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Yordano Ventura had all the makings of a star

I know what some people thought. They saw Yordano Ventura's on-field indiscretions, his jawing with opponents, his drilling of opponents, his triggering of bench-clearing incidents. And they thought: What a punk.Ventura earned that distrust, but as often is the case, the easy characterization was not the correct one. The Yo that I knew had the warmest of smiles, the most engaging...
Via FOX Sports
January 22, 2017

Statcast a 'coaching tool' for Royals' Wakamatsu

Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu has the daunting task each season of taking the mounds of data provided daily by the Royals' analytical department and transforming it into knowledge his coaching staff can use to win games.
Via Royals.com
November 29, 2016

Bench coach Wakamatsu likely to stay in KC

Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu recently interviewed for the D-backs and Rockies managerial jobs, but he is no longer in the running for either, a source told MLB.com.
Via Royals.com
November 04, 2016

After High School Indians’ Career, Wakamatsu Joins New Tribe in the Pros

Luke Wakamatsu had a difficult choice last summer. Would he remain committed to join the Rice University baseball program following high school, or would the former member of the Keller High School (Texas) Indians join the Cleveland Indians organization and pursue his baseball career? Despite what was considered a “hard commit” to Rice that would make him very likely unsignable...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
February 14, 2016  |  Discuss

A Look Back at the 2015 Indians Draft Class

While no one expects much from a Major League draft pick the year they are drafted, these players have already started working hard in their first half season of professional baseball. The Indians had a bit of a different strategy in the late rounds of this year’s draft, taking players with signability issues and in some cases it worked out, like with Wakamatsu, but overall it...
Via Burning River Baseball
September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Alexis Pantoja & Dan Wakamatsu: Defense Starts in the Middle

When the Indians had Omar Vizquel at short stop for more than a decade, they didn’t feel inclined to worry about the position. From 1994 through 2004, the Indians took exactly one short stop in each of the first four rounds of the draft and no others before round eight. Of 88 players chosen in the first seven rounds over 11 years, only four were at what is considered the most pivotal...
Via Burning River Baseball
August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays announce manager finalists – Cash, Ibanez, Wakamatsu

ONE OF THESE THREE MEN WILL BE THE NEXT MANAGER OF THE TAMPA BAY RAYS #Rays have narrowed their managerial search from 10 finalists to three: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibañez and Don Wakamatsu. — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 21, 2014 Will it be Kevin Cash, the current Indians bullpen coach and a former Rays catcher? Will it be Raul Ibanez, who was sitting in the Royals dugout...
Via The Outside Corner
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The Write Way: KC coach's lineup cards are artful

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Take a look around the Kansas City Royals' dugout and it's pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series. The fancy handwriting, that is. In the midst of smeared pine-tar rags, spit-out sunflower seeds and plenty of dirt, there hangs a piece of pure art - the lineup cards drawn by bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Using a calligraphy style he...
Via Associated Press
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Coaching The Kansas City Royals Part 2-The Bench Coach

By: X. Grieves Continuing our breakdown of The Kansas City Royals coaches, we come to our bench coach, Don Wakamatsu.  Wilber Donald “Don” Wakamatsu became The Royals bench coach and catching instructor in October 2013. Previously, Wakamatsu served as the bench coach for The Toronto Blue Jays in 2011-2012 and Manager of The Seattle Mariners in 2009 and part of 2010. Wakamatsu...
Via Royals Blue
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Extra: Don Wakamatsu

Don Wakamatsu talks about the Royals' pitching staff, Sal Perez and more with FOX Sports Kansas City's Joel Goldberg. For more interviews with the Royals, watch the 2014 Royals Season Preview this week on FOX Sports Kansas City.
Via FOXSports.com
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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