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From Castoff to ‘King Kong’: How J.D. Martinez Became One of MLB’s Most Sought-After Sluggers

J.D. Martinez

J.D. Martinez

Former Nova Southeastern University baseball standout J.D. Martinez is now considered “the King Kong of Slug,” but this didn’t happen overnight. It took him years of practice and hard work to become a baseball superstar.

Greg Brown, Nova Southeastern University’s baseball head coach, said to ESPN, “It was a hands-first kind of swing. “It was a hitch. It was a double load, which is nonconventional. It started and stopped. It’s not what most major league swings look like. A lot of [scouts] were like, ‘Yeah, that ain’t going to work long-term.’ But the issue with J.D. was, how do you deny the success?”


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