Vlad Guerrero Jr. impresses in first day at Blue Jays big league camp

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Devon Travis doesn’t have to watch batting practice to know when Vlad Guerrero Jr. is hitting the ball.

He can tell just by listening.

“It’s the sound,” the Blue Jays second baseman said Saturday after taking swings alongside baseball’s top prospect at Toronto’s spring training stadium. “I’ve never been into all the mechanical stuff but I’m sure if you spoke to those guys they’d tell you he does things that you dream of hitters doing.

“But the biggest thing for me is the sound. When he’s hitting you don’t have to look. You know it’s coming off someone’s bat who’s different.”

Guerrero reported to Blue Jays camp — his first time on the big league side of spring training — early Saturday morning, walking into the clubhouse with teammate Lourdes Gurriel, who occupies the locker stall next to his.

The first official workout for position players isn’t until Monday, but the hitters who were in camp early went through defence drills and batting practice at Dunedin Stadium while pitchers and catchers worked out down the road.

Guerrero hit more than a few balls beyond the fence Saturday, impressing the Blue Jays’ new hitting coach Guillermo Martinez in the process.

“He was just trying to hit line drives but his line drives go over the fence,” Martinez said. “He’s not trying to elevate, he’s not trying to hit the school (behind the field) on purpose.

“I like to say he takes a professional batting practice. He literally takes every swing and thinks about everything he tries to do.”

The hype around the 19-year-old Guerrero has been building for years, and it …read more

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Blue Jays hitting coach says team will love Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

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NBA 3-point contest: Stephen & Seth Curry have a wager

Charlotte, N.C. – Steph Curry could not put a price on what it meant to return to his hometown for All-Star Weekend.

He will, however, have a hefty and ongoing debt to pay if he loses tonight’s 3-point shooting contest to his younger brother, Seth. The two have a bet going that could have repercussions for years to come.

“Whoever loses has to pick up the tab for all the tickets for anytime we play against each other for the rest of our careers,” Curry said. “The stakes are high, considering how many people show up for our games. I’ve got to get the best of him tonight. I know he’s very confident.”

Curry appeared to be equally confident.

“I hope he got a good night’s sleep last night,” Curry said with a chuckle. “Although, there’s no such thing as sleeping when we come back to Charlotte for All-Star Weekend. I have to have the Energizer Bunny mentality.”

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What does Curry’s younger brother think?

“That’s a big bet. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Seth said. “I got a lot on the line. I’ve got to lock in. I’ve got to focus. I’ve got to make some shots. I’ve got to beat Steph. I’ve got to beat all nine to win, but for that I’ve just got to beat Steph. It’s going to be difficult.”

Curry spent his Friday night before the 3-point contest by going to a place that seemed very familiar, though he had never been there before. Curry played 42 games at Belk Arena, but he had never spent a minute with the Davidson student section before the Wildcats’ 80-72 victory over Saint Joseph’s. …read more

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