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.”
Posted: March 27, 2013 at 04:14 AM | 11 comment(s)
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