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But just because most fans didn't see what Burleson did before, or what pitching coach Mike Parrott does on a daily basis, doesn't mean they're not keeping busy.
"Bird (Parrott) knows the pitchers better than I do or anyone else does, and Burley is like a bench coach for me. We're just trying to help each player maximize what they have," said Parrott, who has been the Arizona Diamondbacks' Triple-A pitching coach for nine seasons and who said he has become more patient with his players as the years have gone by. "The most satisfying is when you get a guy to overachieve," Parrott said, "and the next best is when you get a guy to pitch up to his potential when he hasn't been." Added Burleson: "I would like to hope that I've had an (effect) on every player here, both last year and this year, to help them along their way." It is not often players at any level acknowledge the help they received from their coaches, but both Burleson and Parrott have garnered such comments this year. "I was able to take the time to talk with (Parrott) and figure out what in the junk I was doing wrong," Boyer told The Arizona Republic after he left Reno. Once I worked with (Parrott) down there, he just got me in my natural arm slot." It's the kind of things coaches don't often hear. "I don't think, and I'm as much to blame for this when I was playing, coaches and managers get enough credit from the player as they should," Parrott said.
Mike Parrott returns as pitching coach for his eighth season with the D-backs' AAA club and 13th season in the organization.
Mike Parrott Pitching Coach
Sidewinders pitching coach Mike Parrott and daughter Randi work a softball drill before a recent game at Tucson Electric Park.When Tucson Sidewinders pitching coach Mike Parrott is having a trying day at the office, he knows his assistant can cheer him up.Parrott's 18-year-old daughter, Randi, has been accompanying him to the ballpark since she was 12."She is sometimes the calm in the storm," said Parrott, who's been handling Sidewinders pitchers since 2002."She kinda helps me put things in perspective when I start thinking things are getting out of control or we might be going through a hard spell."Sometimes all I have to do is remember what's really important and there it is, sitting right next to me."Randi, a soon-to-be college softball player, helps her dad by sometimes typing his reports on pitchers, shagging fly balls during batting practice and offering encouragement when the team struggles."She'll point out, 'So-and-so is getting better.' It's a reminder how bad it seems, there are some good things happening.She always reminds me, 'Dad, you are a good pitching coach, no matter what happens,' " Parrott said with a laugh.Parrott, who pitched for the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners from 1977 to 1981, also helps Randi hone her softball game.He hits her groundballs to work on her fielding and they have also practiced her throwing mechanics."My dad and I are really close.It's definitely something most fathers and daughters don't get to do," Randi said.Duties around the ballpark: Randi has shadowed Parrott in his seven seasons as Sidewinders pitching coach.She also visited him when he was a pitching coach for the D-backs in the California League from 1999 to 2001."There's going to be some time she's going to be off on her own and have her own family," Parrott said.
Meet the Sidewinders: Mike Parrott, pitching coachMike Parrott, pitching coachCoaching career: Mike is in his 15th year as a coach, sixth with the D'backs' organization and first with the Sidewinders. ...He served as pitching coach for Arizona's entry in the Class A California League (1999-2001). ... began his coaching career in 1988 with the Montreal Expos' organization. ... Served as pitching coach at Class AAA Charlotte for the Marlins for two seasons (1995-96). Playing career: A veteran of 14 seasons in professional baseball, he initially reached the big leagues with Baltimore in 1977. ... Parrott's top single-season performances in the majors came in 1979 with Seattle, when he set Mariners' records (since broken) for wins (14), innings (229) and ERA (3.37). ... Was also named team's Pitcher of the Year that season. ...First-round selection of the Orioles in 1973. All content copyright © 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 AzStarNet, Arizona Daily Star and its wire services and suppliers and may not be republished without permission.All rights reserved.Any copying, redistribution, or retransmission of any of the contents of this service without the expressed written consent of Arizona Daily Star or AzStarNet is prohibited.
"He's five years older and five years more experienced, with some big-league time," Aces pitching coach Mike Parrott said.
"He's always handled himself as a professional but he carries himself more like a guy who has experience now." Parrott held the same role with the Tucson Sidewinders when Owings made his Triple-A debut in 2006. "He had that refuse-to-lose attitude (in 2006) and he still has that mentality," Parrott said.
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