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Koufax's hands-on advice to Ryu

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08:10 AM ET 02.20 | The headline "Koufax joins Dodgers camp" already has a concrete action plan. It's a good thing Korean left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu knows just who [Koufax] is. Otherwise, he might have wondered who the old guy trying to change his curveball grip was. Koufax, in Dodgers camp as a guest instructor for 10 days this spring, took Ryu aside after his throwing session Tuesday and offered some advice. The Hall of Famer suggested that Ryu -- a five-time strikeout leader in the Korean Baseball Organization -- hold the ball deeper in his hand, letting it spin out rather than pushing it out with his thumb. "I know quite well," Ryu said through an interpreter when asked if he knew of Koufax's career and iconic status. "Sandy Koufax is a legend in Korea also."

The Orange County Register

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February 20, 2013  09:41 AM ET

I hope this kid takes Sandy's advice!!!

February 20, 2013  10:15 AM ET

Da Sandy Man Speaks, Fred Wilphons Favorite Player!!!

February 20, 2013  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I hope this kid takes Sandy's advice!!!

When someone of that caliber gives you advice. Best take heed...

February 20, 2013  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

When someone of that caliber gives you advice. Best take heed...

Yeah, pitching hasn't changed that much in the last 50 years, except the pitchers in the 60/70/80's went the full 9+ endings!!!! :-)

February 20, 2013  01:23 PM ET
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When someone of that caliber gives you advice. Best take heed...

Yeah well I read Ted Williams "Science of Hitting" but never came close to .400 (and that was just at the little league level).

February 20, 2013  01:31 PM ET
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Yeah well I read Ted Williams "Science of Hitting" but never came close to .400 (and that was just at the little league level).

LOL, but you never had the hand and wrist speed to be a good hitter, like Ted Williams!!!

February 20, 2013  01:57 PM ET
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LOL, but you never had the hand and wrist speed to be a good hitter, like Ted Williams!!!

Hey, well I may have (also) been small, but I was slow!

February 20, 2013  02:28 PM ET
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Hey, well I may have (also) been small, but I was slow!

Well how would you like to be "small, slow and old", like me?? :-)

February 20, 2013  07:31 PM ET
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Yeah, pitching hasn't changed that much in the last 50 years, except the pitchers in the 60/70/80's went the full 9+ endings!!!! :-)

I've been wondering for a while if the full nine innings is the issue or whether it's pitching less than 2 hours from first pitch to last pitch. Games lasted more like an hour and 30 minutes in the 60's. Television and commercial breaks have streched games to near 3 hours. Games have become a marathon for pitchers.

February 20, 2013  08:06 PM ET
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I've been wondering for a while if the full nine innings is the issue or whether it's pitching less than 2 hours from first pitch to last pitch. Games lasted more like an hour and 30 minutes in the 60's. Television and commercial breaks have streched games to near 3 hours. Games have become a marathon for pitchers.

That's a damn good point!!! I never thought of that!!!!!!!

 
February 20, 2013  09:41 PM ET

You can't go wrong listening to Sandy Koufax......many young pitchers wish they could get some advice from him.....

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