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Hitting coach Chris Valaika key to Guardians improvement at plate

Here are a few numbers no one would have predicted when spring training in Arizona and Florida began in March:. The Cleveland Guardians are eighth in the majors with a team batting average of .246 – the same batting average of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They have struck out the fewest times — 274. They are 15th among MLB’s 30 teams with 171 runs scored.
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Chris Valaika takes over Guardians hitting department with 'specialized' goals in mind

Chris Valaika knew he had the coaching bug toward the end of his playing career, which came to a close in 2015 after he spent the year with the Chicago Cubs' Triple-A affiliate without securing a job in the majors. In a way, Valaika said on Monday, he was already coaching at that time, albeit in a less official role. He was a veteran, having played in the majors in parts of four seasons, among a group of...
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Guardians banking on young hitting coach Chris Valaika | Jeff Schudel

A Major League team’s hitting coach is usually anonymous among fans unless the team isn’t hitting well, in which case even casual followers know his name. As the Indians struggles at the plate dragged on last season, many fans learned the hitting coach was Ty Van Burkleo. Team president Chris...

Chris Valaika hired as hitting coach

CLEVELAND -- One piece of Cleveland’s offseason puzzle is now in place. The soon-to-be Guardians named Chris Valaika, a former assistant hitting coach for the Cubs, as their hitting coach on Friday. At the end of the 2021 season, Cleveland decided it needed a change in its hitting department, informing...

Guardians to Hire Cubs Assistant Coach Chris Valaika as Hitting Coach

Valaika, who ended his playing career with a 44-game stint in Chicago in 2014, joined the Cubs’ staff in 2017. Before the Cubs named him assistant coach last November, Valaika served as hitting coach for Triple-A Iowa in 2018 and minor-league hitting coordinator in 2019-20. Valaika will replace Ty Van...

Guardians hire Chris Valaika as hitting coach; pick up option on Jose Ramirez

The soon-to-be-Guardians on Friday announced that they exercised Jose Ramirez's 2020 club option, declined Roberto Perez's 2022 club option and hired Chris Valaika as the team's major league hitting coach. Valaika spent last season with the Chicago Cubs as an assistant hitting coach, his first on a major-league staff. He...