Via the Daily News -
When Derek Jeter went on the disabled list in June with a calf injury, he was hitting .260 with 20 RBI in 62 games. In the 33 games since he returned July 4, he’s batted .313 with 21 RBI and is hitting .356 this month. Much of his improvement is due to work he did at the club’s minor-league complex with Gary Denbo that made for some of the most interesting footage in the HBO documentary “Derek Jeter 3K.”
Denbo was the club’s roving hitting instructor when Jeter was a minor leaguer and the big league team’s hitting coach in 2001. “I’ve been working with him since I was 18,” Jeter said. “I didn’t want to be injured, but when it happens you hope it’s a blessing in disguise. . . . I did things I needed to work on away from the game. So it was beneficial to be able to work on them, to be able to work with him.”
Jeter said the time he spent in Tampa allowed him to focus on adjustments in his hitting. “A lot of times when you’re in the middle of the season there’s things you can’t work on because you have to play every day,” he said. “It was unfortunate to get hurt, but it was fortunate that I could spend that time working and getting something accomplished.”
Bottom line, in his last 154 PA, Jeter’s BA/OBA/SLG line is .326/.382/.457 – and that’s what we expect from him.
Hey, if Long can fix Granderson, why couldn’t Denbo fix Jeter?