Throughout, the young man swung a bat. In the winter, he swung in the basement. In the summer and at night, he swung in the garage. He wanted to hit so much that he wore out all available pitchers including his father, his grandfather, and his brothers. His resourceful father, eager to stoke his son’s passion for hitting, crafted a homemade pitching machine from coffee cans and PVC pipes. The young man hit small plastic golf balls and other targets by the hundreds and honed his compact, powerful, consistent swing such that he was selected as the nation’s top high school baseball player. He also won the same recognition in football, and considered a collegiate path as a quarterback.
When the young man was selected by his hometown team the Minnesota Twins, during the amateur draft, he decided to bypass other sports and pursue his first love, baseball. He made a wise choice, for he soon became an elite offensive and defensive catcher for the Twins and became the first at his position to win 3 batting titles. In the midst of his record-setting brilliance, Joe Mauer practices his hitting with the same dedication and with the same device he used as a youth. The trademarked Quickswing product is used by thousands of young men of all ages who aim to develop the same crisp, efficient and quick swing as the 2009 American League MVP.
“Focus on being the best player you can be,” Mauer said, no matter the sport and no matter the season. If you choose baseball, be inventive, if you must, and find your best way to become a great hitter, just like Mauer.
From October 2010, http://raisingahitter.wordpress.com