Big Changes Ahead for 2016

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Now that the contract has been signed and the ink has dried, I’m honored to be able to announce that I’m going to be joining the Cleveland Indians Organization for the 2016 season. I’ll be taking on a player development role as a Pitching Coordinator helping to oversee their Minor League system of development.

This decision certainly didn’t come without a tremendous amount of deliberation over the last few months. As anyone who’s been around Cressey Sports Performance can attest to, it’s a pretty special environment, so it was going to take a unique opportunity for me to reduce my role in Hudson as the CSP Pitching Coordinator. This situation certainly qualified as unique, as it allows me to step in as a strong contributor to one of the most progressive MLB organizations that places a heavy emphasis on player development and pitching.

With that said, I’m sure a lot of you are wondering what this means for my current MB Pitching clients. Well, for this offseason, I will still be in the facility every day until I leave for Spring Training on February 15th. Looking beyond that, we are in the final stages of bringing a like-minded pitching coach on board, who is familiar with our system, to help ease the transition. The plan is for him to be here before I leave to familiarize himself with the athletes and their developmental plans. From there, he’ll be able to continue their offseason development until all the athletes return to their respective teams in March. Once the details are finalized, I’ll make a follow up announcement to formally introduce him.

Let me assure you, though, there’s only one person that Eric, Pete and myself collectively agreed upon as our first choice for this position. Having been a part of our environment as a full-time athlete and part-time coach for the last 5 years, he understands our system as well as anyone. He combines a strong educational background with an impressive list of baseball accomplishments, having played at nearly every major developmental level from USA Baseball to AAA with multiple organizations. Needless to say, he’ll be comfortable implementing our system in an ongoing basis.

Going forward, I will remain in the Boston area and continue to maintain a presence at Cressey Sports Performance. My in-season priorities will be with the Indians, but I will be available to continue in an advisory role for all of my athletes going through the recruiting process. I will have responsibilities that extend to October on the professional side, but after that I will resume giving instruction in the fall/winter offseason for athletes.

I know there’s going to be a lot of questions about the transition period, so I’ll be sure to communicate with everyone in person about my ongoing role and their options moving forward.

To that end, there are a lot of people I have to thank, who have allowed me to continue to grow into this role I’m about to take on with the Indians. I owe them each a lengthier thank you and that will be the topic of a subsequent post. In the meantime, I hope everyone enjoys their Holiday Season, and I look forward to sharing more updates over the next couple weeks, as its shaping up to be an exciting 2016!


4 responses to “Big Changes Ahead for 2016”

  1. Johnny Magliozzi says:

    Matty Blake-
    Always knew the Indians were team since you were banging the drum as a little kid in Major League!

    Congrats bud

  2. Lantz Wheeler says:

    Matt-

    Congrats buddy! Indians got a dude!

    Lantz Wheeler

  3. Al Fordiani says:

    Congrats, Blake!

  4. Jim Wladyka says:

    Congrats Matt,
    What a great accomplishment and honor. Indians are a fantastic organization who are building and growing from within. They got a great new PC. Merry Christmas and good luck in 2016.
    Jim Wladyka

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