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April 3, 2014

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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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