Derek Jeter (Baseball Superstars) by Clifford W. Mills

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Scouts perform a crucial function. They rate players from around the country. Some use a rating system from 2 to 8; some use a 20-to-80 scale. A 2- or a 20-rated player is not worth a second look. An 8 or an 80 is for the best amateur players in the country. Anyone above a 4 or a 40 is considered a major-league prospect. Players other than pitchers are rated on arm strength, running speed, fielding ability, the ability to hit, and the ability to hit with power. Pitching prospects are graded on their fastball, curveball, slider, and other pitches.

Derek hit only one home run in the next 50 at-bats. Yet, he willed himself to play harder and to play in pain. When many players would have quit, he did not. He needed to succeed now, in his senior year, or the scouts could possibly overlook him. 508 he was still one of the best players in the country. GETTING DRAFTED One of his major goals from three years earlier, being the USA Today “High School Player of the Year,” became a reality. He was overjoyed. All of his work had paid off. Swinging the bat 1,000 times a day in his garage at a ball hung from the ceiling Getting the Call had helped.

Jeter’s father had seen parents use contracts with troubled teenagers who had made serious mistakes. He reasoned that a contract might be effective before mistakes were made. Derek did not agree with every clause, but he did sign the contract after some discussion. Some parents are authoritarian, imposing standards on their children and punishing them if they do not live up to those standards. Their children may grow up with lower selfesteem if they do not feel in control. Other parents are permissive, letting their children do pretty much what they want.

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