August 24, 2005
Dr. K To Help Unit?
Thanks to "Shaun P" for the heads-up on this from The Post:
For almost 30 minutes yesterday, Randy Johnson spoke with pitching expert Joe Kerrigan at his locker.
Kerrigan, the former Boston pitching coach and manager recently hired by the Yankees, was Johnson's Double A and Triple A pitching coach in the Montreal organization in the late 1980s.
GM Brian Cashman said yesterday that Kerrigan was hired to "tighten up" the team's advance scouting, but Kerrigan doesn't have a title.
Speculation has already begun that Kerrigan will replace Mel Stottlemyre as pitching coach next season, since Stottlemyre has once again said he'll retire after this year.
Well, it Unit goes on a roll now, perhaps we will have this meeting to point back to?
Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 24, 2005 11:13 AM
You're welcome, Steve. I hope Kerrigan does help Unit out.
Posted by: Shaun P. at August 24, 2005 02:38 PM
As Jim Kaat counsels, first thing he's got to do is come to terms with his diminished velocity due to age, his back, his knee, whatever. And stop throwing that damn slider so much. It only works in combination with his 96 mph heater. When he's throwing 91-92 and the slider isn't his sharpest, he gets killed. On Sunday, for the first 3 innings, they seemed to be trying Stottlemyre's new all-purpose balm...the eye-high fastball on the 2 strike pitch...and it worked. Second time around, they were looking for dead red and got it...got it good. 91 mile per hour fastballs above the strike zone are a lot easier to hit than 95 mph fastballs in the same spot. Kaat's suggestion: go fastball, change-up, to and fro instead of up and down or side to side. Keep the sliders to a minimum, preferably to the few left-handers in the line-up. I'm sure Kerrigan would suggest the same. However, Johnson has to develop a change-up. It's the end of August.
Posted by: JohnnyC at August 24, 2005 06:23 PM