Rick Knapp, the Minnesota Twins Minor League pitching coordinator, was hired yesterday as the Detroit Tigers new pitching coach.
It’s hard to say how important a pitching coach is to a team. But I remember vividly the impact Roger Craig had on the young pitching staff of the 1984 Tigers. Craig was an integral part of the team’s success — and he was both instructive and motivational.
Knapp — and the Twins — have a reputation for producing strike-throwers. That is something the Tigers need desperately. This past season, the Tigers were the second worst team in the league when it comes to walks allowed; the Twins are consistently one of the best in this category.
A few turnarounds on the pitching staff — namely Justin Verlander and Dontrelle Willis — would instantly turn the Tigers into contenders. Now Dave Dombrowski needs to bolster the bullpen and possibly sign another starting pitcher to give Knapp something he can mold into a serious staff.
It’s good to see the Tigers moving so quickly and in the right direction.
3 replies on “Knapp Time for Tigers“
Thanks much for this blog and the updates.
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Thanks, Tiger Fan. I appreciate your feedback. Because of the inherent commercial nature of our web site, I have been hesitant to utilize the blog for the very purpose you suggest. However, I agree that there is probably room to squeeze a little product info into some of the entries. Thanks for taking the time to write. Steve Thomas, Owner
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