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The first question you may want to ask is: why does it matter who the best pound for pound hitters are?  After all, front offices don't pay hitters by the pound, and all that matters is what a hitter can produce at the plate, whether he weighs 180 lbs or 250 lbs.  Baseball isn't boxing.  Weight doesn't matter.  But it does if you are trying to filter out for mechanics.  Let me explain.  If two hitters produce the exact same statistics at the plate but one weighs fifty pounds less than the other, then the lighter hitter is much more likely to...

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  I finally finished the video that I believe, in many ways, was the purpose of embarking on my journey to understand the swing in the first place more than twenty years ago.  I always wanted a simple way to relay the feeling of a great swing to someone.   I had tried writing books but it left people with too many questions.  It's hard to convey the feeling and look of movements in books.  So I taught myself a little video editing and spent many hours contemplating what a video would look like if it was going to be effective...

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"Keep your hands inside the ball!" How many hitters' swings have been ruined by this teaching? It's really the basis for the entire paradigm under which kids are taught to swing today, and for the past 60 years.  It's not like the sandlot days.  Now we put kids through a system and churn out cookie cutter swings like a factory, and yet nobody checked to make sure the swings we are teaching are actually working better.  From my vantage point, they are not. This is more than just a cry to teach our kids a better swing.  If what I'm...

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The feel that Babe Ruth felt through the swing I think was like no other hitter ever - the slot position he felt, the early entry of the barrel into the zone, it was all so beautiful. It's popular to say Ruth couldn't produce in today's game. That's comical to me. Ruth would probably dominate even more than he did. Because now he wouldn't be competing with hitters who also came from the sandlots.  Instead, he'd be competing against guys with swings developed from swinging plastic as a kid, and hitting off of pitching machines a few times a week. ...

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Getting the barrel out into the zone early on is extremely important.  The above drill is great for teaching kids how to do it without making them think too much and ending up with a clunky, machine-like swing.  I love drills that get the player to figure it out on there own, and that's what this one does. If you're coaching players, just give them the rules of the drill - the ball has to be moved back toward the catcher about ten inches - then they have to hit the ball up the middle.  Try to get them to hit the...

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