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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

Going Yard: The Violence of Bryce Harper's Swing

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Ryan Parker

Why the young Nationals star Bryce Harper is about to have a monster year.

Bryce Harper is about to have his best season. His swing is beginning to take shape. The violence is still there, the head-turning bat speed hasn’t left him, but he now has a much more efficient movement pattern. To understand this process, let’s compare his swings from 2012, 2013, and this year’s spring action.

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The future Cub has an unusual swing. He should generate unusually lofty power totals.

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.

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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."

See our introduction to the Hot Stove Scouting Report series here.

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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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