Everything in Rays world is about the coaching changes right now. Jim Hickey, a mainstay at pitching coach, parted ways with the team, and Tom Foley, long-time bench coach, will move into a different (non-coaching) role.
That means that there’s a special episode of This Week in Rays Baseball, the excellent Rays Radio podcast.
Neil Solondz talked to GM Erik Neander, new Major League pitching coach Kyle Snyder, and Tampa Bay Times beat reporter Marc Topkin. You can find the podcast on iTunes, or listen here.
It’s a good introduction to Snyder, with the most interesting part from a “getting to know Snyder” perspective being him talking about the difference in hitters between Triple-A and the Majors—discipline. Big-league hitters know themselves better and chase less.
Topkin gives a good, candid interview too, saying that the change took Hickey by surprise, rather than being long-planned and discussed.
Topkin also noted that Hickey and Foley were with the team for a long time: “They both wore the green! Not a lot of guys left who wore the green.”
Thanks. Now this will be stuck in my head all day.
- Topkin also wrote about Snyder, the new pitching coach. A good starting place on a guy we’re going to know well.
- Piggybacking on Snyder’s comments regarding major leaguers and plate discipline, Ryan Pollack has a great article about visualizing aggression and discipline. Cameos on lists from Corey Dickerson, Evan Longoria, and Curt Casali.
- Daniel Robertson’s mom, Julie, was at the concert in Las Vegas where the mass shooting occurred. She was not injured.
- This is great. On August 25th, the Red Sox made a defensive replacement, removing Chris Young from the field, and then put him back into the lineup. He hit a single. Meg Rowley dissects the odd, illegal occurrence.
- The Fans Scouting Report needs more input from Rays fans.