Can Braves coach Kevin Seitzer throw Austin Riley again?

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On June 6, 2019, the fund began to fall under the magical season of Austin Riley. He sniffed nine times in four days and his average dropped below .300. He seemed too sensible, too prepared for the mental discomfort to continue, but it was. Riley hit bottom in .226 and the secession plan with him assuming clean control of Josh Donaldson at third base in 2020 went to the bathroom.

You had to ask: “Where was Kevin Seitzer in all this?” The batting coach of the Braves is well regarded and there is no doubt that he saw the problems with the rookie and tried to solve them. There were multiple practice sessions with Riley, but he never recovered and then was injured. Were we expecting too much from a rookie? Of course we did.

Riley stood in front of his locker one afternoon and explained the best he could about how his head got in his swing. You can look back on some tape to try, but Riley said there were some knocks called from the plate that began rolling this rock downhill. Unsure about the arbitration, and what was a strike and what was a ball, he said he started diving by breaking balls from the plate.

Riley lost all control of the attack zone and couldn’t fix it. Seitzer couldn’t fix it, apparently.

Then, the main story throughout the spring will be the batting sessions in the cage between Riley and Seitzer. We will not see these sessions at the new complex in Sarasota County, but they will be important because the Braves have a hit right in the middle of their lineup. Johan Camargo, a public service man, can play third base, but has 30 home runs, so it is not the solution. The club can look for the power hitter as a left fielder, but do they really make Nick Markakis a type of bench? Do you risk a careless defense by moving Ronald Acuna to the center, Markakis again to the right and acquiring Marcel Osuna to play on the left?

The clamor now is that the Braves don’t have a team that can win the World Series without Donaldson in the middle of the order. Well, they didn’t win one while he was there and Donaldson faded a lot in the final stretch.

Now, about Seitzer / Riley. If you talk to Seitzer you can get an idea of ​​his approach. Understand the pitch angle, but prefer solid contact and recoil to place the ball on the wall. Seitzer is from the old school because he abhors punches. They are not just exits for him; They are a sign of failures in the swing. He believes in the two-stroke swing in the right situation. Everyone needs a two-stroke swing (except the Dodgers).

Seitzer, 57, hit .295 in 12 major league seasons, which is quite robust. He also played at third base, so he has some kinship with Riley.

The former great player Raúl Ibáñez told me that Seitzer saved his career when Ibáñez was 29 years old. After a season of .229 with the Mariners, Ibanez thought it was over. In the offseason between the 2000 and 2001 seasons, he worked with Seitzer in Kansas City one by one. Ibáñez brought his average to .280, then .294., Then .304. He played another 12 years in the greats.

Here is part of an interview with Seitzer, who says that hitters with nothing but “A” hacks are the reason why there are ground balls in the first place.

“The vast majority of ground balls come in off-speed pitches,” says Seitzer. “Time is off. They are in front. They turn around. They see it big, they try and do too much. ”

The remedy is bat control, and not just bat speed.

“To be a batter at this level, children need to use the entire stadium, use the entire field,” says Seitzer. “That’s a great thing. Teaching them how to hit the ball in all fields and use the entire stadium that helps create less ground balls in off-speed pitches.”

You can bet it will be an approach with Riley. Take those balls to the right field.

The Braves hit .257 as a team in 2018 and were below the average in home runs (19 with 175). They hit all the fields and didn’t have Donaldson and Riley.

In 2019, the Braves hit .258 as a team, but jumped to eighth in home runs (249). Donaldson and Acuña made a difference, as the Braves became a dominant team in the Eastern National League and won the division with more home runs. They didn’t have to pass the tickets with singles and walks; They could deliver a crooked number with a single punch.

Here is something else. The Braves went from 7th best place in the smallest number of strikeouts in 2018 to 20th in 2019. That is a big jump. Riley, Donaldson and Acuña accumulated some odors.

Remember this, the Braves won a division while they were below the home run average in 2018. Is it a major problem not to have that No. 4 hitter at this time to start the season? No. The bullpen is better than 2018 and so is the initial launch.

The Braves can start the season as a solid club capable of winning a division while they wait to see what happens at hole 4. Alex Anthopoulos, the general manager, bets on Riley as Plan B. Perhaps he knows that an effective collaboration of Riley and Seitzer will fill that void.

