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Re: No stride when hitting. Good or Bad?

Posted by: The Black Hole Lexicographer (Knight1285@aol.com) on Thu Jun 8 09:19:36 2000

Is having no stride (or little) better? Like Nomar Garciaparra, he take little to no stride. I heard that by doing this it s less likely to be fooled by an offspeed pitch because you dont comit urself as early. So i was wondering is this something i should attempt and see if it works or something not to immitate? Please email me if you can and tell me ur opiniond.
> Thanks
> Troy
Dear Troy,
Hitting for Excellence literature clearly argues that the stride is a "timing step." I happen to agree with Hudgens on that issue. Nevertheless, if your hands are in a good position of power, and you do not commit too early, I would recommend keeping the approach.

One reason for finding the stride (or no-stride) that best fits your physio-mechanical needs stems from the fact that you want to be confident that your hitting mechanics are cemented in a solid base. If you watched Sosa last night, he hit a rocket 520 feet, launching them over the centerfield bleachers.

Don Baylor, neverthless, wants Sammy to change to a 30/30 man. If he does, just watch him screw around with his mental composure, and try to "adjust" his hitting mechanics, and the next year he will have the same year Mark McGwire did in 1991.

Hudgens is very accomodating, and works with the hitter to achieve sucess, looking at the macrocosm, and is not likely to force a no-stride approach to change. I have the utmost respect for people like him.

I think the Cubs should ship Don Baylor--and his big mouth--to another team. He should get out of Chicago--the players do not need Sammy's hitting to suffer because of Baylor.

The Black Hole Lexicographer


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