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Derek Jeter, Kevin Long & Albert Pujols

El Capitan
El Capitan

Did you notice that last September, Derek Jeter started hitting more like Albert Pujols?

Not in the insane "I might be the most gifted hitter in the history of the game way," but in his stride.

Remember those adjustments Jeter and Long made in Texas? This great SI article (h/t Scooby Snacks) gives a breakdown of Jeter's work with Kevin Long:

Last September, Long worked with Jeter on changes in the length and direction of his stride -- making it shorter and straighter. They tried a modified version of how Albert Pujols picks his front foot barely off the ground and quickly puts it back down. Said Long, "We were in Texas one day and I said, 'Are you ready to take this into a game now?' And he said, 'Okay. I'll give it a shot.'"

It was great to see the Captain put his swing back in order at the end of last season, and it's great knowing we have a hitting coach able to help him do it. 

I can't wait for Spring Training to start.