Keith Comstock, an immovable figure in the Texas Rangers pitching camp

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Keith Comstock, an immovable figure in the Texas Rangers pitching camp

Not much is known about Keith Comstock. If you’re a Texas Rangers supporter and a hardcore one, then you would probably understand how important that name is to the organization. With every team, there is an individual who tends to the recovering ballplayers on the sidelines. Much to the appreciation of the stars that have been through bad patches in their career, Comstock is one individual who is heralded in the Texans pitching camp.

Based in Surprise, Arizona, Comstock works as a rehab pitching coordinator. His reputation precedes him as a formidable ball thrower in the past. The veteran has been involved with many teams and his total Major League Baseball appearances have gone up to 144. He used to play for the Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners.

He has worked with a lot of players in the Rangers rotation before and he will be important when three top pitchers in the current Rangers’ squad will gather in Arizona for extended spring training. Tommy Hunter will be joining other players like Scott Feldman and Brandon Webb to seek advice from the pitching coordinator. Derrek Holland knows Comstock all too well.

The two worked together during winter and it seems to be paying good dividends on the field. Holland calls Surprise his offseason home and he used positive words to describe Comstock, recently.

 "The best way to describe it is I call him my daddy," Holland said. "He's like a father figure to me. He definitely knows his stuff. He helped me a lot with my mechanics and getting my head moving in the direction of the glove. But I had a lot of talks with him about anything and everything, on and off the field."

The rehab coordinator has been working in baseball for the last 35 seasons and this happens to be his 36th.

"We're fortunate to have a guy with Commie's experience in that position," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.

 Comstock has been a player, a coach and a minor league manager in the past. That is a lot of experience for sure.

 

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