(GAME DATE AUG. 29, 2019) — Corey Normore, the long running hitting coach for the Toronto Nomads, is said to be facing unemployment after the 2019 season, despite the team producing one of its best seasons in years.
Normore, who started with the AAA-level Brampton Longhorns in 2010, is in his fourth season with the Nomads as hitting coach. The team has seen steady hitting improvement since 2016 when he was promoted out of the minor league system.
But sources close to the team front office say that Normore has been an overall disappointment to the franchise, which has seen explosive development on the pitching mound, which has failed to similarly materialize in the batter’s box.
The Nomads have one of the best starting rotations in the Lake League, headed by triple-crown contender Knuckles Malone and former MVP and Sandy Koufax winner, Alex Medina. The club’s starters ERA of 3.75 tops the LL and the team has the lowest opponent’s batting average in the league, at .242.
But offensively, the lineup has failed to keep pace with the team’s defense and pitching. The club ranks 10th in nearly every major hitting category, producing the lowest number of runs (540), hits (1103) and batting average (.250) consistently through the year.
All of their 73 wins so far have been thanks to the enormous efforts of the club’s pitchers, with Mike Killian and currently injured Yeong-suk Yi teaming up for the closer role to register a combined 35 saves so far.
Yi is expected to return to the closer role in 2-3 weeks when he comes off the 60-day DL, and Killian, with a 1.61 ERA, could move back to the setup role, as the team comes down the stretch of a pennant race.
The 56-year-old Normore, who earns $166,000/year, was asked about the rumors but declined to comment, saying that he prefers to focus on his job during the season.
Several highly regarded hitting coaches have yet to sign extensions around the league, including Boston’s John LaBarre, long-time Calgary coach Danny Gonzalez, Nevada’s Bill Villalpando, and New York Dragons’ power-focused Hall of Fame former 3B-man, Chris Felix.