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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Josh Donaldson and John Gibbons were separated after a heated argument in the dugout

Josh Donaldson was not pleased after striking out in the third inning against the Yankees. His tempers boiled over into the dugout, and manager John Gibbons confronted the Blue Jays star.

The incident started when Donaldson threw his bat upon entering the dugout. Gibbons argued with Donaldson about that behavior, but Donaldson wouldn’t back down.

It got to the point that teammates had to step in and pull Donaldson away from his manager. Donaldson also gave catcher Josh Thole a shove while trying to go back at Gibbons.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, john gibbons, josh donaldson

Friday, April 22, 2016

Josh Donaldson not resting on his MVP laurels

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.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, josh donaldson

Thursday, April 14, 2016

From gurus to grainy video, new information age dawns for MLB sluggers

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.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: chris colabello, hitting, hitting philosophies, josh donaldson

 

 

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