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Five questions with Royce Ring

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 01, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees traded for left-handed reliever Boone Logan this winter, but they also quietly signed 29-year-old lefty Royce Ring to a minor league contract. A first-round draft pick in 2002, Ring has pitched in 94 major league games, holding lefties to a .229  batting average. He uses a side-arm delivery and had a 3.04 ERA with Triple-A Memphis last season.

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When did you develop the low arm angle?
Ring: I had a velocity drop in 2004 and came into spring training with the Mets in 2005… I threw really well, but (pitching coach Rick Peterson) just came over and said, I think you should drop down. You’d be more effective. I was still with them, had another three or four years before I could get out of there, so I figured I might as well try it while I’m here. It wasn’t a real unnatural thing for me to do. I messed around with it growing up, played positions growing up, so it’s not like I was just an over-the-top guy my whole life.

Did you change what you threw when you dropped down?
Ring: Not too much. Still kept the same kind of pitches, and actually dropping down, the velocity was just as good as it was. Not (as good as) coming out of college, but I was still throwing the ball well, it was just a matter of throwing strikes. That was the hardest thing my first year. Two weeks of learning how to do it in the spring, then three weeks in Triple-A and I was called up. I didn’t really know what I was doing. Just aim down the middle and throw as hard as I could. There was a learning experience, and I feel like from there I’ve gotten more controlled and my mechanics have become more sound and being able to reproduce it every time.”

What caused the drop in velocity?
Ring: I think, just going from college to the pros, you don’t understand that you’re going to be throwing every day… In college I threw twice a week. If I didn’t feel good, I didn’t pick up a baseball. When I got to professional baseball, my velocity dropped a couple of miles per hour. The year I lost my velocity, I think I created some bad habits in my mechanics. I kind of got pushed through spring training. Nobody really worked with me too much. I kind of fell into bad habits and just couldn’t find it. Then I got into the season and I couldn’t be in the bullpen every day working on my mechanics or I’d be tired for the game. It turned into a tough year for me, but I still threw pretty well considering.

What do you throw?
Ring: Fastball. Curveball. Slider. Change. And then I’m actually working on a knuckleball right now. It’s good some days, and bad some days. It’s something I’m working on. The changeup is really hard for me to throw sidearm, so it’s good some days. It’s an on and off pitch for me.
Would you use it like a changeup?
Ring: Exactly. It’s not like I’m going to go out there and throw 40 knuckleballs. It’s just a pitch for me to change speeds and keep down in the zone and keep hitters off balance.

Did you see a good opportunity with the Yankees after they traded Phil Coke and Mike Dunn?
Ring: Two real good lefties, young guys who could throw. Coke proved himself pretty well, and when he was gone, it just seemed like this was a place where I could come and show what I have and hopefully be a part of one of the best teams in baseball, or maybe the best. I’m not expecting to be handed a job or anything like that, it’s just an opportunity to go out and throw and show them what I can do. If they like it, they like it. If they don’t, they don’t. All you can control is what you do out there.

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60 Responses to “Five questions with Royce Ring”

  1. Rich in NJ March 1st, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    jennifer

    “I’m so bummed I can’t find that interview.”

    With Swish? No Maas did one recently.

  2. MTU March 1st, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Royce Ring.

    Good name.

    Kinda just rolls off the tongue.

    They even named a car after him.

    Rolls Royce. :)

  3. Clare March 1st, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Some unnamed “Yankee official” is really not an ARod fan.

    I think this whole article was completely unnecessary: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03.....d.html?hpw.

    Even if you’re not going to support your star player when, as Chad has said, there’s really nothing there at the momen, why would you want to create another story trying to distance the organization him? It’s not going to do anything except fuel the media speculation.

  4. MTU March 1st, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Clare-

    A-rod should just change his name to L-Rod.

  5. beez March 1st, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    sounds like royce has a good head on his shoulders. i hope he can be an asset to the team this season.

  6. Rich in NJ March 1st, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    This is guilt by association (if you will excuse the pun)on steroids.

    The Yankees acknowledge that they authorized treatment by Phillipon and Lindsay. Lindsay, it turns out, has worked closely with Galea.

    For the sake of argument, let’s say that the allegations that Galea “distributed” PEDs are true.

    Any negative inferences that flow from the association to Galea are as much on Phillipon, Lindsay, and the Yankees, as they are on Alex, if not more. Those three parties direct and/or authorized this course of treatment. Alex merely followed instructions.

    Yet it appears that Alex is the only person who is under suspicion.

    Finally, the larger issue is the drug hysteria that has overtaken our society. If PEDs can aid in the recuperation from injuries, why should they be illegal?

  7. Señor A. Boy March 1st, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Another great interview, Chad! Royce Ring! Was the janitor too busy?

  8. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 1st, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Chad, thanks! I didn’t think I would enjoy these interviews as much as I have. It really gives me a new perspective on things. The Yankees have so much star power, but these guys aren’t stars, they are just your average ballplayers trying to make a living. I find their stories fascinating.

  9. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 1st, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Clare, I was going to read the article, then decided not to. I know the Yankees support Alex. I know the players like him and that Joe cares about him. This is all nothing and it appears that Alex is handling this well (per Chad’s description this morning).

  10. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 1st, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Great article on Mo:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03.....f=baseball

  11. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 1st, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....mmer-camp/

    Pool party!

  12. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 1st, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....mmer-camp/

    Pool party!

