe here! Description Today we have on Curt Nelson, Professional Hitting Consultant. and NW bandits head coach (WA). Curt works with players from the big leagues to little league. So on the show we discuss what his evaluation process looks from when a person walks in the door for the first time, to fine tuning professional hitters mechanics. We dive deep into hitting mechanics, game planning, timing and much more. This episode is so good and here is Curt Nelson! resources Curt’s YouTube page Contact Info https://twitter.com/Nelson_Hitting Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto The goal of a coach is to take each player and take them to the next level. When pre assessing a player, you need to understand the level of play of the player. Professional players you need to look up video to get a start on understanding them. You want to see how each player moves and thinks to understand what can work for the player. Lead by asking questions to learn more about each player. The more you u...

89 min2 w ago
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Curt Nelson, Professional Hitting Consultant and NW Bandits Head Coach (WA).

Kevin Wilson- Professional Hitting Consultant

Subscribe here! Description For over 19 years, Kevin Wilson has been one of the most sought after hitting consultants in the game. Kevin currently works with or has worked with with Minor and Major League players from all 30 MLB organizations. In 2013, Kevin was the hitting coach for the USA Baseball 18U National Team. Team USA beat Japan for the Gold medal at the IBAF World Cup in Taiwan. On the show Kevin and I discuss what #goodbatting is, we talk about how hitting is a conversation. And Kevin walks us through what it sounds like to be in a cage session with him. This episode is packed full of content and here is Kevin Wilson! Resources Inner game of golf- Timothy Gallwey Inner game of tennis- Timothy Gallwey Contact https://twitter.com/KWBaseball https://www.kwbaseball.com/ Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto Understand that the longer you’re in a profession and you continue to grow the better coach you will become. When you have a goo have confidence in yourself to get there. Re...

62 min3 w ago
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Kevin Wilson- Professional Hitting Consultant

Tom Sutaris- MiLB Hitting Coach, Colorado Rockies

Subscribe here! Description Today we're joined by Tom Sutaris. Tom has spent timecoaching at every level. He was ahigh schoolEnglish teacher and coach, a college coach, and is now the AA hitting coach for theColorado Rockies. On the show Tom shares with us some ways he has grown as a coach, especially getting to coach at eachlevel, we talk how to make changes with the player and how to ask questions to get to the root of the problem, and Tom dives deep into how tocreate a hitting culture. Resources Energy Bus-Jon Gordon Atomic Habits- James Clear Contact https://twitter.com/dirtsutaris Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto It’s always important to know your why and never forget it. Hope your players to the team standard always. Video is crucial to help players create awareness to make changes and give feedback. “Everything we say to a guy matters.” As each level you go down understand that the confidence level of the players goes down. Have patience and be a good listener. Be careful...

55 minAUG 24
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Tom Sutaris- MiLB Hitting Coach, Colorado Rockies

Billy Berry- Head Baseball Coach, Tennessee Weslyan University

iTunes Youtube Google Spotify Description Today we have on Billy Berry, Head Baseball Coach at Tennessee Weslyan University Billy was the head coach of TWU from 2005-2015 and then returned to TWU in July of 2017 after a two year coaching stint at the Baylor School. Billy and TWU have won 2 NAIA national championships during his 2 stints andIn his twenty + years of coaching, He has seen over forty former players move on to professional baseball.He wants to continue to help young men use baseball as an avenue to get their education, continue on the bulldog baseball success and have kids that represent the school, their families and the program with pride. So on the show we talk about how he uses the Weslyan tradition to ingrain the culture every year. How he helps players to own their career and holds them accountable, and he discusses how to “attack the day” everyday. Books Energy Bus Books about programs or seasons Contact bberry@tnwesleyan.edu @BillyBerry13 Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto Let everyone who has helped you along the way how much you appreciate them. When you go to a program understand what it does well and what it doesn’t do well. Adopt what works well and advance it. It will be a smooth transition for the players and for the coach. Be humble enough to keep a good tradition going and add on to what works. Create your culture and your team will build their own identity based off of the culture created. Each team will look different but can still adhere and live the culture you create. Be appreciative of the opportunities that you are given. Understand why every opportunity is important on your journey. On day one have a team meeting. Ask the team what sacrifices they are willing to take to win? You are successful in the classroom, on the field, and off the field. The decisions the players and coaches make in those areas will determine how successful the team is going forward. Prepare your players to be accountable and valuing their time and the time of others in life. Prepare them to win on the field and in life. Focus on communication and one on one communication with your players. Have your core values discussed each day of the week. Example: Appreciation (Core Value). Have a classroom session or pull over players one on one and have them tell you about someone they appreciate and why. This bonds players together and everyone gets a deeper understanding of the individual. To have a successful team, the players are responsible for the team first and themselves second. “Culture is a learned trait.” Therefore the culture you want is something you can teach. You want your practices to match the speed of what you want your team to be. Example: practice fast because you want your team to play fast. I’m scrimmages make diving plays, taking risks, and being aggressive on the bases. In scrimmages give your players and teams extra points because of the aggressiveness. Tell them and show them that you won’t be upset with their aggressiveness. You want the practices to be challenging and the games to be easy. If players aren’t practicing hard send them home. You want your coaches to be good leaders in their own way. Whether that’s by example, vocal, etc. This will spread to the players. Your best teams will have the best players as the leaders. The players are the ones who will be driving the team on the best clubs. You want coaches and players who are hungry to achieve and want to work. Have an identity for your program that helps players fit into the program. The identity of the program will help the players understand how to act within their identity. Tell players that when they come into the program that they have a clean slate. It’s up to them to write their own story with this program. Tell them that if they do what they did. In the past then they won’t be successful here, but they have a fresh start. The best players are the ones that own their careers and hold themselves accountable. Address everything

