When Ken Griffey Jr. stepped into the batter’s field, even opposing pitchers had been left in awe by his candy swing. Apparently, the Corridor of Famer, now in his 50s, nonetheless has not misplaced his contact.
It took some convincing, however Griffey, who’s presently the hitting coach for Crew USA, finally determined to take some batting follow forward of the World Baseball Basic quarter-final sport in opposition to Venezuela.
Shortly after Griffey picked up a baseball bat, each participant on Crew USA stood across the plate to catch a glimpse of the long-lasting swing.
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Griffey is a seven-time Silver Slugger Award winner and final performed within the massive leagues in with the Seattle Mariners in 2010.
He was named to 13 All-Star groups over the course of his storied profession.
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The final time Griffey was on an All-Star crew was in 2007, when a number of Crew USA gamers had been 12-years-old or youthful. Pete Alonso was 12, Kyle Tucker was 10, and Bobby Witt Jr. was seven years previous.
Rising up, a lot of the U.S. gamers probably watched spotlight reels of Griffey’s swing, however when the previous centerfielder stepped as much as the plate, that they had the uncommon alternative to see him hit pitches up shut.
A number of gamers had smiles on their faces as they watched in admiration at loanDepot park, the location of this 12 months’s World Baseball Basic Championship.
“Guys had been placing plenty of stress on him,” Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout informed reporters. “We needed to see it so dangerous. He stated, ‘Give me 10 swings, and I do know I can hit one out.'”
Griffey was showered with reward when he ended that batting session with a house run.
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Crew USA performs Venezuela Saturday at 7 p.m. EST.