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Snake Bytes 3/16: Moving Closer

Walker said the hard hitting comes from the way he plays the game. According to Baseball Reference, 52.4% of the balls he put in play had an exit velocity of 95 miles per hour or more in 2019. Last season, it was 48.8%.[The Athletic] Diamondbacks Carson Kelly rebuilt his swing and aims to recapture his 2019 form - It was hard to see at the time, but it was glaringly clear when [Carson] Kelly pulled up the video. His 2020 swing sat next to his 2019 swing, and the differences were obvious It was like comparing self-assembled IKEA furniture with the picture on the box. Ohhh, that where I went wrong. There was a lot to fix, so Kelly got to work earlier than he usually does over the offseason. The problem was that his mechanics had created a very small itting window??basically, the barrel of the bat was not maximizing its time in the strike zone J.B. Bukauskas Dog Jersey. Because of that, it sometimes seemed like it would be easier for Kelly to make contact with alien lifeforms than the baseball. He particularly struggled against the fastball. After hitting .294 against fastballs in 2019, Kelly hit just .227 against them last season. And if you can hit the fastball, you can hit much else.was in a bad position to make consistent contact,Kelly said.was swinging through a lot of fastballs and not recognizing breaking balls.Arizona Diamondbacks tickets to go on sale March 25: Here is what fans can expect at Chase Field - In a couple of weeks, Spring Training will end and the regular season will begin at Chase Field, where the D-backs are expecting to allow up to 25% of the stadium 48,000-seat capacity. The D-backs season begins April 1 against the San Diego Padres. Their home opener begins April 9 with a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, followed by a two-game series against Oakland Athletics Luis Gonzalez Dog Jersey. Single-game tickets for the team first three homestands go on sale at 9 a.m. on March 25 the D-backs said Monday.Around the League Ryan Braun trongly Leaning Toward Retirement - As of February, free-agent outfielder Ryan Braun said he wasn interested in continuing his playing career. That still seems to be the case, as Braun stated in a radio interview Monday that he hasn touched a baseball or a bat since last season ended, Adam McCalvy of tweets.Braun also revealed that he trongly leaning toward retirement, though he not ready to commit to a decision yet. If the 37-year-old Braun does continue his career, it appears it will have to be with the Brewers the only organization he has known since he went fifth overall in the 2015 draft. Braun admitted that he an foresee a scenario in which I play for any other major league team,per Will Sammon of The Athletic. In the event it Brewers or bust for Braun, then the longtime left fielder probably is done. After all, the club already has Lorenzo Cain, Christian Yelich, the newly signed Jackie Bradley Jr. and Avisail Garcia as its top four outfielders. Braun has a bit of first base experience on his resume, but the Brewers are committed to Keston Hiura at that position. It would be easier to envision a Braun-Brewers reunion had the National League kept the designated hitter for 2021, but that not happening.[Bleacher Report] Former MLB Pitcher Eulogio rankie De La Cruz Dies at Age 37 - Eulogio rankie De La Cruz, who pitched for parts of four MLB seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers, has died at age 37.The news was announced Monday by the Toros Del Este, De La Cruz Dominican winter league team .Per Woodbery, media outlets in the Dominican Republic reported that De La Cruz had a heart attack Sunday night. The Santo Domingo native made his MLB debut with the Tigers in June 2007, going on to appear in six games and finish with a 6.75 ERA. The next season, he was dealt to the Marlins in the deal that brought Miguel Cabrera to Detroit.[Fox Sports Radio] Trevor Bauer Blasts MLB After Receiving Warning on Rare Uniform Violation - Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer took to Twitter to call out Major League Baseball on Sunday after he received a letter in the mail warning him about violating the uniform policy his during a Spring Training game Josh Rojas Pet Jersey. Bauer posted a picture of the letter that MLB sent him. The letter ended with a note saying Bauer would be subject to discipline, including the possibility of a fine, if the violations continue.

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