The New York Yankees may be stuck at home, like the rest of us, but that doesn’t mean they are not working or preparing for a hypothetical start of the season, whether it is in May, June, July or August.
Pitching coaches and coordinators, led by newcomer Matt Blake, are certainly not resting and not letting their pitchers relax too much. Instead, they are using a simple, but useful technology resource to keep the whole staff connected and updated with everybody’s progress and activities.
Yes, the players and coaches are all spread around the United States, but the Yankees are using a Google Docs file to keep track of their pitchers and their exact offseason activities and preparations.
The Yankees keep preparing for the season
According to pitching prospect Clarke Schmidt, “whatever you’re doing, whatever you threw that day or whatever you were planning to throw that week, you put it in the Google doc and edit it under your name.”
“[Pitching coach Matt] Blake or a pitching coach will check in on us. That’s the way it’s going right now. They put out a tentative throwing program that you can follow or you can do your own thing, whatever you feel is comfortable for yourself.”
With rumors about the season starting in May with all teams playing games in Arizona, there is a chance that teams play lots of doubleheaders. That would mean expanded rosters, which may result in us seeing a lot from Schmidt and young guns like Jonathan Loaisiga, Mike King, Nick Nelson, Ben Heller, and other talented hurlers from the New York Yankees.
That being the case, the Yankees may need to keep their Google Docs file updated with regular activity. The organization could need contributions from several unexpected places and sources.
“They’ve been awesome with communicating with us,” Schmidt said to NJ.com. “There’s not like a two-day or three-day period that goes on where I’m not talking to someone with the staff, whether it’s Blake or it’s [head trainer Tim Lentych] or Brad Hyde, the strength coach. Everybody’s staying in contact. It’s just making the process as easy as possible because there’s so much unknown. It’s one of those things where any bit of information can help.”