The teachings of Mike Gallego

Athletics coach keeps his infielders on their toes

Updated: February 24, 2011, 3:47 PM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

A's infield and third base coach Mike Gallego told us a year ago that he improved his focus as an infielder by counting the bounces on every ground ball hit to him, and he told us that during the earthquake in the 1989 World Series, as Candlestick Park was literally shaking around him, he risked his life going back into the pitch black clubhouse to retrieve his glove.

That's how important his glove was to him, that's how important defense is to a team, a philosophy that he imparts ...

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