As Rick Honeycutt reaches the age of 65, he’s ready to step back and smell the roses, as it were. Nevertheless, the Los Angeles Dodgers are thankful for 14 seasons at the helm from the legendary pitching coach. Over those 14 seasons, the Dodgers have had the best ERA in baseball twice and been in the Top-10 13 times.
Moreover, Honeycutt finished his tenure tied with Ron Perranoski for the longest time in the role.
You don’t get that kind of success without an underlying philosophy in coaching and with pitching, Honeycutt was able to lean on the presence of probably the greatest pitcher ever, Sandy Koufax.
Rick Honeycutt reflects on his lengthy and successful run as Dodger pitching coach and Sandy Koufax's influence and talks about the future of Dodger pitching. https://t.co/kMb1SttUU8
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“When you look at a golfer, they’re creating 400 pounds of ground force to swing a golf club. Their balance and stability is that strong. That’s really what Sandy and this organization leaned on was angling the foot on the rubber and how you create maximum leverage with your lower half to produce that force and how do you become balanced,” Honeycutt says.
“All those gentlemen showed me a different world in what they presented to pitchers,” Honeycutt recalls. “I always leaned on Sandy being the main guy, the guy you always respect so much.”
Honeycutt took this philosophy to help create a laundry list of amazing pitchers from Broxton to Grienke, Kershaw, Kenley, Ted Lilly and Walker Buehler. His effects will still be felt with the future with Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May and with his new role as special assistant to players like Josiah Gray.
Check out the rest of an amazing article at Dodgers Insider to see the full effect that both Rick Honeycutt and Sandy Koufax has had on the Dodgers organization.
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