Friday, January 6, 2012

Tank Thames channels Miyamoto Musashi

When I first interviewed Eric Thames in April 2010, he'd just finished reading "The Book of Five Rings" by Samurai sword master Miyamoto Musashi of the 17th century. Thames seemed to carry his baseball bat everywhere -- and he explained why: "(Miyamoto) says if you have a craft, you should spend all your time and energy trying to perfect it. It's baseball. You can't really perfect it, but you can make the attempt."

Thames homered four times in four days that week and finished the year with 27 homers and 104 RBI. His hands are so fast -- and his swing path so short and direct -- that he could hit a bullet. Tank is now on Twitter @EThames14.

Eric Thames, who possesses a quick and powerful swing,
will compete for a starting job in left field this season.
Kevin Littlefield photo

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