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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tripping Off the Power: Evan Longoria and the Sudden Decline of a Superstar «

Although it’s not much of a move, I can see how Longoria stands a little taller in the clip. I don’t see the change in hip movement. Does anyone else see it?

“In 2013, his front hip would get well out in front of his body,” Parker said. “This position primes the big muscles in his hips and legs to whip the top half of his body to the ball. In 2015, that angle isn’t as aggressive, so he hasn’t tapped into the same muscles to help power his swing.”

Parker also notes that Longoria “has pushed his hands forward compared to the still behind-his-back shoulder location of his 2013 swing.” In 2013, he says, Longoria “could save the strength in his upper body to drive through the baseball because his legs did all the work early in the swing. In 2015, his legs aren’t helping him drive his swing as much, so he has to push his hands to the ball, which is a less powerful movement pattern.”

In the following GIF of a 2013 Longoria homer, Parker sees the hitter’s hips acting as a hinge, with his shoulders closer to his knees than they are in the subsequent GIF of a 2015 homer, in which Longoria stays upright longer.

To my untrained eye, those differences seem slight, bordering on undetectable. To Parker’s, they’re significant but fixable. It’s possible, though, that any mechanical adjustment Longoria has made is an attempt to compensate for a loss of bat speed, which slows inexorably with age.[Emphasis added]

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
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