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redsupport
09-03-2006, 07:03 PM
in half the at bats with nationals?

TOBTTReds
09-03-2006, 07:42 PM
I know they have been working with his swing there. Maybe they worked on his patience too. It would be a heck of an adjustment to do that overnight, but you never know what he could be looking for in his AB's now. Maybe something just clicked.

flyer85
09-03-2006, 07:54 PM
well it can't be because he works at it :rolleyes:

BoydsOfSummer
09-03-2006, 08:12 PM
Frank Robinson gave him "the look"?:dunno:

Team Clark
09-03-2006, 08:31 PM
I wold be willing to bet he's afraid to swing. Players go through that. Kearns has hit .202 in the last 30 days. When guys struggle that bad they just lay off everything and end up walking. The, like magic, he'll get a few good ones down the pipe and hit them hard and come out of it.

Ltlabner
09-03-2006, 09:18 PM
Why is he only striking out 5% less often and scoring runs and hitting homers at a slower rate since going to the Nats?

Maybe TC can comment on how much "tinkering" with a players swing actually results in improvements? Does it help more than hurt? Or is a players natural swing 95% of the equation and the coaching the final little bit between success and failure?

Ron Madden
09-03-2006, 10:07 PM
Austin Kearns is a good hitter.

And he will get better.

Team Clark
09-03-2006, 10:25 PM
Why is he only striking out 5% less often, scoring runs and hitting homers at a slower rate since going to the Nats?

Maybe TC can comment on how much "tinkering" with a players swing actually results in improvements? Does it help more than hurt? Or is a players natural swing 95% of the equation and the coaching the final little bit between success and failure?

"Tinkering" is both good and bad. At the AAA and Major League level, tinkering should be MINOR. Adjustments in hand positioning, breaking the plane with your front elbow, keeping your weight on the inner half of your back thigh, how much extension do you have while maintaining bat control, timing your hips and hands, etc... Changing someone's approach can be good too as long as they "stay within themsleves".

Tinkering turns bad when... One or two pieces of your mechanics are aggressively altered. In Austin's case he has an uppercut. He did not have that uppercut when he first came up. His base is solid, he's compact, he has great hand speed and pop. The last seaon or so, AS SOON as his swing starts his back shoulder dips, his front elbow raises and he hits the top 1/3 rd of the ball on an uppercut. By pure strength alone he is able to hit decent pitches. Even with a bad swing you can get knocks off of hanging breaking balls, FB's down the middle or middle away. Hitting low and in, low and away or anything UP is nearly impossible with an uppercut. It just breaks down to the physics of baseball. You may hit a flare or a seeing eye grounder but you may have significant difficulty driving the ball. It is 100% correctable.

I see a lot of players come out of college with "Aluminum Bat" swings. They have a tough time adjusting. Most of them have 500-600 AB's with that swing. When they take BP in Rookie ball they hit balls that used to be HR's right into the OF's gloves. Driving a baseball with a wood bat requires a great deal of skill, strength and timing. Hitting 92 MPH pitches that MOVE is even more ridiculous.

icehole3
09-05-2006, 10:18 AM
Any reason why more hitters dont choke up and use a quick swing instead of swinging from the heels with two stikes on them?

Team Clark
09-05-2006, 02:03 PM
Any reason why more hitters dont choke up and use a quick swing instead of swinging from the heels with two stikes on them?

Base hits = Bad :thumbdown Home Runs = Hot Chicks :thumbup:

flyer85
09-05-2006, 02:07 PM
Base hits = Bad :thumbdown Home Runs = Hot Chicks :thumbup:"chicks dig the long ball"