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Denard Span’s outfield skills make immediate impact for Nationals
When outfielders reach the point where they make those difficult plays look simple, they’re most often described as “gliding” to the ball. The word depicts a seamless running motion, but it’s more indicative of how strong a read an outfielder can get off the bat, which is what Span works on in batting practice and workouts.
Span wouldn’t put himself in the “gliding” category 100 percent of the time just yet, but he knows what it feels like.
“When you get a good read, you feel like you can just walk the ball down,” he said.
Span may not make the highlight reels very often. He probably won’t make you shake your head and wonder how he did something. He understands that, and he’s fine with it.
“[A lot of times those are] misreads,” Span said. “They’re the ones that you probably take two or three steps backward to go forward, not getting the best read. It seems like the ones that you make look easy are the ones that are the hard plays, but you get a good read on them.”
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