Originally Posted by Norm Chortleton
I believe the all-time career and regular-season HR leader would disagree with this.
Exactly. You don't sacrifice power when you choke up. You just increase your bat control. Your hands are closer to the barrel of the bat which let you control it more and hit the barrel more often. You still get the advantage of the added weight of longer bat without sacrificing control. These guys are all strong enough to where they just need to make good contact and it will go far enough. When Phillips was mic'd up against Nationals he started to talking to Bryce Harper about hitting and he said basically he is just trying to get the barrel on it. The rest will take care of itself.
It is more of an ego thing about choking up than anything. Somehow less of a man to do so.