Blake Snell Becomes a Coach? Lefty Ace Begins New Baseball Journey Amid Free Agency Stalemate

Published 01/23/2024, 10:30 AM EST

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Forget free agency drama. Blake Snell’s got a new curveball up his sleeve, and it’s called Zilla National! This offseason, the flame-throwing southpaw swapped the spotlight for the sidelines, becoming the head coach of a Seattle-based 12U travel baseball team he aptly named after his ferocious alter ego, “Snellzilla.” Neon-clad and hungry, these pint-sized predators devour wins, fueled by their supreme liege Snellzilla’s passion and wisdom.

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From first-tournament shoutouts to sideline cheers, Coach Z is all in. More than an offseason hobby, he’s igniting a fire in these young stars, proving greatness comes in many forms, even off the big-league diamond. So while free agency rumors swirl, one thing is certain: Snell’s impact on Zilla National is on the way to becoming one of his biggest strikeouts worth celebrating. Little has been revealed to the media about the miniature Godzilla tribe. What secrets do they hold?

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It’s not just the name that’s got jaws dropping. Snellzilla has gone all out, decking his young squad with custom neon-themed uniforms, flashy jewelry, and swag worthy of any major league clubhouse. But the heart of Zilla National lies in the passion Snell brings to the field.

 

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As evidenced by his Instagram post after their first tournament, “What an incredible first tournament with team @zillanational thankful for the opportunity to help these young men chase their dreams! Can’t wait for what’s to come with team Zilla!” The pitcher clearly relishes his new role as mentor, chasing greatness with the future athletes in the making—one strike at a time.

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And chase the dreams they have. Zilla National has roared out of the gates, winning five of their first six games as they continue their hunt in Huntington, much to the delight of their “principal owner.” The team’s motto, “Eat or Be Eaten,” speaks to their competitive spirit, while “#ChasingGreatness” captures the essence of Snell’s vision for his young charges.

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After all, what better way could possibly be there to make use of the Southpaw’s time during his free agency stall?

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Cy Young Ace, free agency maze: What’s next for Snellzilla?

Blake Snell’s agent, the legendary Scott Boras, is known for playing the waiting game. His unwavering belief in his clients often leads to late-blooming deals, but in this sluggish market, it’s a delicate dance. Diamond Sports Group’s bankruptcy woes have also thrown a wrench in the works, leaving many teams with shaky TV revenue and cautious wallets. So, where does Snellzilla pitch next?

The Boston Red Sox rumors seem more like a mirage than an Oasis, says CBS Sports. While a shorter-term deal with a win-now team could be a landing spot, his asking price of $270 million for nine years remains the elephant in the clubhouse. Maybe the fire of coaching young flames at Zilla National will inspire a new approach and a willingness to adjust his pitch on the free agency market.

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Whether he dons a major league jersey or coaches Zilla National to victory, Blake Snell’s passion for the game remains undimmed. 

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Shrabana Sengupta

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"Those who gaze outward dream, but those who turn inward awaken." A pro-writer for MLB EssentiallySports, I’ve been a fan of the New York Yankees since my school days. In my adolescent years, I was introduced to the iconic franchise through one of my beloved Friends characters, Joey.
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