Re: Nap's eyes on Centerfield Camera.
posted at 7/28/2013 12:28 PM EDT
In response to donrd4's comment:
In response to dustcover's comment:
In response to MadMc44's comment:
I'm very picky but watch Nap when he swings--especially swings and misses he appears to be looking to CF--he does not watch the ball hit the bat. He has a titanic swing, watch him during his next at bat. If he watches the ball his head and shoulders would be forced to close on the ball and he would be driving the ball to center and right, his natural power alley.
You're absolutely right. His eyes do not follow the ball through contact. He peeks, and when he does, his left shoulder and left side opens up, causing him to often whiff. He has more swings and misses than any hitter that I can remember. He's been doing it all season and I'm convinced that if he would stay down and through the ball, he would make more consistent contact and significantly cut down on his K's. But I fear he has had this swing and penchant for power his entire career and is not about to change. After all, this is what he is being paid for. The Sox knew exactly what they were getting when they signed him.
Easier said then done. This isn't little Joey tossing balls to the plate. Ilike when guys on here know all the fixes to any player who knows way way more then we do.Do you think Sox are sitting back and only wish they knew as much as you do about hitting. Hitting a baseball at close to 95+ mph with only second to react is no easy feat. They are Pros and do make ajustments, just not as easy as you make it out to be. Im convinced you will never lose your day job to become hitting coach. I'm no better then you ,but i do know we don't have a clue .Thats we are watching from the couch.... But if you did coach little joey your not alone. But it's nice to think we have the answers.
Your response is just one of the reasons why those who post their opinions on this forum, like MadMc44 and myself, to engage in a friendly baseball discussion, do so rarely.
"I like when guys on here know all the fixes to any player who knows way more then we do."
Are we not entitled to an opinion?
"Hitting a baseball at close to 95+ mph with only second to react is no easy feat. They are Pros and do make adjustments, just not as easy as you make it out to be."
Never said nor implied that it was.
"I'm convinced you will never lose your day job to become hitting coach."
Total agreement there. The chance of that happening is about even with that of you're being invited into a friendly dialogue of baseball observations.
"I'm no better then you, but i do know we don't have a clue."
That's quite an assertion considering you know next to nothing about me.
"But if you did coach little joey....
A bit condescending wouldn’t you say?
"But it's nice to think we have the answers."
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have all the answers, but I’ll stick to my opinion and concur with MadMc44 that Napoli does not keep his head down and his eye on the ball throughout his swing. In contrast, just recently during the Yankee series, the camera did a close up, slow motion view of one of Cano’s swings and it was a thing of beauty, much like that of Ted Williams so many years ago.
Now I’m not suggesting that Napoli can duplicate nor become the hitter that Cano is, but one can certainly see the difference in the swing pattern. As in golf, one of the earliest tenets in baseball of hitting the ball is to keep your head down, eye on the ball, and swing through the ball. Peeking inevitably results in not making solid contact.
That’s my opinion, and I’m sticking to it. Which opinion, by the way, is supported in "The Art of Hitting" by Tony Gwinn, "The Science of Hitting" by Ted Williams, "Lau’s Laws On Hitting" by Charlie Lau, and "The Louisville Slugger® Complete Book of Hitting Faults and Fixes : How to Detect and Correct the 50 Most Common Mistakes at the Plate" by John Monteleone.