GLENDALE, Ariz. — It took Gavin Sheets a little while to figure out a precise approach over the 22 games he played as White Sox designated hitter during the 2021 season.

But eventually the key component came to him: Coffee, and a lot of it.

“I had to get used to it in the beginning,” Sheets told MLB.com of handling the DH role during a recent interview. “I was getting too involved in breaking down my swing after every at-bat. But then once I realized that coffee was doing the trick for me during the game, it was back and forth between the coffee room and the cage getting ready to go. That was the formula that really worked out for me.

“Some people thought I was crazy. But four cups of coffee a night, I was definitely staying engaged and bouncing around. In the beginning, I was really thinking about too much because I never had DHed that much. I was using iPads, breaking down at-bats, going into the cage, trying to change things.”

Instead of that overthinking, the…



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