The ex-Warriors swingman stepped down this month after four years as head coach at his alma mater, St. John’s. “It got to a certain point for me to do something different,” Mullin said. “Straight from the heart and gut, when you do it that way, it’s natural. It wasn’t anything but that. I’m excited to do some different things.” Mullin had two years left on his contract. The 55-year-old was coming off his first winning season and only trip to the NCAA Tournament as a coach, which he called a “lifetime memory.” The Red Storm lost to Arizona State in a First Four game in March.
The Texas Rangers’ outfielder grew up trying to hit baseballs as far as he could, so the idea of relaxing at bat wasn’t easy to grasp. But he worked with a coach to clear his head at the plate after his average had dipped well below .200. A week later, Gallo tied his career high of five RBIs without hitting a homer and had his first-ever sacrifice fly in the big leagues, and his batting average was .281 entering Monday. “My whole life I’ve tried to hit bombs,” Gallo said. “So trying to change that is different, but it’s something I’ve got to do.”
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