We continue our series into looking at the hitting at the professional level and trying to clear up some of the controversial areas like Launch Angels, Exit Velocity, Hitting away from shifts, and also get in dept with hitting with counts, Communication, and so much more.
Anthony Iapoce, Chicago Cubs Hitting Coach Twitter @anthonyIapoce
He is Anthony Iapoce, the New Hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs, he returns to the show for the second time. Anthony returns to the Cubs since his time with the organization as minor league hitting coordinator from 2013-15. Before coming to the Cubs in 2013, he was a roving hitting coordinator in the Blue Jays organization from 202. The hitting coach for the Texas Rangers since 2016. He has worked with quite a number of the current Cubs, including Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Albert Almora Jr., Wilson Contreras, and Kris Bryant.
Anthony played 11 minor-league seasons in the Brewers and Marlins organizations and two years in Indy ball before getting into coaching. And that is where I ran into Anthony when I was coaching Indy ball. Plus Anthony speaks around the country and has worked with kids of all ages.
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· What it means to have one of the best hitting jobs in MLB and how do you begin as the new coach?
· What is your core philosophy when teaching hitting?
· Start with working with young kids, high school, college, and professionals, how do you separate the what you teach if any?
· As a minor league coordinator before, develop a system for the organization, communication with coaches.
· How do the Cubs decide if a player is the type of hitter that fits into their system?
· Once he signs with the Cubs what determines if coaches will make adjustments with a hitter.
· Are the drills throughout your system the same for all hitters, if not then why and what would be an example of a couple different drills for a couple different hitters?
· The key areas that hitters must work on in order to get better.
· Big question lots of people like to know, with the shifts, can MLB hitters make an adjustment and hit the other way of the shift?
· Just back from Cuba, working with coaches, explain launch angle and how it can benefit all hitters at all levels.
· How much do you teach, study with your hitters' counts, pitching patterns, look location, etc.
· What do you believe is the difference between offseason work, pre-season and during the season.
· It’s a long season, all players go through slumps, is there anything players can do to reduce slumps?
· Take us in the dugout with hitters, what goes on, communication, questions, etc.
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