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Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy puts mind over body in mastering his position
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy puts mind over body in mastering his position

The next time you go to Camden Yards, keep your eye on him, the way he shifts a few feet before every batter to maximize his odds for an easy path to the ball, the way he avoids contorting himself into an awkward throwing position. Try not to be distracted by the 21-year-old to his right, doing a pretty fine Brooks Robinson imitation. This isn't about virtuosity. It's about watching a man apply his mind to a craft so he can do it adeptly play after play, inning after inning, week after week. That's J.J. Hardy. Compare the veteran shortstop to the other Orioles who will start Tuesday's All-Star Game, and you won't find Chris Davis' mythic power or Adam...

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