Originally Posted by Tony Cloninger
I have had some back and forth with you on hitters like Heisey.....and I know he is frustrating but he is not going to be a pitch tasking fool anytime soon. He is a poor man's Jeff Franceour basically.
I do agree and I had run ins with SteelSD about SO back in 2004-05...... and how Dunn and Griffey could K all they wanted when they can produce like they do... but players like Jason LaRue or Stubbs....with their OK power really, I mean Stubbs can hit what maybe 20 homers a year?? and for that i should be OK with his K's when he wastes a better tool in his speed. If this was Mark Reynolds I would understand but this is Stubbs... a guy who would be a great leadoff hitter like Baker wants....but it is impossible for him to do so beacuse he would rather not choke up with 2 strikes.....and try and make contact which would give a guy with his speed a better chance to get on base. All beacuse of his power?
Stubbs choking up would mean that he takes strikes and swings through pitches with his hands moved away from the knob of the bat. It is a weakness, and I don't think "then choke up, dummy" is going to make much of a difference. He is just not a very good hitter who has enough power to run into one every once in awhile.
In other words, it isn't just something fixable like "approach," its lack of skill, from what I've seen.