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    • Big Ben, I think it was Ben, mentioned last night that Voth has an elite spin rate on his CB. He also mentioned that the "tilt" of the pitch last night was different than what he had seen previously. Sounds like the analytics staff found a guy who needed a couple of tweeks to his CB and he was going to be able to get MLB hitters out consistently. The Rays had no answer for that CB last night. He threw it whenever he wanted to. He threw it for strikes and he threw it as a chase pitch. Impressive outing until he made a mistake to Randy A. 
    • Show me the analysis.  How many young athletes have been given big contracts, how many worked out, how many crashed and burned?  Are there common threads among either case?  Does it differ by sport, or by position?  Right now you're just speculating based on a sample of one.
    • Without knowing the answer, I'd guess Mateo has always had a poor approach to a well placed slider. I don't think that issue just came up this year. So why hasn't he fixed it previously? I'd think he was always trying to improve as he rose thru the minors.  I don't think our hitting coaches have some magical formula. But I think they have a really good plan for guys ready to make changes. I've seen articles discussing that with minor league affiliates and how at first, they gave each player his choice...do you want grooved fastballs for bp? Or do you want the mix of grooved with pitches intended to get you out?  I think Jammer has it right above and those factors, plus Mateo being determined to get this one thing fixed and the training techniques all came together at the right time. Maybe my wording is bad because I think each player is trying to improve. But there's a difference when a guy is ready to face something he really struggles with and deal with it. That's a different level of determination. When you're ready to face your weakness and deal with it even though it's gonna bring a figurative punch in the nose/embarrassment/failure to get to later success. Maybe I'm wrong but that's what I believe. 
    • Bichette seems to ALWAYS hit us. He drives me crazy. But you’re right, they definitely have a talented roster.    edit: and for the record I don’t think anyone is going to catch the Yankees. That would be a colossal implosion by them. 
    • Jim Frey .. After spending two seasons managing Bluefield to losing records, he served as the Orioles’ Midwest scout from 1966 through 1969 before joining manager Earl Weaver’s staff on the Orioles’ coaching staff in 1970. Starting as the bullpen and hitting coach that season, he was a member of the team’s coaching staff for 10 seasons, including six seasons as the first-base coach. During his tenure the Orioles won three pennants and the 1970 World Series. https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/jim-frey/
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