Gardner Looking To Hit With More Authority

He didn't get one in his brief time in big league camp. He only registered 24 of them in stops between Tampa and Trenton last season. Now returning to Double-A this season, Brett Gardner will be looking to get more extra-base hits by hitting the ball with more authority in 2007.

"It was a great experience," Brett Gardner said of his time in big league camp this spring. "I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to go over there and be with those guys. It was just a good time."

"Everybody was much more personable than I expected, everybody was very friendly, and pretty much whatever you asked for those guys would try and give you an answer and help you out. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed it."

Even after skipping the South Atlantic League entirely in his first full professional season last year, Gardner hit a combined .298 between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2006.

But with a slugging percentage well below .400 last year, Gardner believes now that he has settled into a particular level of play he can begin focusing on hitting the ball harder.

"The main thing I need to work on is keep hitting," he admitted. "I just need to keep seeing pitches, get at-bats, work on becoming a better hitter and more dangerous at the plate."

"The more balls I put in the play and the harder I hit them, the more I can use my speed and get on base. That's the main thing I need to work on, obviously I need to stay healthy, but just keep swinging the bat."

He realizes that power is more than just hitting home runs. He wants to focus his power on hitting the gaps more often and pile up extra-base hits that way to utilize his speed even more.

Gardner showed increased extra-base hit power at minor league camp this spring, hitting hard-liners both in the gaps and over the defending outfielders for doubles and triples, and he wants to carry that success into Trenton this year.

"Yeah definitely," he said if increasing his power production is a key for him this season. "I'm never going to try and hit a home run."

"Most power hitters don't even try to hit home runs. But I'm definitely going to try and bat the ball a little bit, hit some balls with more authority, and hit the gaps more often."

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\r\n \r\n \r\n\"It was a great experience,\" Brett Gardner said of his time in big league camp this spring. \"I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to go over there and be with those guys. It was just a good time.\"
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\r\n\"Everybody was much more personable than I expected, everybody was very friendly, and pretty much whatever you asked for those guys would try and give you an answer and help you out. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed it.\"
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\r\nEven after skipping the South Atlantic League entirely in his first full professional season last year, Gardner hit a combined .298 between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2006.
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\r\nBut with a slugging percentage well below .400 last year, Gardner believes now that he has settled into a particular level of play he can begin focusing on hitting the ball harder.
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\r\n\"The main thing I need to work on is keep hitting,\" he admitted. \"I just need to keep seeing pitches, get at-bats, work on becoming a better hitter and more dangerous at the plate.\"
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\r\n\"The more balls I put in the play and the harder I hit them, the more I can use my speed and get on base. That's the main thing I need to work on, obviously I need to stay healthy, but just keep swinging the bat.\"
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\r\nHe realizes that power is more than just hitting home runs. He wants to focus his power on hitting the gaps more often and pile up extra-base hits that way to utilize his speed even more.
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\r\nGardner showed increased extra-base hit power at minor league camp this spring, hitting hard-liners both in the gaps and over the defending outfielders for doubles and triples, and he wants to carry that success into Trenton this year.
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\r\n\"Yeah definitely,\" he said if increasing his power production is a key for him this season. \"I'm never going to try and hit a home run.\"
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\r\n\"Most power hitters don't even try to hit home runs. But I'm definitely going to try and bat the ball a little bit, hit some balls with more authority, and hit the gaps more often.\"
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