Power hitting isn’t just about the strength of the hitter but more so the successful hand eye coordination combining at the precise moment with the bat and ball at a point of contact equal to catapult the baseball a particular distance. There are several factors that come into play which would contribute to the success of hitting a home run such as wind, fence distance, and whomever the particular outfielder is who is willing to miss the ball and let it bounce off his head and land over the fence (Canseco .
Success in hitting for power though is more determined by bat speed which can only be improved through high numbers of repetitions of swinging a bat the right way. The particular path of the bat has the highest likelihood of contact the quicker the bat is drawn into the hitting zone and once there, the length of time the swing remains on a level path through contact of the ball and beyond. An analysis of the duties of each arm would be of the front arm of the hitter pulling the bat straight down into the strike zone, and secondly with the duties of the back arm to be punching the bat through the strike zone all while leading with the hips the knob of the ball straight toward the path of the ball. The only way to ensure proper hand eye coordination is to make sure that as the hips rotate that front foot strike has happened and been maintained and that the head and eye position has not changed. Please subscribe to this blog for more information and instruction on power hitting success and tips for success.
Jeff Bagwell is in the second year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame. This year Jeff could possibly be elected alongside fellow teammate Craig Biggio. If this happens it will be epic and to my knowledge the first time teammates who spent their entire career with the same team get elected on the same ballot. Jeff Bagwell came to the Astros in one of the worst trade deadlines in Major League history in exchange for Larry Anderson. The time Jeff Bagwell spent in Houston after that was pretty much busy making history. Jeff started his career in Houston by winning the Rookie of the Year and went on to accumulate 449 home runs and sustain a .297 batting average over the rest of his long tenured career in Houston. Even battling an arthritic shoulder where he could barely throw a ball from first base to home plate, Jeff got a hit in the World Series off of Chicago Whitesox closer Bobby Jenks. In an era where talent at first base around the league Jeff stood out for his grind and hustle at first base and his power at the plate. Despite playing a large number of games in the confines of the Astrodome where the outfield fence was very deep, Jeff stood out and was a leader for the Astros for a greater part of the decade of the 90′s. I’m hoping Jeff makes it into the Hall of Fame along side Craig Biggio as it would be epic to have two of the greatest Houston icons represented. He has my vote. Thanks for reading and please share.