Derek Jeter (Baseball Superstars), 1st Edition by Clifford W. Mills

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He knew what he was missing by not staying in college, but he was determined to do better in his second year with the Yankees. 1993: TURNING A CORNER Before reporting to the Greensboro team in 1993, Jeter continued an intense physical and weight-training program he began some months earlier. He had stopped growing at 6-foot-3 but had added several pounds of muscle through hard work in the weight room. Jeter was lucky to have come along in baseball when he did. For most of the previous 50 years, professional baseball teams did not believe in weight training.

My goal is simple: to keep getting better. . I like to chase my dreams, and I advise everyone else to do the same. When the team played its first home game on April 9, Jeter had one hit and scored a run. For the first time, he heard the roar of the home crowd celebrating a hit. Over the next few months, that roar would start when he came to bat. In the middle of May, the team was comfortably in first place in the American League East. Jeter was hitting the ball and making plays. He was fast enough to beat out infield hits one after another, forcing opposing infielders to rush their throws to try to get him out.

He had a good feeling as he headed into the fateful 1996 season. 5 Living the Dream S pring training for the Yankees in 1996 began on February 20, at a new complex, Legends Field, in Tampa. The Yankees also had a new manager, Joe Torre, who called a team meeting and told everyone that he expected this team to go to the World Series. He said that every one of the team’s coaches had been to the World Series except him, and he planned to change that. He was met with silence and stares. No Yankee team had been to the World Series in 15 years or won one in 18 years, and the clubhouse had been a revolving door of players and managers.

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