What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Berkman is clearly not comfortable hitting from the left side.
I don't believe his right leg is healthy (or just weakened to the point of ineffectiveness) and he is not getting the hip snap and weight shift that he needs to get in order to hit effectively. He is staying back on his left leg and popping stuff up constantly.
From the right side he is doing great, however. He sports an 830 OPS and only a 720 from the left side.
Why not become a 100% right handed batter?
Maybe you say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but I say you damn well better teach him if you want production. The old Lance may be a thing of the past. He may have to become a RH pull hitter instead of your brilliant switch hitting all-field-spraying slugger.
Its all about winning. Lets not get stuck in the past at the expense of the present.
Try it for a weak. Give the right leg a rest. See how you do. And realize that you can go back to the left if you have to. Maybe in the mean time you give your right leg a rest, do some strengthening exercises and come back to it after a while to see where you are.
Hell yes you see what works bc not shit is working now and maybe you hit a gold mine. Retraining the eye shouldn't be impossible.
Try it for a weAk??
Joe, that was some dumb shit you posted.
I like when he bunts, I get a laugh out of it every time, thrown out or not. And hey, baseball is all about laughing, right?
Not sure baseball is about laughing but when you post we all LAUGH at you.
Berkman ahs already said that he has had a tough time keep his front leg straight when hitting from the left side (that's his right leg). It's robbing him of power from that side. Can't hit for shit other than slap hitting if your front side isn't solid. I'd be interested in seeing him try out RHH for a week or two. Even just as a thought experiment because he knows his LHH swing is off.
Not holding my breath for it though. He's a professional hitter and is gonna try to fix it rather than change to RHH and ignore the LHH problems.
Its possible to keep your lead leg straight and locked without shifting your weight to it as is necessary to produce power and a line drive stroke.
I'm not sure its so much keeping it straight as much as needing to shift the weight. Simply because he keeps his front leg locked doesn't mean he is shifting his weight like he needs to. Although the leg lock is necessary to shift the weight it is not the only necessary factor, you also have to actually shift the weight and not be afraid of putting it on the lead leg. From what I have seen he is totally back on his left leg when batting LH, straight right leg or not. And of course he is just going to keep popping shit up doing that.
If it is a mechanical problem fix it, but if it is a strength or pain problem he should just switch to all time RHH. With four surgeries on that lead leg it may have outlived its usefulness or just needs an extended break from the grueling action of the left handed swing which is definitely harder on the knee than running.
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