Morning News: Sandy Koufax believes in Bobby Parnell

Yesterday, Hall of Fame starter Sandy Koufax made his annual visit to the Mets spring training complex.  According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Koufax talked mechanics with Bobby Parnell.  Following their discussion, Koufax told the Post Parnell has an “exceptional” arm, but could benefit from small changes, saying:

[jbox color="gray"]“Where you hold [the ball], how you hold it and how you use it. Times have changed in what people believe, and I just believe a little differently sometimes.”[/jbox]

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Michael Baron: Considering he wasn’t traded this past winter, I would expect Parnell to be on the team come Opening Day. However, as Terry Collins has indicated this Spring, nothing is secure for him at this point. The good news for him is, with the new bullpen acquisitions, he’s now in a less pressurized role which might help him to focus on the areas of his game which require improvement. I also think he now has an opportunity to develop a niche in the bullpen and earn his way into more critical roles again, but that will ultimately depend on his ability to corral his stuff and become a “pitcher.”

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For more on Koufax’s visit to Port St. Lucie, check out this report to the New York Post.

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