As a side note, I came up with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and knew “Wash.” There was little surprise when he eventually became a big league manager, as I remember an infectious, positive personality and an excellent student of the game. In November of 1976, the Royals finally gave up on him and sent him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for the immortal Steve Patchin. Then they released him. Unfortunately, a majority of coaches are teaching the new fielding style, producing worse fielders than in the past. Thank you for your interest in Wax Pack Gods! Learn how your comment data is processed. SPORTS This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping youth. He managed to hit .256 and smack a couple of home runs, too, but it wasn’t enough for a Cleveland team hoping to climb above .500. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice. He spent most of 1989 with the Triple-A Tucson Toros before making seven appearances and collecting one hit with Astros. Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress, 17 Dirty Little Secrets Behind the 1977 Topps Tito Fuentes Baseball Card. Those are the players I am most concerned with here, the majority. There, nestled between John Cerutti and Jeff Reed, Ron Washington emerged from the dark Cleveland baseball wasteland into the light of day on card #468. The critical point though is “Professional,” not youth ballplayers. At the least, players are very confused now. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're OK with that. After helping the Indians improve by 17 games from 1987, Washington found himself on the baseball streets again that November. Leave your email address below to sign up for our newsletter and access to occasional freebies like our "Ken Griffey, Jr., Master Checklist" of more than 8000 Junior cards ... start tracking YOUR collection today! Jack, The sting of disappointment must have grown throughout that fall and winter as, not only did the Orioles wreak, and not only did the his former team shock the world by winning the Series, but Baltimore released Washington just before Christmas. that you won't find anywhere else. However, with some of the coaching methods now, like what Ron Washington teaches, I am not sure it is helping youth ballplayers. by Jack Perconte | Mar 16, 2018 | Jack's Corner, Opinion Pieces | 3 comments. He would back hand slow grounders down the line at third base in infield practice. I know that and you know that, but many if not most youth coaches do not know a short hop from any other and they are teaching that method on all ground balls, and to expect young players (pre high school varsity for the most part) to know when it is a short hop in the heat of the game, is a stretch. Another alternative, and maybe the best solution for advanced players, is teaching them both styles. In time they will figure out which is best for the particular ground ball. Otherwise, get in front of the ball (slightly to the left side of your body) and funnel it into your body. October 27, 1989 I am not one of those that always say, “The way we used to do things was the best.” I believe in getting on with the times.
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