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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Inspiration for Young Hitters: Teixeira Has 5-Strikeout Day, Sees Hitting Coach

Yes, this happened. Yesterday.

So, what does this excellent hitter do? He goes for help.

There's a lesson in this story for young players.

First, you'll have bad days. You must rebound from them.

Second, there's no substitute for hard work -- off a tee, during soft toss, off the machine or during live batting practice. Make every swing count.

Third, know when to go for help. If Mark Teixeira takes advice, then so should you. See out other hitters, seek out coaches, watch games, watch instructional videos, practice, whatever it takes and, most importantly, what works for you.

The pros go for help, and that should tell you something.

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