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10-09-2013 04:19 PM #1Plus Member since 11/03 Hall of Fame
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SI : The Swing article about Chris Davis brings questions....
maybe you can answer.
I was in the doctors office and read an article in the August 26th SI magazine that drummed up some questions in my head. The article talks about how when Davis was with the Rangers they wanted him to adopt certain mechanics that would allow him to make more contact. The problem was that it messed with his power. Since coming to the O's he has been able to be more nature and drive that ball which has led to his breakout as a hitter.
So here is the question. I guess Presley played a role in Chris's evolving to the hitter he is today. And while those mechanics work to get power from guys like Davis, Jones, Wieters and Hardy what about a guy like Markakis that is more about hitting for average? Does Presley give those kind of hitters different mechanics and drills to help them?
I know Markakis hit for like a 370 OBP when he came back from injuries in 2012. There probably are drills he uses that Davis doesn't. I would like to hear what Presley has to say about how to help average vs power hitters.
I know this may have been discuss when the article came out but I didn't see it. Here is the article: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...8406/index.htm.
Does anyone know what the O's do for different type hitters?
Last edited by wildcard; 10-09-2013 at 04:21 PM.
10-09-2013 04:22 PM #2
10-09-2013 04:56 PM #3
By his own account, Davis used to do a lot of batting practice and would hit as much as possible. He credits part of his turn around with finding a better pre-game routine which consists of hitting off a tee and aiming for targets. Presley suggested that routine to him according to this Jonah Keri article..
I know Nick has historically done a lot of tee work. There was a segment on O's Extra a few years back where he walked through his routine. I don't remember all of the details but it was more or less basic tee work. He would set the tee up behind his feet to work on going the other way (and move it in and out as well) and used a very thin practice bat to work on squaring up on the ball without the aid of a normal big barreled bat.
I am sure Davis moves the tee around a bit as well to work on pitches in different locations since that is pretty standard when working off a tee. However, I do think it would be fair to say that Nick's routine is more of a contact hitters approach focusing on making solid contact on pitches in all different locations while Davis' routine is more of a power-hitting, drive the ball exercise.
Just my take from the little we know about both guy's routines. Like I said, the impression I have gotten is that each guy has their own routine and they try to structure it around what type of hitter they are, rather than trying to turn them into a different type of hitter altogether.
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10-09-2013 05:28 PM #5Shorebirds
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Crowley was in town one week in like July-aug and Nick got hot for a few days. I really think Crowley helps Nick more than anyone else ever will, but you cant hire a a hitting coach for every player.
10-09-2013 06:18 PM #6
If it matters at all, or is not hijacking the thread, I think this is the exact reason the Orioles don't produce sustainable big league pitchers. Don't try and change guys, try and refine the skills they have.
Hardy is another hitter this happened to.
10-09-2013 07:42 PM #7
Happy 5000th post by the way.
10-09-2013 08:49 PM #8
Just btw the author was interviewing Davis when we were in AZ this year. The SI jinx lives!
10-10-2013 09:39 AM #9Bowie
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10-10-2013 05:00 PM #10Aberdeen
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Markakis would hot for power if he stopped choking up on the bat like Wee Willie Keeler. Not sure what the logic is there, or how being a below average slap hit is appealing. Maybe he thinks it lets him use a bigger bat? I say find an appropriately sized bat, and hit like a man.
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