Clint Barmes had the worst start to 2012 in his professional career, which has spanned over parts of eight seasons in the Majors. Every time Barmes stepped to the plate, he was aware of his batting average, which was well below the Mendoza line. He heard boo's from his home crowd after every at-bat. After hitting for just a .170 clip, Barmes and Manager Clint Hurdle decided to take a step back from the game to work on his swing.

What fans didn't see was all the extra work the shortstop put in off the field. And after reconnecting with his swing, Barmes has looked much better at the plate.

“I see his swing better,” Hurdle said. “I do see him getting his swing off. Hitting fastballs. Not chasing as much. Those were the big things that we wanted to address. He’s put a lot of hard work i...

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