69 minAUG 17
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Billy Berry- Head Baseball Coach, Tennessee Weslyan University

Head Coaches- Wes Brooks (Oxford HS, AL) Butch Chaffin (Cookeville HS, TN)

Today were joined by Episode #1 and #5. Butch Chaffin and Wes Brooks. Wes Brooks isthehead coach at Oxford HS in Alabama and Butch Chaffin, Headcoach at cookeville HS in Tennessee. I may have mentioned it several times on the podcast, but I want to reiterate it here. Butch and Wes are two of the best coaches in the country and they absolutely get the most out their guys and love them to death. So on the show, we talk about what’s important to them. We discuss what growing men in your program means, we talk all things culture building, and you can develop a system that works for your program. Resources Twitter.com ABCA.org Mans search for meaning Legacy Contact @oldgoldsports @gawbage29 Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto Baseball will teach you a lot about life and reward you with friends and a lifelong memories. If your players see that you love the game then the relationships will come. As a coach you want to touch the lives of your players, make them better people, and help them f...

96 minAUG 10
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Head Coaches- Wes Brooks (Oxford HS, AL) Butch Chaffin (Cookeville HS, TN)

Ryan Sienko- Catching Coordinator, Los Angeles Dodgers

This episode is sponsored by Athlete's Brand. iTunes Youtube Google Spotify Description Today we have on Ryan Sienko- Catching Coordinator for the LA Dodgers Ryan was a catcher at the University of Iowa, played professionally for the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and in independent baseball where he was an All-Star. His current responsibilities include catching philosophies and drills, deciphering receiving metrics, blocking philosophies and drills, throwing philosophies and drills, coordinating player plans, working with the research and development department, drills and skill work, and traveling to all affiliates to work with the catchers. On the show, we discuss how he evaluates catchers, what data and trends we can look for, and we go through several drills and thought processes with how we can setup up catchers to maximize their potential, on and off the field. Resources Choose love not fear Getting outside ofyour comfort zone. “Ask other people what challenges the face, a...

66 minAUG 3
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Ryan Sienko- Catching Coordinator, Los Angeles Dodgers

Jason Kanzler- MiLB Hitting Coach, Houston Astros

iTunes Youtube Google Spotify Today we have on Jason Kanzler Jason was undrafted/unrecruited out of high school, tried to walk on at Northeastern University in Boston and Was cut after fall ball, He Went on to attend the University of Buffalo and became thefirst D1 player ever to win the gold glove award twice, won MAC player of year, won UB student athlete of year, then was drafted in 20th round by Twins as senior sign for $1k Jason played 3 years in twins system, during which they a Florida state league championship and then spent the next2.5 years teaching high school physics/chemistry while also coaching baseball He was hired by with Astros last year, and was the hitting coach in high A. On the show we talk about the art of coaching, we discuss the importance of data and how subjective measurements are also important. We dig in conversations in the dugout an how we can teach the game within the game. Resources owntheoffseason.com Antifragile-Nassim Nicholas Taleb Stuart McMillan...

