It’s that exciting time of the year again! After a few months of rest, spring training for the New York Yankees has begun. The team hit the George M. Steinbrenner Field in sunny Tampa, Florida on Saturday in order to prepare for the upcoming season.
Coming off of his worst batting season last year, shortstop Derek Jeter returned to training with room for improvement. Last season Jeter’s batting average was only .270, and he was the team’s number one source of double plays.
On Monday, Jeter began working on his brand new swing and went 1-4 at practice. Hitting coach Kevin Long began tweaking Jeter’s swing last September by implementing an important change as Jeter waits for the ball during a pitch. Jeter’s new and improved pitch aims to stop Jeter from taking a stride in the direction of the plate during this time.
Jeter has been working on the new mechanics, and admits that he has been pretty successful. He said,”The good thing is, my foot hasn’t been moving. That’s a step in the right direction, I guess.”
There are 30 days until the season begins for New York, which leaves Jeter enough time to perfect his new stride-less swing. The New York Yankees will enter their third season at the new Yankee Stadium as they host the Detroit Tigers during their season opener on Thursday, March 31.
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