What is the best kind of swing for Fenway?

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    What is the best kind of swing for Fenway?

    A porch swing?  jk

    Seriously though, Pete Abraham writes:

    For years, the Red Sox have searched for hitters with a swing that could best take advantage of the quirky dimensions at Fenway Park.

    He goes on to discuss Adrian Gonzalez, Mike Napoli, and Manny Ramirez. It made me wonder, what exactly are the qualities that make a swing good for Fenway. Since it's such an assymetrical park, they have to be different qualities for a left handed hitter than for a right handed hitter. So what exactly are we looking for in a batter's swing?

     

     

     
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    Re: What is the best kind of swing for Fenway?

    There's little doubt that Fenway suits a strong RH hitter with somewhat of an uppercut, like Cody Ross or Napoli.  That's home runs over the Monster.  A RH line drive hitter might see some home runs turned into doubles.  An LH hitter who can go the other way like Boggs will also benefit. 

     
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    Re: What is the best kind of swing for Fenway?

    The reverse pivot, punch and Judy, Jitterbug Clown swing.

     
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    "few-peers" profile? Thats a new one. Could you possibly clarify that? seriously, no joke...

     
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    Re: What is the best kind of swing for Fenway?

    naps and dustin big time. maybe even middlebrooks.

     
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    Re: What is the best kind of swing for Fenway?

    In response to softlaw2's comment:

    Good post. Let me attempt to articulate what Peter Ham is too lazy to do.

    A great swing for Fenway is a player who can drive the ball long distances, compared to his peers, to both left , center  and right field. Manny used to be perfit for it, and Ortiz used to be perfect for it. For that type of swing speed and swing skill and talent dynamic, it produces a bunch of doubles the opposite way, and a bunch of homers to the pull side.

    Today, Justin Upton and AGon are good examples. Middlebrooks has the potential, Ellsbury does not. Lowrie does not. S. Drew does not. Napoli is a pull hitter who, if pitched on the outside edge, is strike out city.

    If you have a combo like Manny and Ortiz used to be, or Tex and A-Roid used to be, the best pitching won't be able to get through them 4 times more than a few rare times, without multiple RBI's being produced.

    Individual Starting pitchers every 5 days is overrated, particularly in a venue like Fenway Park, it is the depth and overall quality of the entire pen and starters that makes for a good pitching staff. 

    J. Upton and Agon would have been an outstanding combination for the Red Sox, for many years.

    For now, my hope is that Middlebrooks matures into an all fields power and pop season long "few-peers" priflie. If not, the Red Sox have zero chance to be title contenders if they slip into the playoffs and win their first playoff game in a half a decade and nearly a billion dollars of labor costs spent to get that first playoff win in a long time.

     



    Your first comment described a great hitter for any park. Pretty much a bunch of what you said is true. However you always screw up your own good comments by being negative and including your personal hatred list every time.

    btw saying Agon and Upton like you did says you still wanted them here. FYI if they were the current parts would all be different and maybe a not as good team.

     
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    Re: What is the best kind of swing for Fenway?

    You got the question wrong. The question is "What is the best swing for Fenway Park"??

    Reading comprehension was never softy's strong suit, but then again neither was math, but then again neither was social studies, but then again neither was English, but then again...

     
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    Re: What is the best kind of swing for Fenway?

    What a bunch of useless answers. Apparently nobody knows what it really means.

    The best I can gather from this thread is that:

    (1) a "the best swing for Fenway" means "the swing most likely to generate home runs." So we're not really interested in line-drive hitters, doubles into the gap, triples in the triangle or any of that. It's all about the long ball.

    (2) Uppercut is good. (Because in other parks it's not?)

    (3) RH hitters are a better fit. LH hitters need to be able to "go the other way." 

    So we're looking for RH hitters with an uppercut to generate home runs. Is that it? Is that all it takes to have "the best swing for Fenway?" How is that different from the best swing for any other park?

     
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    Old Napoli, Pedy, Middlebrooks !!

     
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    Re: What is the best kind of swing for Fenway?

    In response to TV-Guy's comment:

    One could ask what is the best swing for Yankee Stadium. It would be a lefthanded pull hitter like Roger Maris. It is a question about the dimensions of the Park.



    One could ask that about Yankee Stadium, but I didn't. I asked about Fenway.

     
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    Re: What is the best kind of swing for Fenway?

    RH hitter - flyball pull hitter...line drive opposite field hitter.  See:  Manny

    LH hitter - inside out pepper the wall.  see:  W. Boggs

     
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    Re: What is the best kind of swing for Fenway?

    A good mix of RH power (like Naps, Manny, C. Ross) to take advantage of the wall. LHH with an "inside out swing", not pure pull guys from the left as they will see a lot of balls die in that big RF/RC field, but LHH that can hit to all fields. Also need hitters like Ellsbury, pedey and Vic that can hit liners in the gaps and have some speed.

    Thats probably the best mix of hitters for Fenway Park...

     

     
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    Cab Calloway.

     
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    Re: What is the best kind of swing for Fenway?

    I'd take a good LH hitter who can hit it to the opposite field or pull it around the pesky poll.  It would be nice to take that bat to Yankee stadium.  

    In a perfect world we would have 2 pure middle of the order bats one a righty one a lefty.  I hope Xander can blossom into one.  Still need a lefty though.  

    Whenever we have discussions like these I can't help but think of the old school Manny Ortiz combo. 

     

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