Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, and Joe Mauer. How's that for the holy triumvirate of baseball? These three guys are collectively having one of the most notable seasons in baseball history, and we're fortunate enough to have them as the endorsement team for our SKLZ baseball training aids.
Of course, it's not exactly a coincidence that these guys are in the mix for us, nor that they're at the pinnacle of the MLB. Why? Because their commitment to excellence is reflected in their well-documented training regimens and passion for the game.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Jeter became the all-time hit leader for the Yankees, eclipsing Lou Gehrig's amazing record of 2,721 career hits. Team owner George Steinbrenner said, "For those who say today's game can't produce legendary players, I have two words: Derek Jeter. Game in and game out he just produces... As historic and significant as becoming the Yankees' all-time hit leader is, the accomplishment is all the more impressive because Derek is one of the finest young men playing the game today."
Amen to that. In the experience I've personally had with Derek, I'd have to say that he's one of the most professional, genuine, and admirable athletes I've ever been around. And he's well known for being one of the hardest workers in the league.
Meanwhile, Pujols is having an unbelievable year, an almost-certain shoe-in for National League MVP honors. (Pujols is the best NL player, period - MLB - Yahoo! Sports) Albert leads the league in home runs (47), on-base percentage (.446), and slugging percentage (.670). He's second in batting average (.328) to Hanley Ramirez, and third in RBIs (132) behind Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard, who are tied at the top. Not to mention fantastic defensive play.
Albert mixes an incredible work ethic with raw talent and a whole lot of faith to put him in position as the top dog in the league, and is well-deserving of being the league MVP for the second year in a row. Plus, he puts heart and soul into his Pujols Family Foundation. We're pulling for him on the voting.
And let's not forget Mauer, who's looking to earn his second American League batting title in the three years. Hitting with an impressive .367 batting average, Joe is quietly and consistently making it happen at the plate, and continuing to etch his name in history as perhaps the best hitting catcher of all time. (He also has 28 home runs, which puts him in the top 15 in the league.)
Joe has a great work ethic and even brought a training aid into our line-the gravity-drop QuickSwing batting trainer, which he trained with throughout his baseball career.
As their teams head into the playoffs (Yankees and Cardinals winning their divisions), we wish all of our players the best. These guys truly deserve it.