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Kreuter to become USC baseball coach
2006-06-02 14:56
by Bob Timmermann

Mike Gillespie, who has coached the University of Southern California baseball team since taking over Rod Dedeaux in 1987, is retiring and Chad Kreuter is taking over for him. Gillespie led USC to a College World Series championship in 1998.

A tip of the cap to Chad and Mike.

Thanks to Gold Star for Robot Boy for the tip.

2006-06-02 16:02:40
1.   Spaceman Spiff
Kreuter's most memorable moment with the Dodgers may have been when he charged into the stands near the bullpen in Wrigley Field after a fan stole his baseball cap, igniting a brawl between several Dodgers and fans in the stands.
2006-06-02 16:08:00
2.   Bob Timmermann
I guess you didn't click on the second link.
2006-06-02 16:17:36
3.   Uncle Miltie
1- yup. I never liked Kreuter. It was nothing against him personally, but I hated how Chan Ho Park had a personal catcher. It was a bit ridiculous. When Kreuter started, it meant less playing time for Lo Duca and Hundley (when he was actually a good hitter). I seem to remember hitting a home run and the Dodgers winning the game 1-0.
2006-06-02 16:21:48
4.   Bob Timmermann
Chad Kreuter was the first DH for the Dodgers to ever hit a home run.
2006-06-02 16:37:36
5.   Spaceman Spiff
2- Sorry, Bob. I guess I read the link too fast, and missed the reference.

When I read the AP story, which didn't mention the Chicago brawl, I thought to myself, why is that name familiar? Oh, right, he used to play for the Dodgers. Wait, I remember Chad Kreuter now...

It seems like a case of nepotism to me. At least USC disclosed the relationship from the get-go.

2006-06-02 16:49:30
6.   Bob Timmermann
I was trying to be subtle in my tweaking of Chad Kreuter, whom I never particularly liked when he played in L.A.
2006-06-02 17:22:11
7.   Kayaker7
So, is Chanho going to join him as the pitching coach? That personal catcher thing was creepy.
2006-06-02 17:30:23
8.   Bob Timmermann
Greg Maddux had a personal catcher. Or more precisely, he had whatever catcher wasn't Javy Lopez.

Grady Little wanted Sandy Alomar to be Odalis Perez's personal catcher. That lasted about four innings.

Jim Tracy wanted Paul Bako to be somebody's personal catcher last year, but then he got hurt.

The personal catcher is actually fairly old. I think it got more publicity because Tim McCarver talked about it a lot.

2006-06-02 17:33:37
9.   Kayaker7
You don't have to be so personal.
2006-06-02 17:57:32
10.   Bob Timmermann
It's just business.
2006-06-02 18:04:44
11.   Kayaker7
Or, as I've heard said in South Carolina while stationed there, "bidness."

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