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Javier Baez to Make Wrigley Field Debut

August 8th, 2014 at 2:55 PM
By Tim Duxbury

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The Javy Baez show is finally coming to Wrigley Field! After becoming only the third player in history to hit three home runs in his first three games, per Ace of MLB Stats, Javier Baez will finally make his home debut today at 3:05 CT. He will, again, bat second and play second base. Tune in now to WGN (TV) or WGN 720 (Radio) to catch the game. Or get in online, here.

Javier Baez is currently hitting .286 (4-14) with three home runs, five RBI and three strikeouts. Baez has been on an unbelievable tear since July 1st, hitting 15 home runs between AAA and the big leagues, per Carrie Muskat. No one has ever questioned Baez’s power or his talent, but his patience and maturity (as a hitter) has been a topic of debate but it’s safe to say that he silenced those doubters this week. Two of Baez’s three homers have been to the opposite field; impressive for any hitter, never mind a free-swinging rookie. Using the opposite field is the sign of a mature hitter because it requires allowing the ball to travel deeper in the zone and making contact with the inner half of the baseball, something that is usually counter intuitive to pull and power-hitters.

We’ll have to wait and see if Baez has any fireworks left for the sold-out, home crowd, but he is off to one heck of a start and the City couldn’t be more excited!


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