Andrew Cronin will hit over 20 HR this season. In a recent spring training game he was flashing his power. It is very likely he can accomplish this feat if he follows these guidelines:
1. Stay small in the strike zone- Andrew is not very tall, and he will benefit from a recent rule change stating all players under the age of 10 have a different strike zone. Pitchers will have to pitch to him in his strike zone resulting in more HR.
2. Be a kid- Adult pitchers have some sympathy for children playing. Andrew has already proven he can play with the "big kids", throwing a perfect game last year. You don't need to lob pitches over into the strike zone with Andrew, but pitchers still will do so, resulting in more HR.
3. Hit from the "right" side of the plate- Andrew is a switch hitter. He has shown more power from the right side of the plate recently, but we don't know for sure which side is his powerful side. He needs to figure our quickly which side he likes best and stick to it if he wants to consistently slug HR.
4. Use a powerful bat- While most batters go with the classic yellow bat at the plate, Andrew should stick with the black or grey bat this season. The black and grey bats have more "pop" to them and help aid the ball over the fence. By the end of the season Andrew will stick to the yellow bat and still hit HR.
5. Have fun- When he is in a good mood and just having a good time, Andrew is one of the best players in the league. Of course, when he is having fun, he is playing with a lot of heart and passion. These qualities are greater than all the power and strength in the world and Andrew sure knows how to use them. His love of the game will help him reach the 20 HR plateau.
Article by John Cronin
The outfield fence was painted green today. It was a group effort. After working through some paint problems, we figured it out and accomplished the task. It will be finished with a second coat tomorrow. We thank Pat, Andrew, Katie, Rebecca, Karen, Leonard, and Yvonne Cronin for the help. We will see you all next Sunday for Opening Day! Check out the 2014 Season Predictions here. You can see some pictures from today in a gallery below.
2014 will an unpredictable year sure to be filled with many surprises, but here are the official 2014 pre-season predictions and ratings.
New this season will be a standing room only deck in the outfield. 2 more sections have been added on after this picture was taken. Each section has 2 wooden boards for standing. There will be plenty of space on each of them. This may just be the year in which you can catch a HR ball. Rule changes may be coming for fan interference.
This has been a work in progress for years and it is about time that it gets done.
2014's Opening Day will be on Sunday, June 1st. By then, the Shed will have electricity and the fence will be painted green. Stay tuned for other announcements as well.
This is a new series that will have periodic posts on special features of Shed Field at Cronin Yards.
Today, the topic is the "Bird Cemetery".
No one really knew of this last season and people are probably wondering why on earth would a wiffleball field have a bird cemetery. I am sure you have wondered what those random rocks were in left field. This was added to the field in 2013 due to the many birds which crash into the large glass windows of the Copper Club Suite and of the Shed. Each bird has its own burial site and a grave marker. Currently there are 8 buried there including 1 bat. So, the next time you find yourself playing left field, take a moment of silence for all the birds who have lost their lives flying about Shed Field.