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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Justice: Now a Yankee, Vernon Wells looks to show his stripes

I had no idea Jeff Francoeur was now working for the EZ Speech Writers Company. Good luck Jeff!

Wells studied hours of video to compare his swing from the last couple of seasons against his best seasons. He immediately saw the difference.

“You get caught up in hitting home runs and seeing how far you can hit ‘em and your swing changes,” Wells said Tuesday afternoon as he prepared to play his first Spring Training game for the Yankees.

And that was the focus of Wells’ offseason. To shorten his swing. To hit the ball to right field. To stop worrying about home runs.

“It was a time to kind of reflect on a lot of things and digest a lot of things that took place over the last couple of years,” Wells said. “When I saw my contact point over the last couple of years, I was far too out in front. Everything through the course of the offseason was hitting the right side of the cage. Doing that will allow me to still use that field with authority.”

It’s impossible to know if Wells can ever again be what he once was. He’s 34 now and trying to reverse years of bad habits. But he has had a nice Spring Training, hitting .361 for the Angels with a 1.112 OPS. Spring Training statistics can mean almost nothing, but for Wells, they provide a flicker of hope that he still has something left in the tank.

“It’s been over the last four or five years,” Wells said. “You get away with it at times. You get away with it in Toronto, just because if you hit a ball well, it’s going to go out. You start trying to hit fourth and fifth decks instead of just worrying about getting hits. It’s been a learning experience the last couple of years, but I’m glad I went through it. You get a chance to correct some wrongs.

“These last three weeks have been a matter of trying to stay inside the ball and hit the ball hard. It’s just a byproduct of taking good swings and keeping my hands short. You live, and you learn. Now I’ve just got to be consistent with this approach. When I am, I’m a much better player than I have been the last couple of years.”

Repoz Posted: March 27, 2013 at 05:14 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: March 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM (#4397500)
Ha. He's so done it isn't even funny.

If pop-ups on the infield were home runs he'd still be an All-Star. But his bat is slow and he has the yips. He guesses and guesses wrong all the time. So glad he's someone else's problem now.
   2. Shredder Posted: March 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM (#4397557)
When I first saw the headline, I thought the Yankees were also bringing back David Justice.
   3. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: March 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM (#4397613)
Maybe he should show his stripes to a doctor. It could indicate something seriously wrong that's contributed to his inability to play baseball at a professional quality level.
   4. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: March 27, 2013 at 01:10 PM (#4397681)
“You get caught up in hitting home runs and seeing how far you can hit ‘em and your swing changes,” Wells said Tuesday afternoon as he prepared to play his first Spring Training game for the Yankees.

And that was the focus of Wells’ offseason. To shorten his swing. To hit the ball to right field. To stop worrying about home runs.


Predicted batting line: .300/.300/.311
   5. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: March 27, 2013 at 01:13 PM (#4397687)

To hit the ball to right field...

Predicted batting line: .300/.300/.311


In NYS?

.300/.300/.800
   6. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: March 27, 2013 at 01:16 PM (#4397690)
In NYS?

.300/.300/.800


for an OPS+ of 55
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 27, 2013 at 02:32 PM (#4397764)
Hoping to be surprised by a Wells' resurgence. After all, Vernon is in much better shape than Boomer, and he only has to play regularly until Granderson returns. <fingers crossed while invoking the Magic of Pinstripes>
   8. Dale Sams Posted: March 27, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4397791)
invoking the Magic of Pinstripes


There will be, with 100% certainty, at least a week...five or so games...where he will catch fire and a billion people will scream about him shafting the Jays and the Angels. Then the world will return to normal.
   9. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: March 27, 2013 at 03:16 PM (#4397805)
Hoping to be surprised by a Wells' resurgence. After all, Vernon is in much better shape than Boomer, and he only has to play regularly until Granderson returns. <fingers crossed while invoking the Magic of Pinstripes>
Here's what I'm worried about:

Wells has a great two months, hits .330 with 8 or 9 homers. Girardi mixes him into the lineup regularly the rest of the season, and he goes back to normal, but his overall line looks pretty good after the first two months.

The Yankees decide to let Granderson walk and make Wells their every day LF in 2014.
   10. AROM Posted: March 27, 2013 at 04:38 PM (#4397876)
There will be, with 100% certainty, at least a week...five or so games...where he will catch fire and a billion people will scream about him shafting the Jays and the Angels. Then the world will return to normal.


Shafting the Jays? Only if that 5 game hot stretch includes a 4 game series against them. Otherwise, what would Wells have to do to make them regret saving 80 million with the trade? Hit .425 with 75 homers?

For the Angels, all he'd have to do is hit .270/.320/.480 or something like that and a lot of people will think if he could have just done that for 2011-2012, they'd have 1 or 2 more playoff appearances.
   11. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM (#4398150)
Here's what I'm worried about:

Wells has a great two months, hits .330 with 8 or 9 homers. Girardi mixes him into the lineup regularly the rest of the season, and he goes back to normal, but his overall line looks pretty good after the first two months.

The Yankees decide to let Granderson walk and make Wells their every day LF in 2014.


This is like a wet dream for Phil, Jose, Dale, Ray and all the other Sox fans here....

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