I often say things like, "Wow, you looked just like Joey Votto on that swing." My intention is twofold with that statement, as my intention is to have the player feel good about how they are swinging the bat, or at least to their swing potential, and to suggest they watch MLB players more, and specifically to copy that player's hitting style.
It is easy for coaches and players to get caught up in the power syndrome from watching many highlights showing MLB players hitting home runs. Fans and youth players begin thinking that is what baseball is all about. The home run shown constantly on highlight reels over the years probably has much to do with the state of the game today hit for power, strikeouts are OK in the pursuit of that power. That is a story for another day, but it had me thinking about which are the best MLB players coaches should recommend young players watch and copy their style.
With all that said, there are so many great major league hitters that it is difficult to pick just one. It is important to realize that all of the great hitters do the same things when it comes to the fundamentals, even though they all have their own style, and even though they may appear to be doing different things. A couple of players that come to mind that fit the bill are the Twins' Joe Mauer, who bats from the left side, and right handed batter Paul Konerko of the White Sox.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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