Stay in the correct lane

As position players take informal batting practice on the main diamond at Hi Corbett Field, there are cones set up along the power alleys, from the warning track almost to the infield, on each side. They’re reminders for hitters.

Spring Training is about that: get your stroke first, stay in the middle of the field,” Rockies hitting cach Don Baylor said. “You’re not here to pull every pitch to get into some bad habits. We’re trying to develop some good habits early.”

It’s difficult to hit a home run on the main field at Hi Corbett. In Baylor’s view, that’s good. Since the ball doesn’t travel well in most cases, taking wild, hard swings doesn’t pay off. So players can work on fundamental approaches.

“The wind is blowing out most of the time, but it’s blowing out on the other fields,” Baylor said.

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