  13. PamB in Santa Rosa No Cal March 1st, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I just love his name!

    Royce Ring

    Sounds like he should write dimestore novels, or star in them!

    Thanks Chad and Sam for bringing spring training to life.

  14. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I wonder if the Feds will interview Chien Ming Wang, who was also treated be Lindsay. The Feds knew about this before December and it was in the papers. Pretty sad that The Times is behind The Daily News by 3 months.

  15. Rishi March 1st, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Great sleuthing, Betsy!

  16. Clare March 1st, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Betsy,

    I like your link much better. :)

  17. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Water polo wouldn’t be bad. I’m sure that with the Steinbrenners owning the team, they could get the horses for nothing. Just need to find snorkles for the horses.

  18. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 1st, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Rishi, thanks! Me too, Clare! I refuse to even think about this……

    Ring’s nickname should be Rolls……..Rolls Royce.

  19. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 1st, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    LOL GB -snorkles and bathing suits for the horses.

  20. Rich in NJ March 1st, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Betsy

    “Ring’s nickname should be Rolls……..Rolls Royce.”

    That would imply that he’s good, and he isn’t.

  21. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Yeah. I sure wouldn’t want to go into a pool with a bunch of horses that were skinny dipping.

    Whewwww!!!! Glad I spelled horses right.

  22. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 1st, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Better make sure they have their diapers on, GB

  23. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Without a bout, Honey.

    j/k, Betsy. I saw your morning post about that. I couldn’t resist it.

  24. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Without a ***doubt***

  25. Buddy Biancalana March 1st, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Betsy-

    Were you able to get that link to work from this AM about Jeopardy?

  26. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 1st, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    LOL GB……You’re just a sweet old man; the other guy was a perv.

    Rich, maybe so, but I like typing it, lol

  27. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 2nd, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Buddy, I was going to try again, but I don’t even remember what post the link was in. Would you be able to post the link again? Thanks!

  28. GreenBeret7 March 2nd, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    March 1st, 2010 at 11:58 pm
    LOL GB……You’re just a sweet old man; the other guy was a perv.

    ————————————————————

    LMAO. Not wanting to incriminate myself, I think that I’ll just leave this one alone.

  29. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 2nd, 2010 at 12:07 am

    LOL he wasn’t that bad, but it was so condescending I couldn’t even respond to his comments

  30. Pat M. March 2nd, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Betsy, I feel like you’re two timing us here at The LoHud by hanging out elsewhere….You belong with us….By the way, what site is the Honey dude from……..Claire, glad you’re back for another wonderful season of Yankee vaseball and LoHud choas……GB, Sweet old man ??? you still have old buddy

  31. GreenBeret7 March 2nd, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I’ve been reading something that makes my want to cry. Back in 1960, a man named Sy Berger, who worked for Topps Card Company, saw 400 CASES of 1952 baseball cards in his warehouse that he was trying to clean out. He had them loaded on a barge that was then dumped into the atlantic Ocean. That 400 cases had an estimated 20,000 Mickey Mantle cards in them.

    It’s in a magazine called “Mantle: A Man and his Memorabilia”. Some great stories about Mantle through the years.

  32. tollan March 2nd, 2010 at 12:14 am

    chad interview regarding young players in camp
    http://blogtalk.vo.llnwd.net/o.....936726.mp3

  33. Rich in NJ March 2nd, 2010 at 12:16 am

    I threw out more than one Mantle card myself. I was too young to know any better.

  34. GreenBeret7 March 2nd, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Alright, Pat. You and Randy stole Borissa from me. I draw the line at you trying to steal Betsy, too.

  35. Pat M. March 2nd, 2010 at 12:26 am

    On that note GB, I’ll say goodnight……I agree with you, Betsy’s a keeper…..

  36. Buddy Biancalana March 2nd, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Betsy-

    Good luck!

    http://tv.gawker.com/5482408/i.....stant-ever

  37. Rich in NJ March 2nd, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Buddy

    No SNL skit about Jeopardy was ever that funny.

  38. Bo Knows March 2nd, 2010 at 12:35 am

    chad interview regarding young players in camp
    http://blogtalk.vo.llnwd.net/o…..936726.mp3

    I have one wish this spring training. That Hoffmann makes the team over Thames. 6’3, 235 and plays good defense. Never met a good hockey player that couldn’t hit.

  39. Bo Knows March 2nd, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Did you see that hit Weber laid on Ovechkin. Late in the third period Canadian fans were serenading Ovie with Owie, Owie. Told you hockey players could hit. Okay, I’ll leave now.

  40. Buddy Biancalana March 2nd, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Rich-

    This is my favorite SNL gameshow skit:

    http://en.kendincos.net/video-.....t-wad.html

  41. Carl March 2nd, 2010 at 4:44 am

    The Yanks are playing pool and vidyagames today.

  42. blake March 2nd, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Baseball games start today!

  43. upstate kate March 2nd, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Yay, spring is in the air…it is even light when I drive to work…
    Will tomorrow’s Yankees game be televised?

  44. blake March 2nd, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Kate,
    The first 3 Yankee games are on MLB Network.

  45. Doreen March 2nd, 2010 at 7:51 am

    upstate kate -

    I saw a promo on YES for Wednesday’s game, so I’m thinking, yep, it’s on tv. :)

  46. upstate kate March 2nd, 2010 at 7:56 am

    thanks Blake and Doreen, I guess I better clear some space on the DVR

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