On April 17, 2013, IMG Academy broke ground on a world-class, multi-sport complex. A state-of-the-art stadium, opening in August 2013, marks the first phase of expansion.
JR Murphy hit the weight room this winter back home in Bradenton, Fla., with a goal of adding more power to his game. It took about two weeks into the 2013 season for the hard work to pay off.
Murphy muscled out three home runs to set a single-game franchise record in the Double-A Thunder's 15-14 loss at Erie on Thursday night.
BRADENTON, Fla. – The bat, long and thin and dipped in black paint, can’t weigh more than 34 ounces, but it is the name on the barrel – the one printed in gold – that makes the lumber so heavy. Manny Ramirez Jr. smiles as he touches the letters. For 17 years he’s lived with this name and the stares and looks and jokes that come with it until he can do nothing but shake his head. Son of Manny. That’s who he is.
What’s a name anyway?
“I think people might assume unrealistic things for now, but it doesn’t bother me,” he says.
Today, in the company of student-athletes and their families, staff, alumni, professional athletes, sports performance partners, community leaders, and many more, IMG Academy broke ground on a world-class, multi-sport complex. A state-of-the-art stadium, opening in August 2013, marks the first phase of expansion.
The game of baseball is evolving. From helmets to replay, each facet of the game continues to be updated by technology. However, throughout this modernization, the traditional use of wood bats has remained the constant of each era’s norm. Although wood bats may be more expensive, the risks of using metal bats could outweigh the costs.
TRENTON — Two years ago, after he’d returned to Low-A Charleston, J.R. Murphy mentioned the Yankees had been having him work at a few other positions besides his normal spot behind the plate. He’d taken reps at third base and there’d been talk of giving him a whirl in left field.
After two years of hard work, those talks are gone. The coaches throughout the organization, as well as the pitchers he works with, say that his future is unquestionably behind the plate.
BRADENTON -- The resemblance is striking, as you'd expect between father and son.
The immense baseball talent is there, too.
And at the rate Manny Ramirez Jr.'s is going, it won't be long before he's playing professional baseball just like his famous dad did for many notable seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers and a not-so-notable week with the Tampa Bay Rays.
His frame, more slender than burly, isn't the giveaway. Neither is the number on his back, the 44 an appropriate paternal tribute to Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey or Reggie Jackson.
It's when the PA announcer articulates his name to the crowd. Then the expectations naturally soar, like a home run off the bat of his famous father.
Manny Ramirez Jr.? This kid had better be something.
The inaugural IMG National Classic got underway on campus April 1-5, matching up 10 top teams from around the country. IMG Academy went on to win the tournament by a 13-8 margin in the championship game, after overcoming an early deficit against St. John’s College High School out of Chevy Chase, Md. The weeklong event provided a plethora of exciting games and impressive plays.