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July 13, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: In Need of Heavenly Hitting

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John Perrotto

Mike Scioscia believes the Angels need to score more runs to win another AL West title, along with other notes from around the majors.

ANAHEIM – This city has become used to hosting major baseball events. The Angels have become a perennial playoff team, having qualified for the postseason in six of the last eight seasons and winning the franchise's lone World Series in 2002. The flagship city of the OC also hosted the winter meetings six years ago.

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June 28, 2009 11:36 am

Prospectus Q&A: Rudy Jaramillo

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David Laurila

A conversation with one of the game's great masters on the art and practice of hitting.

When it comes to teaching hitting, few do it as well as Rudy Jaramillo. Currently in his 15th season with the Rangers-the longest tenure of all big-league hitting coaches-the 58-year-old native of Beeville, Texas is arguably the best in the business. Called "a Hall of Fame hitting coach" by Alex Rodriguez, and "the best there is" by Michael Young, Jaramillo is a member of both the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame and the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame. Jaramillo recently sat down to talk about his favorite subject: the art and science of hitting a baseball

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May 20, 2009 1:02 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Toby Harrah, Part 2

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David Laurila

Finishing up a wide-ranging conversation with observations on who makes a good hitting coach, and what.

This is part two of a two-part interview with Tigers hitting coordinator and former big-league infielder Toby Harrah. The first part ran yesterday.

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May 12, 2009 12:27 pm

You Could Look It Up: The Importance of Being Paul Waner

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Steven Goldman

Picking your poison doesn't necessarily make you a star, today or yesterday.

One of the best lines on performance-enhancing drugs-perhaps it is more accurate in this case to say "performance-altering drugs"-can be found in The Disney Films, by Leonard Maltin. It refers to Disney's 1940 picture Fantasia:

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October 26, 2008 12:54 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Gene Tenace

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David Laurila

A hitting coach discusses what it's like to be in the zone and becoming an unlikely World series MVP.

Gene Tenace transcends eras. Hired as the Blue Jays hitting coach when Cito Gaston replaced John Gibbons this past June, Tenace was a World Series MVP at a time when statistics like OBP and SLG meant little or nothing to most baseball fans. One of the most under-appreciated players the game has seen, Tenace has been rated by Bill James as the 23rd-best catcher in big-league history despite a lifetime average of .241. Now 62 years old, Tenace earned that distinction thanks to an ability to get on base and hit with power, having posted an OPS of 817 between 1969 and 1983 (versus a league average of 694). Tenace talked about his hitting approach, and about his spectacular 1972 World Series performance, during a Blue Jays visit to Fenway Park in September.

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Musings on the essence and eternal return of the timeless game.

Philosophy has long shared a connection with baseball, but it is the rare player who has chosen the discipline as a course of study. Ryan Lavarnway is just such a ballplayer, having majored in philosophy at Yale prior to being chosen by the Red Sox in the sixth round of this year's draft. A right-handed-hitting catcher who led the NCAA in 2007 with a .467 average, Lavarnway made his professional debut with short-season Lowell, where he hit .211 with a pair of home runs in 71 at-bats. Lavarnway sat down to share his thoughts on Nietzsche, free will on the diamond, and the philosophical mindset of Cubs fans.

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September 7, 2008 12:05 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Cito Gaston

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David Laurila

The once and future Jays manager talks about his return to the dugout, going up to bat with a plan, and rooming with his childhood idol.

Cito Gaston is looking to recapture the glory days in Toronto. The most successful manager in franchise history, having skippered the Blue Jays to World Series titles in 1992 and 1993, Gaston returned for his second tour of duty when he replaced John Gibbons at the helm on June 20. The team's hitting instructor from 1982-1989, and again in 2000-2001, Gaston was serving as a special assistant to the president and CEO at the time of his hiring. An outfielder during his playing days, the 64-year-old Gaston previously managed the Jays from 1989-1997.

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Soon to be eligible for the Hall of Fame, the leadoff star discusses what that means to him, his approach to hitting, and more.

Tim Raines will be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2008, and a good argument can be made that he is worthy of induction. One of the game's great leadoff hitters, Raines ranks fifth all-time with 808 steals, and has the highest stolen base percentage (84.7 percent) among players with at least 300 attempts. A seven-time All-Star, the former Expos and White Sox outfielder had a career OBP of .385, and reached base more times than did 2007-inductee Tony Gwynn. Raines is currently the hitting coach for Washington's Double-A affiliate, the Harrisburg Senators.

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David chats with former Phillie Greg Gross about the art of hitting.

Currently the hitting coach for Philadelphia's Double-A affiliate in Reading, Greg Gross hit .287 in a playing career that spanned 17 big league seasons. A member of the 1980 Phillies team that captured the franchise's only World Series title, Gross was primarily a role player, logging as many as 300 plate appearances only four times. A contact hitter with only seven career home runs in 3,745 at-bats, he is fifth on baseball's all-time pinch-hits list with 143. Gross began his coaching career in 1995 and has been with the Phillies organization since 2001.

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A chat with Milwaukee's Director of Player Development focused on organizational strategies and the Brewers' excellent farm system.

An outfielder for the Red Sox, White Sox, and Expos from 1980-1987, Nichols came to Milwaukee from Texas where he had served as the Rangers farm director for seven years. Now 48 years old, Nichols is a native of Ocala, Florida.

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March 31, 2006 12:00 am

Future Shock: Patience is a Virtue in Oakland

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Kevin Goldstein

Kevin takes a look at how and why the Oakland A's incorporate plate discipline into their minor league programs.

Is working the count a skill that one can learn? The Oakland A's think so, and have developed an entire minor league development program around it.

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December 27, 2005 12:00 am

The Year in Quotes

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John Erhardt

It's time to relive the 2005 season with the year's zaniest quotations as our guide.

"I don't think they have the team to go to the World Series now."
--Magglio Ordonez, on his old team, the White Sox (Chicago Sun-Times)

DO YOU THINK MY BEING STRONGER OR FASTER HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH MUSCLES IN THIS PLACE?


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