Josh Donaldson Newsbeat
Friday, April 22, 2016
Blue Jays fans and fantasy aficionados can take comfort in the knowledge that Donaldson has no plans to jog out a groundball or mail in an at-bat any time soon. With the exception of punching slabs of meat, he has done everything in his power to prepare himself for the seasonal grind.
“They call this sport Groundhog Day every day, but it’s only gonna be Groundhog Day if you have that perception,” Donaldson says. “I feel very fortunate to be in the position I’m in. I don’t want somebody to ever say, ‘You’re taking this for granted, or not respecting this,’ because I do.
“If I go out there and say, ‘OK, I’m taking it easy today,’ I would be doing a disservice to my team, to myself, to the game of baseball and the people who came before me.”
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
Thursday, April 14, 2016
The number of tools to help players today really is amazing
While wary of oversimplifying what can be an extremely complex process, Tewksbary stresses three elements: Swing plane, depth of swing, and path of swing. A batter’s goal: A launch angle of 10 to 15 degrees, which he believes is ideal for making hard contact and elevating the ball.
With the advent of Statcast, major leaguers are able to easily track exit velocity and launch angle, providing immediate validation.
Some of Tewksbary’s concepts, however, run head-on into what many hitters are taught for years: To swing down at the ball, to stay short to the ball, and in some cases to leave untapped power on the table.
“It means that everything you think you know about hitting might not be true,” says Tewksbary. “It’s hard to be open minded.”
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
His early years were drenched in violence that no little one should ever have to witness.
“I’m not going to get too colourful with it. But it wasn’t pretty. The best way I can describe it is I can still remember things from when I was from three to five years old that are very vivid in my mind to this day. And it’s not something I would want anybody else to go through.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
I would think at least one of these judgments will be wrong.
For Donaldson, the Toronto Blue Jays are paying for an expected increase due to his MVP season this season, but in the case of the other three players, the teams are paying more in case of an even further breakout for these players. The teams did not receive the typical discount given for two-year contracts, and the only way the team ends up ahead is with an MVP-like season. Given the caliber of these players and the salaries they’re receiving, the team is unlikely to end up behind with these contracts, but they are a departure from the deals that have been made over the past few years.
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