“There have been so many things as hitters we’ve been taught, that I believe are incorrect.” Toronto Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson to Mark DeRosa on MLB Central
A few weeks ago on MLB Network Mark DeRosa spent some time with Blue Jays third baseman Jose Donaldson to discuss his Major League career and the evolution of his swing.
Donaldson talks about how he went to work on his swing and how he adopted new way of approaching hitting.
One of my favorite parts of the video is when Donaldson says “I’m not a big guy who uses one hand, top hand, bottom hand. The hands are done! A lot of guys are hand dominant because that’s all they know.”
Earlier this year, I was having lunch with a member of the MLB Network team and mentioned to him that I never really ever talk about the hands with my players. We talk about using our body and that the bat is an extension of our arms/shoulders working together. So many hitters struggle with being dominantly thinking about their hands.
At the end of the video Donaldson says, “What I say is not the end all, be all..but its something different.. you need to be able to stimulate your mind and understand what you’re doing and have a reason why you’re doing something.”
This is great advice. Just like the The Hitting Vault. It isn’t the end all be all but I guarantee it will make you a better hitter and help you on your journey.
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