Crawford to coach in Yankees organization | Sports


Not that long ago, Grayson Crawford was walking around Colonel Field as the head coach of the Christian County Colonels.

After stints with Murray State, Louisiana Monroe, Austin Peay and Lipscomb, as well as two separate stints as head coach of the Ohio Valley League Hoptown Hoppers, Crawford can now add a professional baseball coach to his long list of securities.

The longtime pitching coach has accepted a position with the New York Yankees organization where he will be on the minor league pitching staff.

“The first call was kind of to gauge interest, and then the second call was who am I and what I believe in, what are my pitching philosophies and my strengths,” Crawford said. “They brought me in for a mini-camp and the next day I got an offer. It was a pretty quick process, but luckily it worked and now I’m able to work in professional baseball.

With the evolution of the game of baseball and the move towards analytics as a way to manage teams and the game itself, major league organizations are now trying to find people who can continue to grow into the future of the game. sport, according to Crawford.

“The overall game of baseball will always be the same,” he said. “In baseball today, it’s increasingly becoming a quantitative way of determining if what you’re doing is really working. This is where analytics take up so much of what people do and why. Analyzes drive the boss. Going from point A to point B is the same, but there is a reason we no longer use MapQuest.

While Crawford could have stayed in the college ranks and entered third year with Lipscomb next spring, a stint to the majors was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

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However, Crawford has said he wouldn’t be where he is without the players he’s coached along the way.

“Probably my wife said it best, ‘It’s the New York Yankees,’” he said. “It seems like a short trip but also a long trip to get here. Most importantly, the job is not done. I think that’s what kept things going.

“You’re not as good as the people you’ve coached and I’ve been fortunate enough to coach great players and work for great people and that’s ultimately the driving force to get here. Now I can work with what I think are the best baseball players in the world in New York City. “

Crawford expects to coach with the High-A Hudson Valley Renegades or the Somerset Patriots affiliated with Double-A, but he said his situation could change.

While Crawford is thrilled to be coaching at the minor league level, he has a goal in mind.

“I think my ultimate goal is to be able to move into a coordinator position within a few years and then hopefully get the opportunity to coach at the major league level,” Crawford said.


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