Koufax dispenses advice to the Mets

Hall of Fame left-hander says pitchers really must work the corners

March 01, 2010

Sandy Koufax has been in the Mets' camp working with Oliver Perez and Johan Santana. His message was the value of hitting the corners. " Warren Spahn used to say the plate is 17 inches wide, and 15 belong to the hitter," Koufax said. … The Mariners' Dustin Ackley has a chance to follow the path of the White Sox's Gordon Beckham, contributing in a big way in his first full season as a pro. Ackley played center field and first base at North Carolina but has been moved to second base, where he has Chase Utley potential. … The Rays' decision not to discuss a new contract with outfielder Carl Crawford until after the season only added to speculation he will be traded at midseason if Tampa Bay is too far behind the Yankees and Red Sox in the AL East. … New Indians general manager Chris Antonetti is getting a raw deal. When Mark Shapiro took over from John Hart as GM in 2001, the Indians were fourth in the majors in payroll. They were 15th last year and project to 27th this year. … Mike Lowell hopes for a trade that will make him a regular elsewhere rather than a backup for the Red Sox. He says his surgically repaired hip is "10 times stronger" than last year. … Chris Capuano, who hasn't thrown a pitch since the spring of 2008, is feeling like himself again and could be a pleasant surprise for the Brewers. … Dodgers catcher Russell Martin is working to reclaim his power. He reported about 25 pounds heavier than a year ago, when he finished with seven homers and 53 RBIs.

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