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Saturday, March 08, 2014

Lee: Initial B.J. Upton swing observations

B.J. Upton’s swing has changed some, but whether it’s the dramatic difference he needs remains to be seen.

Upton’s 2013 was a perfect storm of bad habits rolled into a swing that was all arms and generated no lower-body help. It led to slow bat speed, whiffing through velocity and not being able to drive anything up the middle.

I wrote in October that Upton’s 2013 swing had little load, a very slow trigger, a stiff front side and no lower-body torque. He didn’t generate any momentum to the ball, didn’t rotate to it, and his body went toward home plate instead.

Rickey! is not your black American woman friend Posted: March 08, 2014 at 10:35 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bad contracts, bj upton, braves, mechanics, scouting

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   1. Rickey! is not your black American woman friend Posted: March 08, 2014 at 01:53 PM (#4668293)
*actual baseball post*
   2. Lassus Posted: March 08, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4668301)
Which you ruined by putting your own post in the sidebar yourself.

"I can feel myself using my legs now," Upton said. "I'm basically just sitting on my legs more, if you can think of it that way. If I use my lower half, everything corrects itself."
I hear his swing is in the best shape of its life.

The author seems less optimistic:
The third problem with 2014 is his load and trigger. His trigger is a considerable bat waggle that seems to get longer and slower. It might come across as a timing mechanism, but it kills bat speed and reaction time. His old trigger was much simpler, and he dropped his hands to the ball so much sooner back then.
   3. spike Posted: March 08, 2014 at 02:17 PM (#4668310)
Guh. I am beyond tea leaf reading on this guy now. Uggla is probably done forever, but I have to hope BJ can regain at least some of his form.
   4. Rickey! is not your black American woman friend Posted: March 08, 2014 at 05:08 PM (#4668366)
I was just pointing out that there was an actual baseball post about the nitty gritty of a major leaguer's swing mechanics to be discussed if folks who complain about all of the off-topic babbling wanted to discuss actual baseball, Lassus.

Spike, I agree, but this article doesn't give me a lot of hope about Upton's 2014.

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