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New podcast: Kiké Hernández on defensive excellence

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On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Dodgers second baseman Kiké Hernández (@kikehndez), who is off to a great defensive start to 2020. 

Kiké explains about how his work was impacted by the pandemic (0:51) and then ‘talks shop’ on how he covers ground laterally, how playing deep impacts his play, taking pride in his sprinting, which coaches impacted him the most, and the importance of keeping a soft base (2:43). 

Kiké also shares which play he’s most proud of (which can be viewed HERE) (10:18) and what it’s like to play with Mookie Betts playing behind him (11:57). He lists the top defensive players he’s gotten to watch (14:09), shares how many gloves he’s had (15:21), answers whether we’d ever see him catch (15:53), and explains (or didn’t) how he hits Madison Bumgarner so well (16:29). 

To close the show, Mark shares the history of great defensive players from Hernández’s native Puerto Rico (17:42).

Thanks for listening as always. Please rate and review if you can. Stay safe and stay well.