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Each scout would use friends and acquaintances as “bird dogs” to go to smaller high school games to look for prospects. They would all share their notes, sometimes on coffeestained scraps of paper. Now, computerized databases, scouting combines like the Major League Scouting Bureau, international training facilities, and sophisticated measuring techniques take some of the guesswork out of the process. But not all. Personal judgments are still needed. The scouting process is very democratic and open to all.

Jeter admits that he has had games when he prayed that the ball would not be hit to him. When it is, he sometimes has the mentality of a hockey goalie—he just wants to keep the ball from going past him. In Little League and all the way through his baseball career, fielding is the one skill that seems to make Derek less comfortable and less than extraordinary. He is mortal after all. Part of his game does not come naturally. LEARNING IMPORTANT LESSONS EARLY One day Derek came to his father and said he would not be at Little League practice.

The Yankees made it into the postseason but lost in the first round, the American League Division Series, to the Seattle Mariners. It was a disappointment, but Jeter had shown what he could do in pressure situations. Managers remember that. He had a good feeling as he headed into the fateful 1996 season. 5 Living the Dream S pring training for the Yankees in 1996 began on February 20, at a new complex, Legends Field, in Tampa. The Yankees also had a new manager, Joe Torre, who called a team meeting and told everyone that he expected this team to go to the World Series.

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