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TCBP AB 101: The Perfect Strom
SCHEDULING NOTE: We have gone into offseason mode, which means we will be doing the podcast every other week and they'll be a little longer than the 30-40 minutes we've been doing.
In this episode Sean Feist and myself discuss:
- Astros' coaching changes.
- The possibility of the Astros payroll increase.
- Interview with Kyle Boddy of Driveline Baseball.
Astros Coaching Changes
The Astros moved quickly to reorganize their major league coaching staff. Dave Clark and Dennis Martinez were fired, Doug Brocail was reassigned, Dave Trembley moved to the bench coach position, Eduardo Perez was given another opportunity with the club and Brent Strom was hired as the pitching coach.
It's not surprising that after a 100-loss season. the coaching staff next season will look different. Did the coaches maximize the potential of this team? With how bad this team played I'm not so sure the coaches got all they could have gotten out of players, despite the overall talent. And that's the debate, for every Brett Oberholtzer and Jason Castro, there's a Jordan Lyles and a Brett Wallace. Either way, the coaching staff in 2014 is going to look much different.
50-60 Million Payroll
It's been said, by Jim Crane, that the Astros will possibly shoot for a 50-60 million dollar payroll next year. This is absolutely fantastic if true, but comes with challenges. To get quality free agents will possibly require the Astros to overpay. Throw in the fact that free agency has very few established players under the age of 30 and the pickings begin to get slim. I suspect the Astros will look for outfield, bullpen and veteran leadership.
Kyle Boddy Interview
We talk pitching mechanics, creating a biomechanical business without a college degree, Brent Strom and more. I've listened to the interview three times and it's fantastic each time. You will learn something new after listening to this interview.