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While this isn't probably any better, it sure seems more Marlins related than just posting Marlins crap to buy, which I will undoubtedly do sometime in the offseason.

Anyway, if you are looking for a baseball camp to send a promising young future star or are looking for one yourself.  John Mallee is putting on his two-day hitting clinic over the Thanksgiving holiday.

John Mallee hitting clinic at Sox Academy

The Northwest Indiana White Sox Training Academy will hold John Mallee's Major League Batting Clinic on Wednesday and Friday at its facility located at 1944 N. Griffith Blvd., Unit D, Griffith. Mallee, the Florida Marlins' hitting coordinator, has been coaching professional baseball for 13 years and was voted Marlins' "Man of the Year" in 2005.

The camp is open to boys and girls ages 9-18. The cost is $99 for the two sessions totaling four hours of instruction.

FYI: Call (219) 923-3861 or go to

In other baseball training news.

Eric Snyder, head instructor at Valparaiso's Batter Box, has developed a regimen that revolves around Bratt's Bats -- a training "club" with a regular wooden handle topped with a cylinder filled with metal shavings.

"The difference between our program and other people's programs are that they tell you how to swing, where to put your hands, your feet and things like that," Snyder said. "But the real problem is that you don't have the bat speed."

Snyder's work with players at The Batter's Box resulted in bat-speed improvements beyond the national average tracked by other Bratt's Bats instructors.


Now Nokona, which has purchased the rights to distribute Bratt's Bats, has requested another video with Snyder. This one is due to include major league superstars David Ortiz (Red Sox) and Miguel Cabrerra (Marlins).

I guess check it out if you want to see two players who were blessed with incredible bat speed on the day they were born. And watch them show you how it is done assuming you were given unbelievable hitting talent.

Of course, this will kill any hopes Cabrera had about teaching one to increase their bat speed via the radio.

And yes, I'm old enough to remember when MTV actually played music videos.