69 minJUL 29
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Jason Kanzler- MiLB Hitting Coach, Houston Astros

Chris Gimenez- MLB Game Planning Coach, Los Angeles Dodgers and Michael McCarthy, MiLB Pitching Coach, Minnesota Twins

iTunes Youtube Google Spotify Description Today we have on Chris Gimenez from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Michael McCarthy from the Minnesota Twins. In parts of 10 seasons, Chris appeared in 386 Major League games and tallied 1067 plate appearances between the Indians, Twins, Mariners, Rays, Rangers and Cubs. While the bulk of Gimenez’s work came behind the plate, he was versatile enough to spend time at first base, in the outfield corners and, more briefly at third base. Beyond that, Gimenez took the ball for 11 relief appearances in his career.He is currently the game planning coach for the LA Dodgers. Mike went from mowing lawns, dragging infields and “just trying to be a part of” Cal State Bakersfield’s first baseball team to being 14th round selection by the Boston Red Sox in the 2011 MLB draft and he spent parts of his final three seasons with Triple-A Pawtucket. His final season came in 2016.and is currently the pitching coach for AAA Rochester in theMinnesota Twins organ...

87 minJUL 20
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Chris Gimenez- MLB Game Planning Coach, Los Angeles Dodgers and Michael McCarthy, MiLB Pitching Coach, Minnesota Twins

Latest Episodes

Kyle Wagner- Author of Green Light Hitting and How the Rivercats Won, Teacher and Coach

Subscribe here! Description Kyle is a former standout high school baseball player who went on to play Division 1 baseball at Wake Forrest and a year professionally in the Angels organization. Kyle was also a part of the historic 2015 Red Land Little League team that wen on to win the United States Championship. He is the author of two books- Green light hitting and How the Rivercats won. Kyle is one of my favorite twitter follows because he always helps me to think deeper on different subjectslikepractice design andplayer development. Resources How The RiverCats Won: Lessons on Relationships and Competition Green Light Hitting from the backyards to the big leagues Contact https://twitter.com/GowagsKyle

60 min3 d ago
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Kyle Wagner- Author of Green Light Hitting and How the Rivercats Won, Teacher and Coach

David Jeans- Head Baseball Coach, De La Salle HS (CA)

Subscribe here! Description Today we have on David Jeans, head baseball coach for De La Salle HS. David is an industrial engineer by trade and after pursing that for several years, started coaching a 6th grade basketball team. This led him to coaching football at De La Salle during the Bob Ladouceur era, which is one of the most successful dynasties in HS football history. He worked his way up the ranks and became the head baseball coach in 2012. And Since 2012- De La Salle Baseball has reached title game every year, won in 12,14,16,17,18,19. So on the show we discuss how being a football coach has helped Under coach Lad helped him to establish a “development first” program. We discuss how being an engineer has helped with with practice plan design in limited space. And we dive deep into what being Spartan looks like on a daily basis. Resources Ideal Team Player Contact https://twitter.com/jeans_david Email Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto David Jeans: Head Baseball Coach De La S...

56 min1 w ago
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David Jeans- Head Baseball Coach, De La Salle HS (CA)

Curt Nelson, Professional Hitting Consultant and NW Bandits Head Coach (WA).

Subscribe here! Description Today we have on Curt Nelson, Professional Hitting Consultant. and NW bandits head coach (WA). Curt works with players from the big leagues to little league. So on the show we discuss what his evaluation process looks from when a person walks in the door for the first time, to fine tuning professional hitters mechanics. We dive deep into hitting mechanics, game planning, timing and much more. This episode is so good and here is Curt Nelson! resources Curt’s YouTube page Contact Info https://twitter.com/Nelson_Hitting Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto The goal of a coach is to take each player and take them to the next level. When pre assessing a player, you need to understand the level of play of the player. Professional players you need to look up video to get a start on understanding them. You want to see how each player moves and thinks to understand what can work for the player. Lead by asking questions to learn more about each player. The more you u...

89 min2 w ago
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Curt Nelson, Professional Hitting Consultant and NW Bandits Head Coach (WA).

