Millwood on Mark Connor
Happy Thanksgiving, all.
Here’s a quick Orioles’ entry you can fit in between the mashed potatoes and the cranberry sauce. New pitching coach Mark Connor was asked during Wednesday’s teleconference with the Baltimore media about his coaching philosophy. This is what he said:
“I don’t have a particular pitching philosophy. I think your pitching philosophy revolves around each individual pitcher. What is it going to take to make them successful? You just can’t have one philosophy that everybody has to adhere to. You hear ‘Strike one, get ahead, get people out with three pitches or less.’ I am on board with all those things, but I think basically you have to take each individual pitcher, their strengths, their weaknesses and work from that standpoint.”
I was curious as to what one of his former pitchers thought about Connor as a coach. So I talked to Kevin Millwood, who pitched for the Orioles last season and spent nearly three seasons with Connor in Texas.
“He’s a little more old school than other guys. I don’t think he is as into the computer stuff as most guys, but he does his stats work and stuff like that. He is good at the mechanics (part),” Millwood said. “He’s not a super talkative guy, but I think he knows a lot of things that can help a guy.”
Millwood said Connor had a tendency to allow the veterans to do their own thing, “until he sees something where he can help you and then he’ll step in.”
It’s slightly different with inexperienced pitchers, Millwood said. Connor may be a little more active with them, but at first he’ll probably assume an observer’s role as well with the Orioles’ youngsters.
“I’m sure, probably in the first part of spring, he’s not going to have a lot to say those guys because he doesn’t know them that well,” Millwood said. “But the more he learns them, the more he’ll have to say to them.
“I think he’ll definitely do a good job.”