Jeter Working on His Swing

There is no question that New York Yankees’ shortstop, Derek Jeter, will be under the spotlight this coming season. Coming off a below average season which saw him hit only .270 with 10 home runs and 67 RBI’s, Jeter has been working since mid January with hitting coach, Kevin Long, on improving his swing and proving to his critics that, at 37, he still has lots left in the tank. Jeter, who is 74 hits away from becoming the first Yankee to achieve 3,000 career hits, is not striding anymore with his left foot, and since last year has shortened his swing. “I’m not changing a swing,” Jeter said. “My swing is exactly the same. I’m shortening down the stride. It’s really not as drastic as people are making it out to be. I’m not putting my hands in a different position. I’m not doing a different path. It’s just the striding … I’m trying not to.” In his first two exhibition games Jeter has managed only one hit. The Yankees are planning to give Jeter some extra at bats so that he can get more comfortable heading into the season.


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