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August 17, 2013

Pindar makes himself at home

Star honors OHS graduate as best in baseball; Hughes is top coach

Chris Pindar is a self-described “townie.”

By the spring of 2014, he will have worn the uniforms of the Oneonta High Yellowjackets, the Oneonta Outlaws and the Oneonta State Red Dragons — all in about a nine-month time frame.

When the term “baseball nut” was thrown out to describe him, he accepted in the same manner he secures a routine flyball.

His ultimate goal?

“The dream is to make it to the show — the major leagues,” center fielder Pindar said. “My goal is to make it as far as I possibly can make it. I want to keep playing baseball for as long as I can possibly play it.”

Those who play the game at the highest level leave clues to their success.

Problem is, oftentimes emulating the very best is difficult because they make the very hard appear to be very easy.

A prime example is Pindar. He says the key to hitting a speeding projectile is to relax to the point of not caring.

With fractions of a second to react to a pitched baseball, Pindar has proven with remarkable regularity over the past three high school baseball seasons that his approach works.

Following a senior season that included a single-season school-record seven homers — three coming in his final game — Pindar was named The Daily Star's Player of the Year.

And all of this power from a guy packing about 160 pounds on a 5-foot-8 frame and at home park that doesn't yield many long balls.

“He doesn't waste energy,” said Oneonta High's Joe Hughes, The Daily Star's Coach of the Year for the third straight year and sixth time overall. “He gets ready early and he's balanced. If you do that, you'll have a good chance to succeed. He has really good discipline at the plate. He reads pitches well and a lot of that comes from being balanced. He always seems to be balanced at the plate.”

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