Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
Its because choking up on the bat doesn't actually make you more likely to make contact. They told us it did back in the 70's in Little League, but the game has evolved since then. It is the same reason players don't use two hands to catch a fly ball anymore -- it doesn't actually help. If it worked teams would use it, but it doesn't so they don't. Its a fallacy.
It helps you hit the barrel more often. The fallacy is that it takes your power away. I suggest people take batting practice both ways. I dont think you will see a bit of difference in distance you hit the ball. You will just see more consistency with hitting ball on good part of bat more often when choking up.
Votto has always choked up as far as I remember it is just more pronounced with two strikes. Bonds always choked up. Quite a few players always do it just isn't the several inches that you would notice it.
And catching a fly ball with two hands does help. How could it hurt? If ball pops out in 1 in 100 times it would be good to have your hand there. Just because MLB players don't do something is a bad reason to say it is a fallacy. They are the best in the world and very comfortable with what they have been doing for 10-15 years. They also have a lot of style in their respective games. Do you really think some of these guys batting stances are the best way for them to start their approach. No, but thats their style. Also not everyone runs out ground balls does that mean it wouldn't help since after all every MLB player doesn't do it.