Trio of big league coaches return to Alaska for baseball clinic

Houston Astros pitching coach Brent Strom watches pitchers and catchers during briefing at a spring training baseball workout, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - It hasn’t been the easiest offseason for Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros after they lost to the Washington Nationals in the World Series and are the subject of an MLB investigation into sign stealing.

But for Astros pitching Coach Brent Strom, a trip to Alaska might have been just what he needed. The longtime pitching coach is back in Alaska to host a professional coach’s clinic.

“What really motivates me is to find these young people who really don’t have the opportunities the kids have in the Lower 48,” said Strom. “I got to believe there are some players up here who are going to find their way into professional baseball.”

The man behind one of the MLB’s most dominant pitching staff says he’s always learning even if it’s a clinic with kids.

“You’re going to laugh at this, but I sometimes use the young kids as a laboratory for my teaching,” said Strom. “I’ll mention something to them, see how they work with it, and I’ll see if I can reverse engineer it a bit, use it with the older guys.”

Alongside Strom is Houston’s hitting coach Troy Snitker and pitching coordinator Bill Murphy. The annual clinic has been a staple for Strom for the past ten years. In 2017 days after winning the World Series, Strom was back for the clinic and said his connection to the 49th state began in the 1960s when he played three summers for the Alaska Goldpanners.

“Coming back up here has been somewhat nostalgic,” said Strom.

The camp in Anchorage begins Nov. 22-24 at West High School.

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