When Do You Blame The Coach?

A week ago, the Texas Rangers bullpen had been performing in a very iffy manner, and Sam Dyson was atrocious in the "closer" role.No one mentioned Brad Holman as the problem.The Rangers offense has been consistently inconsistent; running up the score in one game, looking completely ineffective in the next.There has been no outrage over Anthony Iapoce, the Hitting Coach.  Except...
Via One Strike Away
8 days ago

Rangers pitchers issuing too many walks

Rangers pitchers went into Wednesday's series finale against the Indians having issued 10 walks, the most in the American League. That's unacceptable to manager Jeff Banister and pitching coach Doug Brocail, even if it's only after two games.
24 days ago

Yu Darvish bringing back the split-finger fastball

Yu Darvish’s Tommy John surgery is well and truly in the rear-view mirror, because he’s throwing his split-finger fastball again.The Texas Rangers ace used the pitch sparingly before his 2015 surgery, and then mostly abandoned it after his return in 2016 under pressure from pitching coach Doug Brocail on account of the stress it puts on the elbow.Now, though, a healthy Darvish...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Rangers' pitching staff excites coach Brocail

One might take a cursory look at the Rangers' pitching staff and determine this year is going to be challenging for pitching coach Doug Brocail.
February 12, 2017

'Are you crazy?' The conversation Doug Brocail had 20 years ago that has led to so many Rangers wins in 2016

ARLINGTON -- Doug Brocail was struggling in his role as a relief pitcher with the Detroit Tigers.It was 1997, his first season in Detroit, and Hall of Famer Al Kaline pulled him aside. He asked Brocail why he wasn't challenging hitters inside.His home park Tiger Stadium featured a 325-foot right field foul line plus an upper deck overhang that could turn routine fly balls into home...
Via SportsDay
June 05, 2016

Rangers pitching coach on high pitch counts for high schoolers: 'As an industry we should be pissed off'

CLEVELAND - Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail did a literal double take Monday.The subject: Pitch counts. For high school pitchers.Told that there had been at least four examples of  DFW high school pitchers recently exceeding 120 pitches in big games, Brocail launched into a long monologue about the dangers of such high counts. Jesuit's Kyle Muller, a projected high draft pick...
Via SportsDay
May 30, 2016

Grant: 10 years after life-saving surgery, Rangers pitching coach has different outlook on life

ARLINGTON - A month ago, Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail got a text from his daughter, Madison, reminding him of how fortunate they are to still have each other 10 years after a “widow-maker” heart attack was caught perhaps only days or hours before it struck.Come Monday, he’ll probably get another one.Not because he didn’t respond to the first text, but because there...
Via SportsDay
April 05, 2016

Brocail has simple message for his pitchers

Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail has a simple request for his pitchers. "I don't want them to be a Doug Brocail," he said.
March 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Fifth starter competition nearing climax

Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail said he wouldn't mind an extra three weeks for Spring Training. Instead he has just two weeks left, and Brocail said it's time for somebody to start winning the fifth starter spot.
March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Rangers hire new pitching, hitting coaches to complete staff

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers have hired former reliever Doug Brocail as their pitching coach and Anthony Iapoce as hitting coach. With those moves and the promotions of Triple-A coaches Brad Holman and Justin Mashore, the Rangers completed manager Jeff Banister's on-field staff for next season. Brocail was Houston's pitching coach from 2011-13, then a special pitching adviser...
Via Associated Press
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

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