Kevin Wilson- Professional Hitting Consultant

Subscribe here! Description For over 19 years, Kevin Wilson has been one of the most sought after hitting consultants in the game. Kevin currently works with or has worked with with Minor and Major League players from all 30 MLB organizations. In 2013, Kevin was the hitting coach for the USA Baseball 18U National Team. Team USA beat Japan for the Gold medal at the IBAF World Cup in Taiwan. On the show Kevin and I discuss what #goodbatting is, we talk about how hitting is a conversation. And Kevin walks us through what it sounds like to be in a cage session with him. This episode is packed full of content and here is Kevin Wilson! Resources Inner game of golf- Timothy Gallwey Inner game of tennis- Timothy Gallwey Contact https://twitter.com/KWBaseball https://www.kwbaseball.com/ Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto Understand that the longer you’re in a profession and you continue to grow the better coach you will become. When you have a goo have confidence in yourself to get there. Re...

62 min3 w ago
Comments
Kevin Wilson- Professional Hitting Consultant

Tom Sutaris- MiLB Hitting Coach, Colorado Rockies

Subscribe here! Description Today we're joined by Tom Sutaris. Tom has spent timecoaching at every level. He was ahigh schoolEnglish teacher and coach, a college coach, and is now the AA hitting coach for theColorado Rockies. On the show Tom shares with us some ways he has grown as a coach, especially getting to coach at eachlevel, we talk how to make changes with the player and how to ask questions to get to the root of the problem, and Tom dives deep into how tocreate a hitting culture. Resources Energy Bus-Jon Gordon Atomic Habits- James Clear Contact https://twitter.com/dirtsutaris Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto It’s always important to know your why and never forget it. Hope your players to the team standard always. Video is crucial to help players create awareness to make changes and give feedback. “Everything we say to a guy matters.” As each level you go down understand that the confidence level of the players goes down. Have patience and be a good listener. Be careful...

55 minAUG 24
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Tom Sutaris- MiLB Hitting Coach, Colorado Rockies

Billy Berry- Head Baseball Coach, Tennessee Weslyan University

iTunes Youtube Google Spotify Description Today we have on Billy Berry, Head Baseball Coach at Tennessee Weslyan University Billy was the head coach of TWU from 2005-2015 and then returned to TWU in July of 2017 after a two year coaching stint at the Baylor School. Billy and TWU have won 2 NAIA national championships during his 2 stints andIn his twenty + years of coaching, He has seen over forty former players move on to professional baseball.He wants to continue to help young men use baseball as an avenue to get their education, continue on the bulldog baseball success and have kids that represent the school, their families and the program with pride. So on the show we talk about how he uses the Weslyan tradition to ingrain the culture every year. How he helps players to own their career and holds them accountable, and he discusses how to “attack the day” everyday. Books Energy Bus Books about programs or seasons Contact bberry@tnwesleyan.edu @BillyBerry13 Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto Let everyone who has helped you along the way how much you appreciate them. When you go to a program understand what it does well and what it doesn’t do well. Adopt what works well and advance it. It will be a smooth transition for the players and for the coach. Be humble enough to keep a good tradition going and add on to what works. Create your culture and your team will build their own identity based off of the culture created. Each team will look different but can still adhere and live the culture you create. Be appreciative of the opportunities that you are given. Understand why every opportunity is important on your journey. On day one have a team meeting. Ask the team what sacrifices they are willing to take to win? You are successful in the classroom, on the field, and off the field. The decisions the players and coaches make in those areas will determine how successful the team is going forward. Prepare your players to be accountable and valuing their time and the time of others in life. Prepare them to win on the field and in life. Focus on communication and one on one communication with your players. Have your core values discussed each day of the week. Example: Appreciation (Core Value). Have a classroom session or pull over players one on one and have them tell you about someone they appreciate and why. This bonds players together and everyone gets a deeper understanding of the individual. To have a successful team, the players are responsible for the team first and themselves second. “Culture is a learned trait.” Therefore the culture you want is something you can teach. You want your practices to match the speed of what you want your team to be. Example: practice fast because you want your team to play fast. I’m scrimmages make diving plays, taking risks, and being aggressive on the bases. In scrimmages give your players and teams extra points because of the aggressiveness. Tell them and show them that you won’t be upset with their aggressiveness. You want the practices to be challenging and the games to be easy. If players aren’t practicing hard send them home. You want your coaches to be good leaders in their own way. Whether that’s by example, vocal, etc. This will spread to the players. Your best teams will have the best players as the leaders. The players are the ones who will be driving the team on the best clubs. You want coaches and players who are hungry to achieve and want to work. Have an identity for your program that helps players fit into the program. The identity of the program will help the players understand how to act within their identity. Tell players that when they come into the program that they have a clean slate. It’s up to them to write their own story with this program. Tell them that if they do what they did. In the past then they won’t be successful here, but they have a fresh start. The best players are the ones that own their careers and hold themselves accountable. Address everything

