If you still aren’t sold on the change brought by the new coaching staff, read these comments from Michael Lorenzen. Lorenzen and the staff have a plan for him to pitch, hit and play centerfield in spring training. Lorenzen was pleased with the effort this staff made to talk with him and work it out (Mark Sheldon reporting):
“It’s fantastic, the effort they’re putting in,” Lorenzen said. “[In the past] A lot of the excuses were, ‘You know, we don’t want to overwork him.’ Well, let’s just sit down and talk about it then. They were willing to sit down and talk about it, which is one of the reasons why I love this staff so much and why I think the front office did a great job [hiring] this staff. They’re willing to find solutions for problems.”
It took a lot to coordinate everything, and it involved hitting coach Turner Ward, pitching coach Derek Johnson, outfield coach Jeff Pickler, head trainer Steve Baumann, strength coach Sean Marohn, along with others on the Reds’ staff.
Here is Sheldon’s lead:
Reds management clearly doesn’t view pitcher Michael Lorenzen’s ability to be a two-way player as a novelty. The plan for Lorenzen that was in place became reality on Thursday.
On the Reds’ Spring Training schedule posted in the clubhouse, Lorenzen was grouped with the outfielders to take batting practice. In past camps, hitting was often considered extra work for Lorenzen after he finished his usual workout with the pitchers. But that was then, and this is now.
Read the rest of Sheldon’s report, which has more quotes from Lorenzen.
Two weeks ago, Lorenzen said on national television that he’s “better in the outfield than anything I do on the baseball field. And I think no one knows that.”
Some nuggets from Michael Lorenzen on @MLBNetwork "They (#Reds) are getting more serious about using me in the outfield…. I'm better in the outfield than anything I do on the baseball field. And I think no one knows that."
— Brian Giesenschlag (@BGiesenschlag) February 7, 2019
I’ll confess to an irrational belief that Michael Lorenzen can hit and play outfield at the major league level. I know the odds are long. But watching him swing the bat and his athleticism often leaves me breathless. So I’m pulling hard for this to work out.