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On June 6, 2019, the fund began to fall under the magical season of Austin Riley. He sniffed nine times in four days and his average dropped below .300. He seemed too sensible, too prepared for the mental discomfort to continue, but it was. Riley hit bottom in .226 and the secession plan with him assuming clean control of Josh Donaldson at third base in 2020 went to the bathroom.

You had to ask: “Where was Kevin Seitzer in all this?” The batting coach of the Braves is well regarded and there is no doubt that he saw the problems with the rookie and tried to solve them. There were multiple practice sessions with Riley, but he never recovered and then was injured. Were we expecting too much from a rookie? Of course we did.

Riley stood in front of his locker one afternoon and explained the best he could about how his head got in his swing. You can look back on some tape to try, but Riley said there were some knocks called from the plate that began rolling this rock downhill. Unsure about the arbitration, and what was a strike and what was a ball, he said he started diving by breaking balls from the plate.

Riley lost all control of the attack zone and couldn’t fix it. Seitzer couldn’t fix it, apparently.

Then, the main story throughout the spring will be the batting sessions in the cage between Riley and Seitzer. We will not see these sessions at the new complex in Sarasota County, but they will be important because the Braves have a hit right in the middle of their lineup. Johan Camargo, a public service man, can play third base, but has 30 home runs, so it is not the solution. The club can look for the power hitter as a left fielder, but do they really make Nick Markakis a type of bench? Do you risk a careless defense by moving Ronald Acuna to the center, Markakis again to the right and acquiring Marcel Osuna to play on the left?

The clamor now is that the Braves don’t have a team that can win the World Series without Donaldson in the middle of the order. Well, they didn’t win one while he was there and Donaldson faded a lot in the final stretch.

Now, about Seitzer / Riley. If you talk to Seitzer you can get an idea of ​​his approach. Understand the pitch angle, but prefer solid contact and recoil to place the ball on the wall. Seitzer is from the old school because he abhors punches. They are not just exits for him; They are a sign of failures in the swing. He believes in the two-stroke swing in the right situation. Everyone needs a two-stroke swing (except the Dodgers).

Seitzer, 57, hit .295 in 12 major league seasons, which is quite robust. He also played at third base, so he has some kinship with Riley.

The former great player Raúl Ibáñez told me that Seitzer saved his career when Ibáñez was 29 years old. After a season of .229 with the Mariners, Ibanez thought it was over. In the offseason between the 2000 and 2001 seasons, he worked with Seitzer in Kansas City one by one. Ibáñez brought his average to .280, then .294., Then .304. He played another 12 years in the greats.

Here is part of an interview with Seitzer, who says that hitters with nothing but “A” hacks are the reason why there are ground balls in the first place.

“The vast majority of ground balls come in off-speed pitches,” says Seitzer. “Time is off. They are in front. They turn around. They see it big, they try and do too much. ”

The remedy is bat control, and not just bat speed.

“To be a batter at this level, children need to use the entire stadium, use the entire field,” says Seitzer. “That’s a great thing. Teaching them how to hit the ball in all fields and use the entire stadium that helps create less ground balls in off-speed pitches.”

You can bet it will be an approach with Riley. Take those balls to the right field.

The Braves hit .257 as a team in 2018 and were below the average in home runs (19 with 175). They hit all the fields and didn’t have Donaldson and Riley.

In 2019, the Braves hit .258 as a team, but jumped to eighth in home runs (249). Donaldson and Acuña made a difference, as the Braves became a dominant team in the Eastern National League and won the division with more home runs. They didn’t have to pass the tickets with singles and walks; They could deliver a crooked number with a single punch.

Here is something else. The Braves went from 7th best place in the smallest number of strikeouts in 2018 to 20th in 2019. That is a big jump. Riley, Donaldson and Acuña accumulated some odors.

Remember this, the Braves won a division while they were below the home run average in 2018. Is it a major problem not to have that No. 4 hitter at this time to start the season? No. The bullpen is better than 2018 and so is the initial launch.

The Braves can start the season as a solid club capable of winning a division while they wait to see what happens at hole 4. Alex Anthopoulos, the general manager, bets on Riley as Plan B. Perhaps he knows that an effective collaboration of Riley and Seitzer will fill that void.

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