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Spring Training pro-tip number one: if Javier Baez is at the plate, make sure you’re recording.

Because stuff like this happens:

That was Baez going deep the opposite way today against the Rockies. You can hear the crowd immediately swoon. It took everything in me to remain calm and dispassionate so as not to disrupt the shot.

Then again, this is just Javy bein’ Javy, so what’s there really to get all excited about?

  • Patrick G

    Boner Jams 14

  • Soda Popinski

    Damn.

  • BlameHendry

    Takes power to hit it oppo like that… That kinda power from a shortstop is just crazy.

  • itzscott

    Thanks but maybe try cleaning your lens before shooting next time.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That is more likely the zoom and the automatic re-sizing that YouTube does. Lens is clean. Phone videos from a distance kind of are what they are.

      • Porkslap

        You need some on-field press credentials to stand next to the ump.

      • ssckelley

        The smash sure sounded good!

    • Porkslap

      It’s compressed video. I’m guessing Brett uploaded it directly from the phone. Thanks for the video, keep ‘em coming!

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        For future purposes, is there a better way to have the best possible version of the phone video for sharing?

        • Porkslap

          I’m no expert, but I would think you should be able to upload a lossless version somehow. Does the original on your phone look a ton better?

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            Not really – it was from a distance, and zoomed a little bit. Maybe that’s all there is to it on this one.

            • blublud

              Its an IPhone, that’s the problem. My sis works for Verizon, and we go at it all the time. She’s an IPhone/Apple addict, and I have Samsung everything,all my TTVs, Tablet and my phone. The Samsung Note 3 would never have this problem. That camera is like shooting a Hollywood movie. ;)

              • DarthHater

                Cool. Can we now have a four-hour long Apple v. Samsung debate? Please? :-P

                • blublud

                  Samsung has a better approach, much less swing and miss, and no one will ever be able to match their production. They have tremendous power from every angle, and they are easily marketable, so you will capitalize off what they bring.

                  Iphone is just somewhere out there floating in a cloud.

                  • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

                    The iPhone is a barney clone.

                    I have a note 2 and it’s OK. The iPhone does some things better but I’m going to have a hard time going away from my big screen TV phone.

        • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

          If your using iPhone straight to youtube I don’t think you can control the quality but I think I’ve head of other apps that allow you to send high-def video to different sights.

          • ClevelandCubsFan

            going from my Galaxy S4 to YouTube sucked the once I did it. putting it on my ‘puter and then uploading from a good desktop app fixed it.

        • ssckelley

          Have you tried Vimeo?

        • Porkslap

          Agreed, it’s the zoom that muddles the quality. Nothing wrong with that sound though!

        • Sterling Archer

          Never ever ever ever ever use digital zoom, especially on a phone. All you’re doing is asking the phone to make the image more pixellated. Digital zoom means it’s enlarging it in software, not actually manipulating the lens to increase detail. Whenever you blow up a photo beyond its native resolution on a computer, it looks bad, and that’s what’s happening with digital zoom.

          If you’re serious about video you might want to look into a decent digital camcorder or a DSLR with HD video recording capability. Prices have really come down as the technology becomes more widespread and commoditized. If you stick with a phone, though, just make sure you never use the zoom and use some kind of bracing technique or, if you have the room, a monopod or tripod to keep it stable. The Glif is great for connecting to a tripod: http://www.studioneat.com/products/glif

  • Soda Popinski

    I see Vitters had two hits as well. How’d he look in left, Brett?

  • blublud

    Wow. If this guy performs cnsistently like this in the spring, I see no reason to hold him back past the point to gain an extra year of control. No need to start him out up top, but 10 days(I believe), and he should heeded to the North.

  • http://www.dylanheuer.com Dylan

    I’m seriously thinking of reaching in my fantasy draft and getting him in the 15th-ish round (25-man roster) of a 20-team league…

  • CeeDeeVee

    There is no video elsewhere, and Brett didn’t have to share that with us, so idk why you’d throw in that rude “clean your lense” comment.

    Thanks for the video Brett!

    Anyone else see the video of Baez on cubs.com, where he was asked what he wanted to improve on and he said hitting the ball to the right side more? That’s the best part of his homeruns. Shows his amazing power, and that he really is working on it.

    • itzscott

      Gee CeeDeeVee,

      Sorry if you felt I was rude. I think I would appreciate it if someone tried giving me some advice going forward to achieve what I set out to do.

      ….and I DID write “thanks” (Nancy)

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Who did Javy get the homer off of? Curious. Love to see the homers against more advanced pitchers.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    I’m taming my excitement on Javy till he makes the majors. I just want to see him be able to make adjustments at the big league level. If he learn to make adjustments once the league tries to learn the book on him and pitchers see him the 2nd and 3rd time around if he can still crush the ball then we know we have something truly special in Javy and its not just the bat speed and power

    • blublud

      Navy is good. It definitely the bat speed and power that makes him good.

      • Serious Cubs Fan

        Of course Javy is good. The moment of truth for Javy is if he’ll be able to adjust to ML pitching once they start pitching him differently. Javy has all the talent in the world but baseball isn’t just a game of tools, its just as importantly a mental and adjustments games. I definitely think he can but I just need to see it.

        • blublud

          I think he has made adjustments already. But I agree. I suspect he’ll crush pitching first time around, struggle 2nd time around, and then put up the “norm” after that.

  • blublud

    I just watched against and i think the speaker on my phone exploded when he made contact. Now I have no volume. :-D

  • Steve

    ____________ would say:

    “He’s nothing but a Darwin Barney with a little more power.”

    • blublud

      Hangman or Doc, Blublud would never say that about Baez.

      • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

        That hangman dude sounds like a dumb ass. Hansman would never say that.

        • DarthHater

          “That hangman dude sounds like a bad ass.”

          FTFY

          • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

            Hangman, hamburgerman, hansman…Whateves.

            • blublud

              My Samsung has been going autocorrect crazy lately.

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  • Steve

    Well played Blu

  • okiecubhawk

    Dumb question: why does the permalink pop up in different threads from time to time?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That’s probably not a dumb question, but you’ll have to add more for me to understand what you’re asking. What permalink? What do you mean by pop up?

      • okiecubhawk

        Pop up was bad wording. From time to time I notice random links showing up in reply chains. This one is in bold blue with a green tab on the left side. It’s a link to http://www.bleachernation.com/2014/03/05/spring-training-miscellany-rockies-7-cubs-5-march-5-2014/

        I’m on my iPhone and I have no idea how to post a screenshot….

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          That appears when one article is linked in another article somewhere on WordPress. Usually it is Brett or me linking to related pieces on Bleacher Nation, but sometimes it comes from other blogs linking into here.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            Yeah. Those are called ping-backs.

  • okiecubhawk

    Ok. Thanks for the explanation! That’s been bugging me for a while now….

  • JCubs79

    In my auction keeper league, I have Baez, Almora and Bryant. Am I winning yet?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      In the Bleacher Nation Ottoneu auction league, Baez went for $18, Bryant for $9, and Almora for $4.

      I doubt you’d get much production from Almora this year, but Baez and Bryant could be solid second half contributors. Longer term, Almora’s a nice guy to have on the roster just in case everything clicks.

      • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

        In my league last-year, I got Baez for $8. He better be the next coming of Puig…dangit (whom I got last year for single digits in the same league).

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