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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Carlos Beltran- A quick Study of His Swing

My biggest influences when it comes to understanding what a good swing looks like (and hitting in general) are Jeff Albert and ex-big leaguer Tim Hyers. I work with Tim on a daily basis (He’s my boss, by the way), and the experience I’ve gained by just listening to him talk about hitting has been invaluable. These two really know their stuff.

In the next day or two, I will be coming out with an article that compares Babe Ruth’s swing to Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron’s swing to Alex Rodriguez. Hyers recently did a “voice analysis” of Carlos Beltran’s swing for one of his players, which he graciously shared with me. Even though this was a quick analysis of Beltran’s swing, I thought he excelled at mentioning some of the things you’ll hear me talk about in the Ruth/Aaron/Barry/A-Rod article.

In particular, when it comes to Barry and the Babe, you’ll hear me talk about “scap load” (or loading the hands/shoulder), which Beltran demonstrates here…

Here’s the link to the analysis that Tim put together. It is a six-minute analysis that is better than anything you’ll hear on Baseball Tonight.

Enjoy…

ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: July 31, 2007 at 11:38 PM | 6 comment(s)
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   1. Willie Mayspedes Posted: August 01, 2007 at 06:15 AM (#2465279)
It's amazing how quiet his head is. Same position the whole time.
   2. TakeandRake Posted: August 01, 2007 at 04:42 PM (#2465647)
....He is one of ten best hitters in Major League Baseball.
   3. Win one for Agrippa (haplo53) Posted: August 01, 2007 at 04:48 PM (#2465652)
....He is one of ten best hitters in Major League Baseball.


... named carlos.
   4. TakeandRake Posted: August 01, 2007 at 05:18 PM (#2465693)
Ha. Ouch. I still think he is in the top 10.
   5. ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: August 01, 2007 at 07:37 PM (#2465854)
It's amazing how quiet his head is.

Yeah, excellent point.
   6. JMEnglish Posted: August 01, 2007 at 09:46 PM (#2465999)
I just hope that now that he is on the DL he can finally get healthy...

http://www.americanlegends.blogspot.com/

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