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A Closer Look at the off-Season Training Done by Justin Smoak
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Those of you who read my story in this morning’s paper saw plenty of quotes from Justin Smoak’s agent, Hunter Bledsoe, about the work he and the Mariners first baseman did this winter. Bledsoe was once a top prospect coming out of Vanderbilt in the late-1990s, but his career as a third baseman topped out in Class AA for the Royals back in 2003. Injuries played a big part in that, but Bledsoe told me he remained very frustrated by his inability to find answers to his hitting woes while still playing. He began a quest during the latter stages of his career and then continued it once becoming a player agent. The quest? To find those missing answers about hitting that eluded him during his pro career so he can share them with others. Especially his clients.

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