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April 3, 2014

What You Need to Know

Derek Norris Finds the Opposite Field

by Daniel Rathman


The Wednesday Takeaway
Back in February, when Athletics pitchers and catchers were settling into the team’s spring training camp in Phoenix, Derek Norris spoke with San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser about the work he put in during the offseason and the changes that he planned to implement this year.

Norris’s list included the customary claims players often make when they report, telling Slusser than he had cut out fast food and junk food, shedding 10 pounds to improve his durability and endurance. More interestingly, though, the 25-year-old said that he had reworked his swing in an effort to hit more balls the other way. Norris attributed his pull-happy ways to his front hip “leaking out” too early in his swing, a flaw that prevented him from taking pitches to right field.

The spray chart below proves that, at least from a results standpoint, Norris wasn’t just whistling Dixie:

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benevento

no love for Cingrani? Guy was awesome last night!

Apr 03, 2014 06:37 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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He sure was! It would've come down to him or the Cubs/Pirates game if I'd included one more Quick Hit.

Apr 03, 2014 06:53 AM
 
Nojsztat

How did Brett Anderson look, beyond his stat line?

Apr 03, 2014 06:58 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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I didn't see much of that game, unfortunately. Anyone else get a good look at Anderson?

Apr 03, 2014 08:03 AM
 
jonjacoby

Not injured, so a step in the right direction.

Apr 03, 2014 08:31 AM
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Nojsztat

HA! I've got an eye on him in a league where we use real salaries and have a hard cap. Otherwise I would've snapped him up already.

Apr 03, 2014 08:41 AM
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danrnelson

Happy Yordano day BP House! Happy Yordano day commenters! Happy Yordano day you wonderful old ballpark and grass!

I know what I'm gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that.

Apr 03, 2014 08:27 AM
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timber

And unfortunately the game was rained out. No Yordano Day until Tuesday.

Apr 03, 2014 10:44 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Sadly, yep.

Apr 03, 2014 11:06 AM
 
danrnelson

I'm so, so, so sad.

Apr 03, 2014 12:00 PM
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oldbopper

Yost's seat wasn't cooled off by letting Butler swing 3-0 with 1 out and runners on 1st and 3rd in the 1st either. Gordon, a good left handed hitter, was on deck and Scherzer was looking for anything he could get over. All the bloggers were all over Yost.

Apr 03, 2014 08:41 AM
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oldbopper

Pedroia's play was All-World but all of us in Red Sox Nation are so accustomed to it by now that we just sit back, enjoy and wonder how anybody can fail to look past statistics and see that he is The Best. Did I forget to mention 4 hits?

Apr 03, 2014 08:47 AM
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randolph3030

I believe you mean ...

" the CHAIR in Yost’s office is a little WOBBLIER than it was just 72 hours ago.

Apr 03, 2014 18:41 PM
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NYYanks826

That 1:39 game has to be the fastest game in, what, 20-30 years? That's incredible!

Apr 03, 2014 23:01 PM
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