Originally Posted by vaticanplum
Can a baseball coach-y type person tell me why "taking bad routes to the ball" is something that can't be corrected and almost eliminated with training? I've never understood this. Always seemed like something that could be fixed with a ton of practice and good coaching. Freel I get, due to his being a (lovable) impetuous jittery blockhead, but that can't be true for everybody. Certainly doesn't strike me as true of Choo (heh).
A lot of its natural. Seeing the ball off the bat and being able to break automatically. Some people have to hesitate for a split second in order to pick up the flight of the ball. Others can pick it up that split second sooner and get a better jump. When chasing a ball in the gap our cutting a ball off before it gets past you, that extra step or half step can make a world of difference.
I remember when Andruw Jones was in his prime. He was able to get such a great jump that he played a very shallow CF. He could go back on a ball and get it but it also enabled him to get to many sinking line drives that normally would end up as hits.