“They each throw with nice arm pace, and there’s no sense of ‘I’m going to attempt to place this pitch,’” Stottlemyre mentioned. “They’ve saved energy on the forefront, in order that they maximize their motion and their end to the pitch. They’re particular.”
The pitches, sure, but additionally the individuals. When Stottlemyre’s father Mel Sr., the longtime pitcher and coach, died of a number of myeloma in January 2019, Alcantara and López each known as to console him. Stottlemyre, who had only in the near past joined the Marlins, has since helped each pitchers via their private trials.
“Sharing what that appears like, with the ability to have that encourage and provides objective and which means to every thing you do — we’ve all three spent a whole lot of time speaking about that,” mentioned Stottlemyre, who’s 58. “It harm me, too, watching them, as a result of I solely understand how I dealt with my dad’s dying. And to be younger? I bought to dwell with my dad for nearly all of my life, and to expertise all the good instances. That bought taken away from them.”
Stottlemyre acknowledges his father’s affect in the best way he speaks along with his pitchers. He invests time in constructing relationships, incomes their affection — the pitchers put on T-shirts calling themselves “Stott’s Tots” — and belief. He has opened up about his youthful brother, Jason, who died of leukemia in 1981, and mentioned he has by no means been as shut to 2 pitchers as he’s to Alcantara and López.
“I see him not solely as a pitching coach,” López mentioned, “but additionally as a father determine and a terrific function mannequin.”
López’s father inspired him to pursue a professional profession with the Seattle Mariners at 16 years previous, when he had one other heady possibility: medical faculty at La Universidad del Zulia, his mother and father’ alma mater. López had graduated from highschool at age 15 — mastering 4 languages alongside the best way — and his mom’s facet of the household cautioned that the baseball world might be very unsure. Danny reasoned that medical faculty might at all times be a backup plan for baseball, however not the opposite manner round. That logic gained out, although López has struggled at instances with the burdens of excessive achievement.