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Noah Syndergaard Calls Dodgers Coaches the Best He’s Ever Had in His Career

Dodgers RHP Noah Syndergaard is enjoying a strong start to the spring in his first year in Los Angeles. In 9.1 innings, Syndergaard has allowed just one run and struck out eight, to the tune of a 0.96 ERA. His fastball is topping at just 94 mph, but he’s found ways to dominate even without the high velocity he had early in his career.

The Dodgers signed Syndergaard to a one-year, $13 million deal in the offseason, and he instantly became a perfect candidate to revitalize his career in the famous Mark Prior pitching lab. So far, that seems to be working — and Syndergaard has had nothing but good things to say about this incredible coaching staff (per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register).

“The coaches here are unbelievable, super knowledgeable, the best coaching I’ve ever had in my career,” Syndergaard said. “There’s just synergy among the pitching coaches, the strength coaches, our trainers, the training room. They all work together to make the best version of me show up every five days. Last year, I was kind of pulled in all different directions trying to figure out what works for me, what doesn’t. I’m this big, powerful guy and they were trying to get me to fit this mold of somebody I wasn’t.”

Syndergaard calling the Dodgers’ coaches the best he’s ever had is no small deal. He signed with the Dodgers knowing this staff excels at turning around careers. They did it with Tyler Anderson and Andrew Heaney a year ago, and Syndergaard wanted to be the next success story — and so far, it’s working.

But to be fair, it’s not all on the coaching staff.

Syndergaard has put in the work to turn his career around. During the 10 days I was at spring training, Syndergaard was the first pitcher out there every single morning, working out, fine-tuning his mechanics and ensuring he’s not wasting even a single day to improve.

So, yes, Syndergaard is very fortunate to be working with the incredible coaches of the Dodgers. But it’s a two-way street to have a career year, and Syndergaard is doing everything he can to get back to his dominant self.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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