Having taken the lessons of beginners, Jarred Kelenic of the Mariners is now in a good place

It is very likely that the success of sailors in 2022 will be due to the success of Jared Kelenich.

Jerry Dipota of the Sailors talks about how Jared Kelenik is developing his game

Of course, not everything is on the shoulders of the 22-year-old, but there is no denying that he is a key part of the crime. If he fights, sailors can still survive. But when it thrives, it’s hard to see that the team isn’t taking off.

Although some may see this as pressure, it should be remembered that this is the place where Kelenic has always wanted to be. The trials and tribulations of his newcomer did not alleviate this desire. He wants to be the guy.

He lived and breathed baseball all his life. As a kid, he throws soft baseballs around the living room. Adolescent teenagers went up for training because it was the only time he did homework and practiced after school. Then, after a two-week break late last season to relax with the family, I went back to work because “I wanted to come back after that because there were things I wanted to fix because I demand the best of myself when I join in season.

That’s what he does.

The Kelenic we saw this spring is vastly different from what we saw at the same time last year. He no longer looks over his shoulder to see if the media noticed that he did a home run on the training field. The impudence has been reduced to about 2 on a scale of 1 to 10. It seems this is not because it was downgraded last season. Rather, it is convenient for him. He faced the unknown and was able to properly prepare for what awaits him this year.

This offseason Kelenic has received incredible help from his new agency, linking him to Mark McGuire. They initially sent the video to the man who broke Roger Maris ’long-standing record, but soon McGuire asked the agency to give his number to Kelenik.

“I started calling him. Our conversations turned into two-, three-hour telephone conversations, ”said Kelenich, who still talks to McGuire every day.

Kelenic had dozens of questions to the once-king of home runs in one season and a former MLB striking coach, one in particular being the main one.

“What really captivated you this year?” he said, referring to McGuire’s record season with 70 homers in 1998. “He said that that year he finally learned not to swing as hard as he could, and just let his natural abilities and his strength prevail and let him free himself to raise his hands. And everything he thought about was “nice and easy,” and before you know it, he looked at the scoreboard and made 70 home runs a year. ”

The story echoed in Kelenich.

“I’ve put in so much work in the gym and I’ve become extremely strong and I can’t try to force that,” he said. “I just have to allow all the work I put into the simulator, the power that I have, to allow my abilities to prevail. If I hit the swords incorrectly and they go out on the left field, then I do something right. “

In other words, don’t force it. Easier said than done, especially for a coveted man like Kelenic, but he is taking steps forward to make sure that what was seen many times in bats last year during his struggle has not happened again.

The key to achieving this?

“I’ve learned to be aware when I feel like I’m trying to do more,” he said.

For Kelenic, it’s part of his nature, something he explored this spring, starting with the training field where he got an eye-opening discovery.

“I like to fight off the speed car. Any flaws you find. There will be eight times, 10 in a row, and you just knock the balls. Then suddenly there will be a strip of five where they are not good. I roll over, pinched, whatever it is, and I say, “What?” Then I’ll go out and realize that because I’m hitting 10 in a row, I’m trying to get better, “he said, clapping his hands to emphasize.” Better than that (* clap *), better. It’s human. You can’t be angry with yourself, but as soon as I realize that I can back off and I try to hit it softer, and suddenly, boom – barrel, barrel, and I just take off.

From the training field to the game Kelenich saw the same answer. After hitting in his first battle against Dylan Seas with the White Sox in an early Cactus League game he realized he was preparing too hard for a flamethrower.

“I went back to the dugout and thought, ‘He was throwing 98 miles an hour, and I was trying to swing 198%,'” he reasoned. “I keep a notebook in the dugout and after the bat mouse write what was on my mind, what I think they were trying to do and what I could have done differently. I just got back to it, I tried too hard. I took a step back, and my whole goal of the next at-bit was, “We’ll cut the load and we’ll just let our hands work.” And the next bat, (* slapping *) twice from the wall.

The introduction of off-season practice this spring was a constant revelation for Kelenich, but McGuire’s words seem to have taken root.

“It’s learning to be aware when you’re trying to do too much,” he said, “and to be honest with yourself and be patient with yourself at the same time, because I want to be the guy who comes and has a big hit – that’s what everyone wants . But just be patient, breathe and understand if you’re trying to do too much, that’s what I am.

Kelenich is apparently in a good place. He speaks openly about last year’s fight – he finished with .181 / .265 / .350 slashes, 14 homers and 106 strikeouts to 36 walks in 93 games with sailors – surprisingly not lagging behind him, but rather him.

“Obviously I missed a lot last year,” he said. “I think the best thing about last year is that after a great struggle I found myself on the other side. So I know that no matter what I’m going through moving forward, I’ve found myself on the other side of hell … so I know I can go through everything. I know for a fact that it will never be so huge again, because if it is, it will be up to me, because I did not apply anything that I learned last year. “

Kelenich learns a lot, and this should not be taken for granted. It would have been easy to let the skirmishes and expectations of the snowball, but it broke out of the giant spiral. Kelenic took what should have been a seismically disappointing moment in his life – a difficult season for beginners in a sport in which he rarely failed – and turned it around. He seems to be moving forward and letting go rather than trying to swing 198%.

“One of the things I talked to my mom about was that she asked me, ‘Are you excited about this?’ Yes, I’m very excited and I’d joke, “You know, if this year I reach .182, it’s a step in the right direction” instead of .181. I would just joke because I love tinkering. I try not to take it too seriously. And my mom looked at me, she didn’t laugh, and she says, “You know, Jarred, if this year is going to be like last year, it’s up to you.” And I said, “You know what, you’re right.” Because there were so many valuable lessons that season that I needed to learn because that’s what happened.

“Now I just need to apply it and go play.”

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