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The team has always been Newman’s top priority, something Falmouth field manager Jeff Trundy recognizes as his greatest asset as a player.
“He does things the right way,” Trundy said. “He appreciates an opportunity, works hard every single day to get better, and he appreciates his teammates, respects his teammates. He’s an even better person than he is a player.”
“A lot of people don’t understand how much your team helps you in an award like this,” said Newman, who is the fifth Falmouth player in eight years to win the batting title. “They’re just as responsible as I am. As much of an individual award as this is, they helped out a lot.”
Trundy described Newman’s 2-for-2 performance in the final regular season game as “Newman-esque,” and he is thrilled to see the returning shortstop earn MVP honors as well.
“We knew from watching him on a daily basis just how valuable he is," Trundy said. “But I’m please to know that other teams, other managers, other players look at him the way we look at him because without question he’s been integral to our success.”
Newman hit .375 last summer en route to the batting title improving to this summer’s .380, which only solidifies his consistency at the dish. Inconsistent from the 2013 summer was Newman’s spot in the lineup. This season he found himself in the unfamiliar three-hole instead of his usual two-spot.
“It was definitely interesting at the beginning of the year. I was seeing a lot of different pitching; I wasn’t really used to it.” Newman said. “As the year went on I kind of got more comfortable with what I was seeing and how to hit in the three-spot and now I’m pretty used to it.”
The Wildcat wears No. 2 as a nod to Derek Jeter, a player whom Trundy said Newman reminds him a lot of both on and off the field.
While the MVP honors may have come as a surprise to Newman and the batting title was a down-to-the wire victory, it is his character as a player that makes these titles so deserved.
“He doesn’t want to get away from what works for him,” Trundy said. “He has a routine every day that he comes out here and I think that his performance reflects that. His performance, yes it’s a reflection of his ability, but it’s also a reflection of his personality.”
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