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Hey, Hoynsie: With all the enhancements the Guardians made final yr with the hiring of hitting coach Chris Valaika, what occurred with Franmil Reyes? — Jim Harris, Lancaster.
Hey, Jim: Reyes was purported to be the massive bopper in the center of the lineup. He was the man who was going to enhance G’s contact-first strategy with his energy. But it was clear the Guardians had been upset with his bodily conditioning in the early days of spring coaching. Then he pulled a hamstring and spent the remainder of the season caught between making an attempt to make contact and hitting for energy.
He actually has sufficient energy to play in the massive leagues for a very long time. He’s a free agent and he ought to get one other likelihood.
Hey, Hoynsie: Based on Carlos Correa’s contract with the Twins, Amed Rosario will almost definitely be leaving after this season as a result of he’s eligible without spending a dime company. So will the technique be to offer him a qualifying supply at the finish of the season or commerce him at the deadline? — Bill, Franklin, Tennessee.
Hey, Bill: Rosario’s standing throughout the upcoming season will in all probability depend upon the place the Guardians are in the standings. If they’re in competition, I feel he’ll end the yr in Cleveland. If not, he might be traded.
Should Rosario make it to the finish of the season with the G’s, I do not suppose he’ll obtain a qualifying supply as a result of he might take it. The qualifying supply this yr was $19.6 million for a one-year deal.
Hey, Hoynsie: How would you evaluate the present Progressive Field dwelling and customer’s clubhouse to different MLB groups? Does it make a distinction in attracting expertise and retaining it? — Mike, Avon.
Hey, Mike: They’ve been above common and have been nicely maintained. I do suppose state of the artwork services play an element in recruiting expertise. Not as a lot as cash and an opportunity to win, however they play an element.
Hey, Hoynsie: The reimagined Progressive Field seems to be good — for the most half. But would not it appear that it emphasizes consuming and gathering — way over watching the sport? — Skip B, Broadview Heights.
Hey, Skip: I feel the Guardians have realized that when followers come to Progressive Field, they are going to watch the sport in several methods. Some persons are by no means going to go away their seats as a result of they’re targeted on each pitch. Others are going to walk the ballpark and get one thing to eat and drink. Some are going to make use of it to socialize and catch up with associates, whereas watching a few of the sport on their iPhones or considered one of the vast display TVs at The Corner.
The renovations are aimed toward attracting a wider viewers to the ballpark.
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Hey Hoynsie: It seems to be like the renovations at Progressive Field deal with two varieties of ticket holders – company and GenZ/millennials. The true baseball fan is not necessary anymore. Do you agree? — Mike L., Middleburg Heights.
Hey, Mike: GenZ and Millennials are a thriller to me. I hold asking my children who they’re and so they simply roll their eyes at me.
There’s loads of room for “true” followers at Progressive Field, however they have not precisely been knocking the doorways down. In the final 13 years (minus the COVID years of 2020 and 2021), the Guardians have drawn over 2 million followers twice for a crew that is made the postseason seven instances.
The work being finished at Progressive Field is aimed toward bringing a wider vary of followers to the ballpark. There’s nothing unsuitable with that.
Hey, Hoynsie: What do you consider the persevering with affiliation between professional sports activities and playing? It strikes me as an invite to corruption and one other Pete Rose scenario. — Bob Maestros, Lake Worth, Florida.
Hey, Bob: I’m old-fashioned on the subject of playing and betting on sports activities, particularly in baseball with its checkered historical past together with the Black Sox scandal and Rose.
I do know it is authorized and managed in a number of states together with Ohio. But I really feel uncomfortable with the pace by which MLB jumped into mattress with so many various playing platforms after being in opposition to it for many years.
Hey, Hoynsie: What form of tools do the hitting coaches use to organize hitters for explicit pitchers they are going to be going through in a sequence? Can they simulate their deliveries, varieties of pitches and most popular areas? — Arthur Greenbaum, Columbus.
Hey, Arthur: Well, hopefully, they’ve loads of bats. (That’s a joke).
I’d say the greatest software for a hitting coach is video. They have entry to a backlog of the opposing pitcher’s appearances. They can mesh that with movies of their batter’s at-bats in opposition to that pitcher, breaking down pitches and swings body by body.
The info supplied by Statcast for scouting studies goes hand in hand with the video assets. Not solely does it determine a pitcher’s pitches, however the proportion of use, batting common in opposition to, the diploma of break on these pitches and 100 different issues. All that dovetails into the hitters assembly crew’s have earlier than each sequence.
Another necessary useful resource is the coaches themselves. The days of a crew having one hitting coach are over. The Guardians have three with the massive league membership backed by a “hitting group” of individuals in the entrance workplace and minor leagues.
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