Atlanta Braves third base coach Ron Washington is known as one of the best in the business. After becoming the club’s base coach in 2017, Washington has led many of the guys through intense fielding drills with just a couple of bags and a fungo bat. Recently, those drills have reached SS Vaughn Grissom.
“I’ve been working with Vaughn for the last three weeks, and mostly the thing that impressed me is the consistency of his application. The fact that I’ve been able to spend seven straight days with him makes a difference,” Washington said of the 22-year-old.
“I just try to be consistent in the way I approach them. I just want to make sure he can maintain a strengthened mind to make it through a grind,” he added.
Grissom called his work with Wash “game-changing.” After being promoted to the big leagues in August 2022, Grissom worked his way through 42 games. He started 39 of those games at second base and one game at shortstop. Only four errors were committed across 357 innings of play. This season, Grissom is expected to take over the role of shortstop after Dansby Swanson signed on with the Chicago Cubs.
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