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Beckham overcoming growing pains at second

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140658_White_Sox_Tigers_Baseball.jpgGLENDALE, Ariz. - Back in January, Gordon Beckham estimated that "I should be very good by the time we get to June,'' in talking about the transition he was making to second base.
Bench coach Joey Cora is doing everything he can to make sure the second-year player is wrong.
"I feel like I've made some real good strides so far in camp,'' Beckham said Saturday. "Every day I'm working with Joey extra from what infield we're all doing as a team - before and after workouts. It's been a lot of one-on-one work, but [Friday] it was actually me, Joey, Alexei [Ramirez] and Omar [Vizquel].
"I'm getting plenty of reps. I said I would be ready my the end of May, early June just to give myself some leeway, but I'll be ready by the start of the season. Joey is making sure of that.''
That he is. Every day.
Especially when it comes to turning the double play. It's that part of playing second that is really being focused on for obvious reasons.
"It's just the turn on the double play that I need to work on,'' Beckham said. "That's what we've worked on every day the last week. It's about being smooth around the bag, not rushing yourself to make the throw, putting your feet in the right spot to get the ball off quick, not reaching for the ball, letting it come to you.''
Once Beckham gets that part of it down, the sky is the limit for the shortstop turned third baseman turned second baseman.
"It's going to take some time to make the incredible plays that some of the other second basemen make, but I think I can do that,'' he continued. "At some point it's going to happen. I feel real steady over there.''
Don't discount the Vizquel influence, either. In just the Friday session alone with the 11-time Gold Glover, Beckham improved - after he was done being in awe.
"It looked like he had just woken up, fallen out of bed and he was fielding everything clean,'' Beckham said of Vizquel. "He's the best. He's one of the best infielders of all time. He helped me [Friday] just by watching me. He gave me a few tidbits that I need to work on and I agreed with him.''

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BECKHAM WILL HIT ALOT BETTER BEING AT SECOND BASE, WE ALL KNOW HE IS A SHORTSTOP BY TRADE, AND NOW YOU SEE WHY THE WHITE SOX PICKED UP VIZQUEL, HE IS EARNING HIS MONEY BY BEING A TUTOR ON THE FIELD, YOU CAN'T GET THIS TYPE OF EXPERTISE FROM A GUY NOT WEARING A UNIFORM!
BECKHAM IS A WARRIOR AND HE WILL GET THE JOB DONE, HE IS BLESSED WITH ALOT OF TALENT, KENNY WILLIAMS KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING AND THAT IS A GOOD THING, JOEY CORA MAY BE THE NEXT MANAGER FOR THE WHITE SOX, HE IS OZZIE'S RIGHT HAND MAN AND A VERY GOOD ONE!
BECKHAM HAS ALLSTAR WRITTEN ALL OVER HIM!

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