When Ken Griffey Jr. stepped into the batter’s field, even opposing pitchers had been left in awe by his candy swing. Apparently, the Hall of Famer, now in his 50s, nonetheless has not misplaced his contact.
It took some convincing, however Griffey, who’s at the moment the hitting coach for Team USA, ultimately determined to take some batting apply forward of the World Baseball Classic quarter-final sport towards Venezuela.
Shortly after Griffey picked up a baseball bat, each participant on Team USA stood across the plate to catch a glimpse of the enduring swing.
Griffey is a seven-time Silver Slugger Award winner and final performed within the large 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 staff was in 2007, when a number of Team USA gamers had been 12-years-old or youthful. Pete Alonso was 12, Kyle Tucker was 10, and Bobby Witt Jr. was seven years outdated.
Growing up, many of the U.S. gamers seemingly 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.
Several gamers had smiles on their faces as they watched in admiration at loanDepot park, the location of this yr’s World Baseball Classic Championship.
“Guys had been placing a variety of stress on him,” Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout instructed reporters. “We wished to see it so dangerous. He mentioned, ‘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.
Team USA performs Venezuela Saturday at 7 p.m. EST.
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