Angels’ Mickey Callaway brings a simple emphasis to improving pitching: throw strikes

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros After a nondescript pitching career that included a stop with the Angels and would eventually lead Callaway to pitch in Asia, he started a coaching career in the Cleveland Indians organization. He spent three years in the minors before being promoted to big league pitching coach, inheriting a team in 2012 had ranked 27th in the majors in strike percentage.The Indians had also posted team ERA’s over 4.00 for the previous six years in a row.In 2013, the first season under Callaway, the Indians jumped to 18th in strike percentage, and then fifth, third, seventh and second. Their cumulative ERA over those five seasons was 3.76, the best in the American League.Indians manager Terry Francona, who hired Callaway when he took over the club, was instantly impressed.“He’s an extremely confident person,” Francona said this week. “That’s what amazed me. His first year as a major league pitching coach and you look at him in the first week of the season and it was like he’d been there for 10 years. And I mean that as a compliment. Not that he’s arrogant. He’s just good.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Callaway’s prized pupil, of course, was Corey Kluber. In 2012, Kluber had posted a 5.14 ERA in 63 innings. The next season, under Callaway, he cut that to 3.85 in 147-1/3 innings. The year after that, he won the first of his two Cy Young Awards. Kluber improved his strike rate in each of his first three seasons under Callaway.“He may simplify it, but there’s a method to what he’s doing,” Francona said. “If not, everybody could do it. He tries to identify what you’re able to throw for strikes, and go from there.”It’s not as simple as telling pitchers to throw strikes, but it’s also not that complicated, Callaway said. Much of it is, in fact, an aggressive mentality, and constant reminders.“It’s something we have to preach every day,” Callaway said. “Are we going to worry about their spin rate and the shape of their pitches? Absolutely. We can help that. But the last thing I want them worried about is ‘I gotta shape this pitch this way when I’m on the mound.’ No, you have to throw a strike, with that ball that’s in your hand.”A few Angels pitchers have said that Callaway so far has done a good job of keeping things simple.“In this world of pitching where everybody is worried about movement and velocity and shape and all kinds of stuff, sometimes you do miss out on simple things,” Andrew Heaney said. “That’s not to say you can throw the ball down the middle and hope it goes well, but there is a mentality where even if you try to throw the ball down the middle and miss, you’re going to miss on the corners. If you start being too fine with stuff and start nibbling, that’s when you get in trouble.”Dylan Bundy, who has already had four pitching coaches in the big leagues, said so far he gets a “vibe” from Callaway that he won’t be bogging them down with analytics. He preaches sticking to what pitchers do best.“If you throw to your strengths, you’ll be consistently good,” Bundy said.Callaway recalled one year with the Indians when he went into a playoff advance scouting meeting and essentially ditched the scouting reports.“I walked in the room and I said, ‘I want you to deal with adversity better than anyone on the other staff,’” Callaway said. “That was our advance meeting. I didn’t go over the hitters. That’s how I view the mental side of the game. You watch Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer, the best guys. They don’t let anything bother them. You can’t tell if they’re pitching good or bad. And that goes a long way. You can control the opponent’s confidence by doing that sort of thing. We’re going to talk a lot about that.”All of which is not to say that Callaway doesn’t have a foothold in analytics. No pitching coach could get a job in this era without it. He said his normal strategy is to work with the front office’s analytics team to determine what information can help the pitcher the most, and only take that small fraction of the data to him.“When we go to the player, it’s one small nudge in the right direction that’s going to be impactful,” Callaway said.Callaway, 44, talks excitedly in his folksy Tennessee drawl about all things pitching. His passion for the job is evident after he spent two years away from it, as the manager of the New York Mets. Callaway joked that he has “PTSD” when thinking back to the tumultuous couple seasons in the fishbowl of New York. Aside from the team not playing up to expectations, he had a public confrontation with a reporter, one that was explained away later as a misunderstanding.It wasn’t long after the Mets fired Callaway in October that he heard from Joe Maddon, who had just been hired to manage the Angels. Maddon was the bench coach when Callaway pitched for the Angels.“Joe called me and I was like ‘Heck yes,’” Callaway said. “Absolutely. I am just elated to be back here.”Although Callaway is admittedly more comfortable back in the pitching coach role than he was as a manager, he said he took lessons from the manager’s chair that he can now apply to make him a better pitching coach.“There’s a lot of things that a manager has to think about that a pitching coach doesn’t think about, so what it’s going to do is allow me to help Joe out a little more,” Callaway said. “I probably wasn’t helping (Francona) in a lot of areas that didn’t really occur to me at the time.”For example, Callaway said as a pitching coach he didn’t appreciate the value of controlling the running game as much as he did as a manager.