Re: Phipps -- say what?
Far be it from me to suggest that it may be as simple as the guy finally found confidence in his abilities and got comfortable at the plate. I have stated prior, I know he was spending additional time with Ryan Jackson in Carolina at one point to improve his plate appearances. Maybe Jackson suggested a little something that made the difference, be it through mechanics or a change to the mental approach.
You would think some 'ace' reporter would have posed this question to him by now. I haven't seen such an interview.