The right piece of advice can do marvelous things. Look what it did for Asdrubal Cabrera, the Cleveland Indians' Man of the Year for 2011.

In spring training, veteran second baseman Orlando Cabrera watched Asdrubal Cabrera take batting practice. He saw him drive balls over the fence and to the deepest parts of the practice fields in Goodyear, Ariz.

"Why don't you swing like that during games?" the elder Cabrera asked. The shortstop replied that he was more concerned about making contact and hitting for average. Orlando Cabrera told him to look for his pitch at least once a game and try to drive the ball.

Turned out to be good advice.