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Maddon, who had managed against Callaway in the National League, also sees that he’s grown from the experience.“A mind once stretched has a difficult time going back to its original form,” Maddon said.Maddon and Callaway have both spoken about their pitchers being aggressive in the strike zone, and hopefully getting an out within the first three pitches. That will help toward another priority, which is getting starters deeper into games.Callaway will be attempting that without the marquee names he had in Cleveland or New York, but with inconsistent veterans like Heaney and Bundy, and inexperienced young pitchers like Griffin Canning, Patrick Sandoval and José Suarez.“When I got (to Cleveland) it was very similar,” Callaway said. “Very good stuff. Pretty good strikeout numbers. The walks were too high. They weren’t willing to throw the ball over the plate. We talked constantly about throwing strikes. We just beat it into them, every single day.”NOTESThe Angels were scheduled to open Cactus League play with split-squad games on Saturday, but both were rained out. The game against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale was cancelled, but the home game against the Kansas City Royals was rescheduled for Mar. 6. The Angels were scheduled to play the Royals at Surprise that day, so now that will become a split-squad with games in both parks…The Angels last spring training rainout was Mar. 8, 2013. That game was called in the third inning…The Angels had been scheduled to wear Orange Coast College caps on Saturday in memory of coach John Altobelli, who died along with his wife and daughter in the helicopter crash that also killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and four others. The Angels will now wear the caps on Tuesday, because that’s the day that most of the regulars will be playing…Ty Buttrey, who is out with a strained oblique, has continued to throw, and he said he is expecting to be able to throw off a mound by Thursday. Buttrey is expected to be ready for Opening Day. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousNew Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway watches spring training workouts next to his pitchers on Friday in Tempe, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks with General Manger Billy Eppler during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks to his pitchers during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway speaks about his philosophies outside the clubhouse last week at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. After his difficult two-year tenure as the New York Mets’ manager ended last fall, Callaway says he is energized by his return to a familiar role as he becomes a key assistant to new Angels manager Joe Maddon. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks with General Manger Billy Eppler during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway watches spring training workouts next to his pitchers on Friday in Tempe, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks with General Manger Billy Eppler during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 6New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway talks with General Manger Billy Eppler during spring training workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandTEMPE, Ariz. — Mickey Callaway’s strategy for fixing the Angels’ pitching staff is a simple one, the most basic idea that every coach tells his pitchers from Little League to the major leagues.“We have to throw strikes,” the Angels’ new pitching coach said. “That’s going to be our mission. We’re going to try to throw more strikes than anybody else in the league. If we can do that, we’re going to be where we need to be.”The Angels were dead last in the majors in 2019, throwing just 62.3 percent of their pitches for strikes. No surprise, then, that they were 25th with a 5.12 ERA.Callaway, however, has been here before. 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Country music star Collin Raye to perform at Wellington’s Memorial Auditorium May 17

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Collin Raye, a country music singer who had a string of chart-topping hits between 1991 through 2007, will be performing at Wellington’s Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m.Mark Bowling of Derby will be the opening act at 6:30 p.m. that will include his hit song ‘Fly Again.’The show is being co-sponsored through KWLS 107.9 FM, the city of Wellington, Wellington Recreation Commission and Impact Bank in Wellington.Tickets for this event are available through the WRC at 202 S. Jefferson in Wellington, or on the websites: www.kwlsradio.com, www.wellingtonrec.com. Ticket prices are $20 general admission, $40 premiere seating night of the show. If purchased by advanced with a half off coupon it will be $10 general admission, $20 for premier seating.This marks the second concert produced in the refurbished Memorial Auditorium. In 2013, John Michael Montgomery performed to a sell-out show.Raye has had 11 studio albums and 37 singles including four singles that have topped the Billboard U.S. Country charts. Those songs include 1992’s “Love, Me,” and “In This Life,” 1994’s “My Kind of Girls” and 1998’s “I Can Still Feel You.”The May 17 stop in Wellington will be part of his nationwide tour.In addition to Raye, Bowling, a popular country music singer in the Kansas and Oklahoma marketplace for many years, will be performing. In the past few months, Bowling has wrote and recorded “Fly Away” with the intent of raising money for cancer research. The single is available on iTunes with 75 percent of the proceeds from the sale going directly to local cancer charities.