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March 14, 2014 6:00 am

Going Yard: The Many Swings of Chris Davis

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Ryan Parker

Chris Davis' amazing journey is the story of a swing, broken and put back together.

Chris Davis came into the major leagues in 2008 as a highly touted slugger from East Texas who was expected to hit monster home runs in bunches. He hit 17 home runs in a little less than half a season, but the next three seasons were the most frustrating three years of his baseball career. That began a stretch during which his swing was under heavy scrutiny and suffered numerous ill-advised changes. Davis was chosen for this article because the swing changes he made or was encouraged to make are some of the “go-to” changes hitting coaches will push upon their players.

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March 12, 2014 6:00 am

Going Yard: The Science of Swinging

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Ryan Parker

Introducing a new series on the mechanics of hitting.

Let’s cut through the noise. My name is Ryan Parker, and I love the violence and beauty of a baseball swing.

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January 16, 2014 10:19 am

Hot Stove Scouting Report: Clayton Kershaw

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Ryan Parker and Steffan Segui

Dueling reports on the league's best pitcher.

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January 3, 2014 6:18 am

Hot Stove Scouting Report: Grant Balfour

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Ryan Parker

"Every athlete wants to win but Balfour seems hyper-focused on making sure his team snags a W."

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January 2, 2014 6:00 am

Hot Stove Scouting Report: Nelson Cruz

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Ryan Parker

"He will swing through hanging breaking balls and give away at-bats."

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December 18, 2013 6:39 am

Hot Stove Scouting Report: Ervin Santana

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Ryan Parker and Steffan Segui

Dueling reports on perhaps the best free agent starter available.

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December 17, 2013 6:06 am

Hot Stove Scouting Report: Matt Garza

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Ryan Parker

"The best and worst aspect of his mound presence is his intensity."

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"Should always be a .300-plus hitter."

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