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2018 MLB Retrospective  This piece by Sam Miller of ESPN delves into the trends of baseball in 2018 and how they might be remembered. It was quite a significant article, and Miller does a great job of boiling it down here.    Astros Scouting & Player Development  The Astros continue to get coverage for their outstanding player development. This article by J.J. Cooper of Baseball America outlines how their systematic efficiency is extending the life of their homegrown core.    Chicago Cubs pitching development  This is a brief but informative Q & A from Baseball America on the Chicago Cubs...

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'Pitching Ninja' Rob Friedman Launches FlatGround To Help Pitchers Learn And Be Seen If you are not familiar with Pitching Ninja, do yourself a favor and go give him a follow on twitter. He recently launched a new social media platform to help amateur pitchers get seen by coaches. Forbes penned a great piece that goes into more detail.  In baseball, mental coaches were once seen as for the ‘weak-minded.’ Now they’re essential. - Washington Post  This article from Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post is an outstanding view into the mental side of the game, how it has changed,...

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There's a Downside to the Opener  For those interested in the "bigger picture" of baseball strategy, this piece from Fangraphs dives into one significant downside of a recently popular baseball strategy - the Opener. When teams choose to employ a strategy of starting a pitcher for only 1 or 2 innings, there are a number of negative implications for that player as far as earnings are concerned. Sheryl Ring of does a great job of laying it out here.  Marlins education program a key new component in player development The Marlins have taken a good amount of flak in the...

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“Baseball Positions are starting to lose their meaning” This article is from back in August but is definitely worth the read if you haven’t had the chance yet. Travis Sawchik from fivethirtyeight dives into the use of shifts in MLB and what it means for traditional positions. This is important to consider within the greater context of the game when coaching young players and playing a role in how specialized a player they become. “Trey Hillman, Manager of the World” This piece is from Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer, and tells a little known but intriguing story of Trey Hillman....

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Welcome to the Coach Crates digest! This is where we break down quality baseball news and content being produced from all around the game to give you quality information right at your fingertips. This article from 7 News Boston provides a great view into Alex Cora’s past and his upbringing both on and off the baseball field. Unique insight from coaches and family paint a picture of the path that led to Cora leading the Red Sox to a championship with a masterful display of managing. The Angels made some interesting hires in their player development department recently that have...

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