One baseball tip – This could make or break your entire season

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This one baseball tip can make or break your entire season – How to become a better baseball player.

Three months prior to spring training I started working on being the successful hitter I needed to be.  I worked on hitting line drives and hard ground balls, taking my singles and doubles.  I knew that if I hit balls in the air I was an easy out.  I knew who I was and I was ready for camp to start.

First day of spring training I get placed in a batting practice group with Miguel Sano, Kennys Vargas, and Max Kepler.  All three are young hitting prospects with tremendous power.  After my first round I noticed I was trying to keep up with them and I was trying to hit the ball out of the ball park.  All that I had worked on the previous few months I almost threw out the window because I wanted to impress in a way that wasn’t me.  I wasted that whole day being something I wasn’t.  That’s when I remembered my AAA manager from the year before Gene Glynn, he would tell me fairly often to “be who you are.”

I believe those four words helped me the past two seasons.  At 32 and 33 years old I feel like I have had the two best years of my professional career. I may have an unothrodox batting stance, I may not hit with the power of some players.  But thats ok, it’s baseball and people with different skills can bring a lot to a team.  Once I accepted that idea, I became a better all around player.  I worked on bunting, I worked on hitting the ball the other way, I worked on not striking out as much. When I realized who I was as a hitter my confidence went way up.  Having confidence at the plate is the best thing you can have during an at bat.

So I guess I am trying to pass along something that really helped me.  I know it took 11 years for me to buy into and I hope that it doesn’t take others this long.  All baseball players no matter what skill level or age can “be who they are” and be a better player.  This is a very important part of how to become a better baseball player.

So the next time you are taking batting practice in a group where your skills differ from theirs, its ok.  Be mentally strong enough to be who you are and work on your skills.  It’s difficult to do, I know, but you will be tougher mentally and will be a better player.

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About Author

Doug Bernier, founder of Pro Baseball Insider.com, debuted in the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Colorado Rockies, and has played professional baseball for 5 organizations (CO Rockies, NY Yankees, Pirates, MN Twins, & TX Rangers) over the past 16 years. He has Major League time at every infield position, and has played every position on the field professionally except for catcher. Where is he now? After batting .200 in 45 at-bats and fielding .950 during 2017 spring training with the Rangers, Doug was assigned to the Ranger's AAA team the Round Rock Express. You should click to watch this great defensive play by Bernier

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