Re: SHOULD JED LOWRIE CONSIDER JUST HITTING FROM THE RIGHT SIDE?
posted at 6/7/2011 12:45 AM EDT
In Response to Re: SHOULD JED LOWRIE CONSIDER JUST HITTING FROM THE RIGHT SIDE?
[QUOTE]I disagree Notin . Seeing a curve or slider break from UR helmet into the top of the strike zone is best avoided! SW hitters definitely have an edge, and it's hardly an ego thing. Players are platooned for damn good reason.
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I'm not so sure about that.
It's the kind of thing most MLB-caliber players can get away with doing most of their amateur and professional lives, because they outclass everyone else in Little League, high school, etc. possibly right on through the minor leagues.
But the reality is very, very few people are equally coordinated with both hands. And as the level of competition increases, the differences a switch hitter is capable of from either side of the plate get exposed to a greater degree.
This is probably why very, very few switch hitters are equally good from both sides. There are some exceptions, of course.
Personally, I think a lot of them probably would have been better off not switch hitting at all and sticking with their dominant side, and spent more time learning to hit those tougher breaking pitches. Especially those whose dominant side is right-handed, because they bat from their weakness far too often.
This has nothing to do with platooning; it's about knowing your strength and working on it.