“The station is excited to be able to host another show at the auditorium,” said Joe Moralez, manager at LS Media and a Wellington resident. “We appreciate all of the support the community has given the station and the venue is a great facility. This will be a lot of fun again this year.”Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 330 weeks ago Good deal. I’ll be there. I would like to see some “up and coming” people too. Report Reply 0 replies · active 330 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, May 8 to Sunday, May 10, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Friday, May 8 to Sunday, May 10, 2015: Friday, May 8, 2015•5:10 a.m. Thomas C. Dehaven, 54, Oxford, was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•10:45 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle in the 1100 block N. B, Wellington.•11:30 a.m. Bridget A. Cody, 55, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.•3:26 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of lumber by unknown suspect(s) in the 900 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•3:53 p.m. Officers investigated domestic battery and criminal damage to property by a known suspect in the 300 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•4:20 p.m. Officers investigated disorderly conduct by a known suspect in the 300 block E. Mill, Wellington.•4:20 p.m. William M. Baker,  45, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for exhibition of speed.•4:52 p.m. Autumn E. Mudd, 29, Wichita, Ks was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery and criminal damage to property.•5:28 p.m. Officers investigated an assault and criminal trespass in the 300 block E. Mill, Wellington by a known suspect. The incident occurred on May 7, 2015.•5:34 p.m. Officers investigated an assault by a known suspect in the 1000 block W. Shady Lane, Wellington.•6:52 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1000 block N. G, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Jerry D. Butterworth, 73, Wellington and Jennifer K. Regnary, 42, Wellington.•7:00 p.m. Barbara E. Taylor, 76, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed traffic signal.•9:54 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block S. B, Wellington.•10:16 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle in the 600 block N. High Dr, Wellington. Saturday, May 9, 2015•1:41 a.m. Hope A. Vargas, 22, Derby, was issued a notice to appear for driving with no lights.•6:06 p.m. Officers investigated criminal trespass in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington by known suspect.•1:07 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 100 block N. B, Wellington.•1:57 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block W. 17th, Wellington.•5:08 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 1600 block N. C, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Haley N. Toothman, 26, Wellington and fixed objects/mailbox and posts owned by Tiffany D. Ferguson, Wellington and Cynthia G. Kegley, Wellington.•5:08 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 1900 block N. B, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Haley N. Toothman, 26, Wellington and fixed objects/mailbox and posts owned by Goeff R. Elkins, Wellington.•5:08 p.m. Officers investigated driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and obstruction of law enforcement officers in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.•5:46 p.m. Haley N. Toothman, 26, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and obstruction of law enforcement.•6:30 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block E. 4th, Wellington.•7 p.m. Officers took a report of endangering a child in the 500 block Lake View Road, Wellington. Sunday, May 10, 2015•12:58 a.m. Joshua A. Wolf, 39, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fleeing or eluding law enforcement officer, refusal to submit to testing, obstruction with law enforcement officers, improper stop or turn signal and no drivers’ license in possession.•11:15 a.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 800 block W. College, Wellington.•1:22 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal shelter violation by a known owner in the 1000 block E. 8th, Wellington.•2:53 p.m. Injury, hit and run accident in the 1000 block N. Vandenburg, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Haley N. Toothman, 26, Wellington and a fixed object/utility pole owned by the city of Wellington.•2:53 p.m. Officers investigated driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs by known suspect in the 1000 block N. Vandenburg, Wellington.•5:10 p.m. Non-Injury, private property accident in the 1000 block W. U.S. 160, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Kimberly R. Shaw, 40, Harper, and Libby L. Driver, 27, Wellington.•8:10 p.m. Kenneth W. Byers, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•9:56 p.m. Officers investigated a battery in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington by a known suspect.last_img read more