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NFT: What's Your Batting Stance?

Anakim : 6/15/2019 10:49 am
My firm is part of a corporate softball league and we've played a few games already, but I realize I don't have a consistent batting stance. I feel like I've at one point or another used the stances of Piazza, Sheffield, Burnitz, Bagwell (well, for one pitch, at least), Baerga...I think I even tried Mo Vaughn for an at bat. Haha

But yeah, how did you find your batting stance?
Kevin Maas  
robbieballs2003 : 6/15/2019 10:53 am : link
The Shef  
bouchy24 : 6/15/2019 10:58 am : link
Whatever feels comfortable  
Gman11 : 6/15/2019 11:05 am : link
and allows you to swing freely.
I always modeled mine on my hero, Don Mattingly  
Greg from LI : 6/15/2019 11:21 am : link
But I kept my hands lower than he did, though, to gain a little more quickness to the ball since I don't have hands like Donnie did.
comfortable knee bend  
Torrag : 6/15/2019 11:24 am : link
left shoulder slightly inside(I'm a righty), elbow parallel to the ground but comfortable. Breathe freely and Trust your Hands.
Willie Randolph  
Professor Falken : 6/15/2019 11:33 am : link

Think a Right handed Keith Hernandez  
The_Boss : 6/15/2019 12:09 pm : link
Keep the bat far behind my head to eliminate a timing hitch.
Julio Franco  
10thAve : 6/15/2019 12:53 pm : link
Good question. Seriously, probably a variation of Gary Sheffield with less bat movement.
Teufel Shuffle  
Drewcon40 : 6/15/2019 2:05 pm : link
The Strawberry leg kick....

sidenote - These are strictly wiffle ball examples.
The Bernie Williams stance  
beatrixkiddo : 6/15/2019 2:12 pm : link
I went to a baseball camp when I was a kid to This old guy who coached up Bernie on his stance. Really for slow pitch it doesn’t matter though, whatever your comfortable with.
Mo Vaughn  
pjcas18 : 6/15/2019 3:34 pm : link
was a lefty.

Chuck Knoblauch  
kelsto811 : 6/15/2019 3:39 pm : link
It's ugly as sin but enables quick hands
RE: Mo Vaughn  
Anakim : 6/15/2019 3:47 pm : link
In comment 14472858 pjcas18 said:
was a lefty.

Yes, I know. But the whole crowding the plate and leaning over thing can translate to both sides.
You should  
pjcas18 : 6/15/2019 3:50 pm : link
try something like the equivalent of a Happy Gilmore golf swing.
Slightly closed,  
section125 : 6/15/2019 3:55 pm : link
stand tall with bat over the right shoulder, as pitcher goes into the windup, slowly bend at the knees to a slight crouch as a timing mechanism.
Not based on anyone's stance.
I like my feet about shoulder width or a little more.  
Giant John : 6/15/2019 4:51 pm : link
Allows me to step into the ball and generates more power.
Roy White  
Poktown Pete : 6/15/2019 5:16 pm : link
Hands and elbows low.
One other thing to consider  
pjcas18 : 6/15/2019 5:21 pm : link
is if you're talking slow pitch softball, patience is more the key than your baseball batting stance.
RE: The Shef  
adamg : 6/15/2019 5:45 pm : link
In comment 14472687 bouchy24 said:

Absolutely this. I actually liked to switch between Sheffield, Bernie and Jeter. Those were my three guys. Obviously, I'm a Yankees fan.
Doug Flynn with a touch  
madgiantscow009 : 6/15/2019 9:12 pm : link
of Mario Mendoza.
all kidding aside....  
BillKo : 6/15/2019 9:25 pm : link
...I played baseball in HS/college, and the number one thing I try to teach kids now is a baseball swing is two parts.

Step. Swing.

It's two separate actions. Get your front foot down, load, then comes the swing.

Works for baseball, works for softball.

I remember watching Craig Biggio leading off against Greg Maddux. He literally put his foot down, and there's nearly a two second delay, and his bat came thru the zone and he homered. Classic.

Phil Linz..  
rmc3981 : 6/15/2019 11:05 pm : link
RE: The Shef  
Dave in PA : 6/15/2019 11:23 pm : link
In comment 14472687 bouchy24 said:
we have a winner
For me?  
Milton : 6/16/2019 11:38 am : link
It was...
Mickey Rivers - ( New Window )
When my Dad was a kid  
Phil in LA : 6/16/2019 11:46 am : link
he met Ted Williams at the Providence train station. Ted rolled up a magazine and taught my dad how to hit, even though Dad was a right handed hitter. Dad taught me what Ted taught him,
Since you mentioned Ted Williams and its' Fathers Day....  
rmc3981 : 6/16/2019 6:41 pm : link
Funny Ted Williams story...... Don Lee, who pitched in the Major Leagues for about a dozen years with a number of teams and is the son of Thornton Lee, who was a twenty game winner, All Star and once accidentally hit Babe Ruth in the knee, almost ending Ruth's career and beat the Ruth-Gehrig Yankees three times in one season. Thornton and Ted Williams were good friends who fly fish in the off season often. Don, as a habit, prior to starting a game would call his dad the night before the game and they would go through the oppositions lineup and Thornton would discuss how to pitch certain hitters.

Don, in his first year in the Majors is getting ready to start a game in Fenway against Ted Williams and the Red Sox. Ted is in his last year. Don calls his father the night before, and his father says, when discussing how to pitch Williams: "throw him only junk down and away and if you have to walk him every time, walk him but DO NOT throw him fastballs and definitely not inside". Williams gets up for the first time and Don, not listening to a thing his dad told him, proceeds to throw Williams three straight fastballs on the inside of the plate and Williams, who never takes the bat off his shoulders, strikes out on three pitches, Don noticing that Williams is visibly angered as he goes back to the dugout.

In the fourth inning, Williams is up again and Don figures he's going to continue to ignore his dads advice and throw fastballs inside. With the first fastball, Ted Williams parks it in the right field stands for a long home run and as he's rounding first base, he points at Don and says "I've hit a home run off of your old man, and now I've hit one off of you, YOU MOTHERFUCKER!!!" True story from the mouth of my patient Don Lee....Happy Fathers Day to every dad out there.

John Kruk  
mattlawson : 6/16/2019 8:04 pm : link
Oscar Gamble / Mickey Rivers...  
x meadowlander : 6/17/2019 9:29 am : link
...twirling the bat between swings and while digging in at the plate, hunched stance.

Idolized those guys, for me, late 70's Yanks were and always will be MY team.
Mike in Long Beach : 6/17/2019 11:27 am : link
Don't copy this stance...  
BamaBlue : 6/17/2019 12:38 pm : link
weirdest baseball stance in my many decades as a baseball fan...

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