Rome: Astros pitching coach Brent Strom can’t stop learning

From Chandler Rome at Baseball America on November 28, 2018:

Fired on the final day of Nationals spring training, and faced with few feasible opportunities to revive his coaching career, Brent Strom cleaned the scruffy dogs for his wife to groom inside her shop.

“You’ll laugh,” he says now, “but my job was actually to bathe dogs and clean dingleberries out of their (butts). That’s kind of where I was.

“But I still maintained a love for this—kept studying, kept learning.”

Strom resided out of the sport which consumed his entire adult life. He played professionally from 1970 to 1981 before coaching in four organizations, hired and fired often. In 2006, Washington was the last franchise to can him. He was 58. On age alone, he was approaching archaic in baseball’s ever-changing landscape. With his ideas, Strom was ahead of the progress.

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Originally published: November 29, 2018. Last Updated: November 29, 2018.