Josh Norris chats with Rick Down


Josh Norris recently spoke to former Yankees hitting coach Rick Down, who now serves as the club’s minor league hitting coordinator. In part one of their chat, Downs talks more about his role within the organization — coaching the hitting coaches, not necessarily the players — and hitting philosophy in general. “Most often when you talk to people who don’t know much about hitting, the first place they want to go is to the swing, but that’s the last thing that happens,” said Down. “The barrel’s the last thing to the ball in this whole hitting process.”

Part two of their talk is focused more on individual players, specifically Double-A guys Cody Johnson, Melky Mesa, and Ronnie Mustelier. Both parts are fascinating and well worth your time. Hitting seems like such a harder thing to perfect than pitching, which I think is why so many of best hitters in baseball today are guys who exceeded expectations.

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  1. pistol pete says:

    The five worst era’s on the team belong to the five starters. Freddy 12 plus, Phil 9 plus, CC and Nova 5 plus, and Kuroda 4 plus. We’re 11 and 9 and 1.5 games out, unbelievable. It can’t get any worse. Long season, plenty of time to get things straightened out but I really believe we won’t see Freddy again, Phil will eventually be in the pen, Andy returns and Cash tries to find a no 5. Who would have thought it after we thought we had 7 starters on March 15th. I wonder if AJ will be available at the deadline, ha ha.

  2. Cuso says:

    This is also not relevant to the post: DJ Mitchell called up

    • jjyank says:

      Interesting. Long man or starter? My guess would be long man and Phelps to the rotation, but it could be the other way around.

  3. sevrox says:

    Not relevant, but the M. Williams stats to the immediate right are fun to watch on a daily basis. Otherwise, yes, Yankee starters have been among the worst in baseball. Carry on. Minor miracle we’re not 7 games out.

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