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March/April 2014 • Volume 19 Number 2
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There's always something special about the March issue for everyone
here at Junior Baseball. Even though it's below 20 degrees in
Connecticut as we put the issue together here, just writing and
editing stories around the coming season provides an unmatched excitement
from any other time of the year.
And so with this issue we present another treasure trove of tips, hints and
secrets for you to dig your mitts into.
We purposely say "secrets" above, because there's a great story that starts
on page 16 for you pitchers out there that's a must-read: The 5 Truths Hitters
Hope Pitchers Never Learn gives you a lot of food for thought on how hitters
think, and ways can out-maneuver their thinking.
Not to be outdone, hitters will get some tips of their own in this issue.
Ryan Smith shows what a successful hitter does in his pre-game warm-up
routine - a key piece to becoming a contributor on your team.
Major league players weigh in as they do in every issue. For starters, the
Orioles' Nick Markakis takes us through his thoughts on ways to move the
runner over - a critical piece of any good hitter's game. On the fielding side,
the Rays' Ben Zobrist talked to us about how to mentally prepare yourself to
play many positions, as a utility player is called on to do. And in the pitching
department, David Driver sits down with Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals hurler
is developing into a very good arm for an up-and-coming team. Check out
his pitching tips starting on page 14.
For our youner readers, we've got plenty to get you ready for the season.
Speaking of 'ready' - one of the biggest ways a younger player can set
himself apart in his league is to be ready for action while on the field. Be
sure to review Don Marsh's 'Get Ready to Catch!' for our Rookie Club
readers on page 13. For our younger hitters, Don gives some wonderful
advice on quick ways to pick up what the pitcher is throwing as it leaves his
hand in 'See the Pitch Early'. That one can be found on page 8.
This issue's installment of our popular 'When I Was a Kid' feature
showcases budding reporter Haley Smilow, a 12-year-old New Yorker who's
fearless with her pen and notebook. Be sure to catch her zippy conversation
with Rays' superstar David Price starting on page 20.
It wouldn't be a March/April issue without a look at the hottest equipment
coming to market this Spring, and we've got you covered once again (our
18th annual edition), starting on page 27. For those of you reading our digital
edition on a iPad, now you can go directly to store to price the iteams you
like best, just by touching the hyperlink. Watch out dad -- hide your credit
Until next time, get out there and practice hard...and have fun!
HERE WE GO!
P.S. Have you checked out our new website yet? If not, be sure to do this
soon! Go to www.youthbaseballdaily.com and let us know what you think!
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