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Buster Olney: Flanagan hitting spots as a coach

Buster Olney: Flanagan hitting spots as a coach

The models that first-year pitching coach Mike Flanagan draws from are two of his former coaches, George Bamberger and Ray Miller. They developed strong bonds with their regular communication.This is what Flanagan wanted to do with his pitchers in his first year, have that strong relationship. So his one big regret this season, Flanagan said yesterday, was the spring training time lost to the strike.

"I know the relationship that I want to have [with the pitchers]," he said. "I don't know if I have it yet."

Flanagan knew many of the pitchers who had been with the organization, like Mike Mussina, Ben McDonald and Brad Pennington. But he didn't know Kevin...