Why should baseball players make adjustments?
Let’s start with a story, because stories help people remember things.
Let’s take Jose Bautista for example, he’s not the only one that made a crucial adjustment, but lets just use him as our example.
#3 Jose Bautista’s career changing adjustment
This picture was taken during Joey Batts’ infamous home run and bat flip in game 5 of the ALDS. Now let’s talk about his journey and the adjustments that got him to where he is now.
Between 2004 & 2009 Jose Bautista was traded and moved around and never hit more than 16 home runs in a season. He was never a special player.
When Jose Bautista went from dud to stud hitting 54 home runs when the next highest in the league was 40. He followed this up the next year by hitting 43 in 2011.
So what was the switch? What did he do to as the New York times put it “start putting up Babe Ruth numbers circa 1927.”
His adjustment was to start his swing earlier and easier. He made a conscious decision to relax more and start his leg kick earlier. He was starting so late that in order for him to be on time he had to be quick. Starting earlier and easier helped him to relax his hands and pick up off speed pitches better. Being quick and late with your swing makes you tend to tense up and struggle picking up off-speed.
He had heard coaches tell him this adjustment lots of times during his career but he said it wants until he actually practically made changes and watched video that he was able to make the change.
#2 Hall-of-Fame advice
Check out this video of three great hitters talking hitting and the importance of adjustments in baseball:
#3 A bad plan/approach will always be a bad plan/approach
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That is kind of how hitting without adjustments can be. If you are a young player, and you don’t make adjustments to your approach or swing, you just may drive yourself nuts in this game.
It’s not fair to yourself in a game dictated by numbers to not give yourself the best chance for success every time you step up to the plate. There is no reason to just keep going to the plate with the same plan that has been giving you frustrating results.
Your ability to make adjustments can make or break you in this game. And you’ll have a lot more fun playing this beautiful game if you can do it.
– Author Anonymous (The NCAA doesn’t allow me to disclose which historic baseball program I play for)
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