69 minAUG 17
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Billy Berry- Head Baseball Coach, Tennessee Weslyan University

Head Coaches- Wes Brooks (Oxford HS, AL) Butch Chaffin (Cookeville HS, TN)

Today were joined by Episode #1 and #5. Butch Chaffin and Wes Brooks. Wes Brooks isthehead coach at Oxford HS in Alabama and Butch Chaffin, Headcoach at cookeville HS in Tennessee. I may have mentioned it several times on the podcast, but I want to reiterate it here. Butch and Wes are two of the best coaches in the country and they absolutely get the most out their guys and love them to death. So on the show, we talk about what’s important to them. We discuss what growing men in your program means, we talk all things culture building, and you can develop a system that works for your program. Resources Twitter.com ABCA.org Mans search for meaning Legacy Contact @oldgoldsports @gawbage29 Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto Baseball will teach you a lot about life and reward you with friends and a lifelong memories. If your players see that you love the game then the relationships will come. As a coach you want to touch the lives of your players, make them better people, and help them f...

96 minAUG 10
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Head Coaches- Wes Brooks (Oxford HS, AL) Butch Chaffin (Cookeville HS, TN)

Ryan Sienko- Catching Coordinator, Los Angeles Dodgers

This episode is sponsored by Athlete's Brand. iTunes Youtube Google Spotify Description Today we have on Ryan Sienko- Catching Coordinator for the LA Dodgers Ryan was a catcher at the University of Iowa, played professionally for the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and in independent baseball where he was an All-Star. His current responsibilities include catching philosophies and drills, deciphering receiving metrics, blocking philosophies and drills, throwing philosophies and drills, coordinating player plans, working with the research and development department, drills and skill work, and traveling to all affiliates to work with the catchers. On the show, we discuss how he evaluates catchers, what data and trends we can look for, and we go through several drills and thought processes with how we can setup up catchers to maximize their potential, on and off the field. Resources Choose love not fear Getting outside ofyour comfort zone. “Ask other people what challenges the face, a...

66 minAUG 3
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Ryan Sienko- Catching Coordinator, Los Angeles Dodgers

Jason Kanzler- MiLB Hitting Coach, Houston Astros

iTunes Youtube Google Spotify Today we have on Jason Kanzler Jason was undrafted/unrecruited out of high school, tried to walk on at Northeastern University in Boston and Was cut after fall ball, He Went on to attend the University of Buffalo and became thefirst D1 player ever to win the gold glove award twice, won MAC player of year, won UB student athlete of year, then was drafted in 20th round by Twins as senior sign for $1k Jason played 3 years in twins system, during which they a Florida state league championship and then spent the next2.5 years teaching high school physics/chemistry while also coaching baseball He was hired by with Astros last year, and was the hitting coach in high A. On the show we talk about the art of coaching, we discuss the importance of data and how subjective measurements are also important. We dig in conversations in the dugout an how we can teach the game within the game. Resources owntheoffseason.com Antifragile-Nassim Nicholas Taleb Stuart McMillan...

69 minJUL 29
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Jason Kanzler- MiLB Hitting Coach, Houston Astros

Chris Gimenez- MLB Game Planning Coach, Los Angeles Dodgers and Michael McCarthy, MiLB Pitching Coach, Minnesota Twins

iTunes Youtube Google Spotify Description Today we have on Chris Gimenez from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Michael McCarthy from the Minnesota Twins. In parts of 10 seasons, Chris appeared in 386 Major League games and tallied 1067 plate appearances between the Indians, Twins, Mariners, Rays, Rangers and Cubs. While the bulk of Gimenez’s work came behind the plate, he was versatile enough to spend time at first base, in the outfield corners and, more briefly at third base. Beyond that, Gimenez took the ball for 11 relief appearances in his career.He is currently the game planning coach for the LA Dodgers. Mike went from mowing lawns, dragging infields and “just trying to be a part of” Cal State Bakersfield’s first baseball team to being 14th round selection by the Boston Red Sox in the 2011 MLB draft and he spent parts of his final three seasons with Triple-A Pawtucket. His final season came in 2016.and is currently the pitching coach for AAA Rochester in theMinnesota Twins organ...

87 minJUL 20
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Chris Gimenez- MLB Game Planning Coach, Los Angeles Dodgers and Michael McCarthy, MiLB Pitching Coach, Minnesota Twins
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