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March 17, 2014

Going Yard

The Power in Javier Baez's Swing

by Ryan Parker


Javier Baez has left jaws on the floor and baseballs in critical condition thanks to an electric swing that is as powerful as it is unique. The identifying feature of his swing is a whip of the bat forward during his stride. That inspires many comparisons to fellow bat-waggler Gary Sheffield. On the surface the comparison makes sense as both have a pronounced trigger leading up to elite bat speed. Reality paints a different picture.

Sheffield whips his bat forward using a combination of his forearms and wrists. Watch the angle of his wrists as the bat moves. Sheffield is also wiggling his bat up until his front foot hits the ground. In the immortal words of musical geniuses LMFAO, Sheffield’s bat goes something like wiggle wiggle wiggle yeah (contact).

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