After ‘two blessings,’ Jeimer preps for 2021

Jeimer Candelario was celebrating becoming a dad last week when he found out he had another reason to celebrate: He had been voted the Tiger of the Year by the Detroit chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. “It was awesome receiving those two blessings,” said Candelario, whose wife

Jeimer Candelario was celebrating becoming a dad last week when he found out he had another reason to celebrate: He had been voted the Tiger of the Year by the Detroit chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

“It was awesome receiving those two blessings,” said Candelario, whose wife Andreina gave birth to their first child, a girl named Alaya, last Thursday in the Dominican Republic.

The baseball blessing was a great reward for a long-awaited breakout season. After batting just .224 in 2018 and .203 in ’19, Candelario entered ’20 fighting to stick on the Tigers’ roster. He ended the season with a .297 average, seven home runs, 29 RBIs, a career-best .872 OPS and a 135 OPS+. His 1.6 wins above replacement per Baseball-Reference were easily the best on the team.

Now, Candelario is already getting to work preparing for next season. After being with his wife for the birth of their daughter, he’s currently in Miami working with his personal hitting instructor on points of improvement, like keeping his head still in his swing so he can see pitches and center them on the barrel of…

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