That's exactly what I dropped in here for. I also mentioned it (what will CC's stance look like) pre-game in last night's game thread. Youtube, MLB.com and ESPN.com don't have anything that I could find. Was his stance more closed or not?
Actually, see below, still open stance, but maybe not quite as exaggerated. He got a hit on a pitch off the plate outside but as Remy pointed out, he could only keep one hand on the bat. Maybe that stance is Tampa Bay vintage CC though. Hope hope hope hope. Editing a bazillion times here, Remy's kind of wrong, CC kept both hands on the bat until the ball was struck and rapidly heading up the middle.
Thanks for that link. I'm not sure I see a different hitter there.
My issue has never really been with the open stance (a batter can start with his back to the pitcher for all I care, as long as he's ready when his timing step lands). His balance last season at the trigger point was all over the place, and that first swing was quite similar. If you see the above, right when his front foot lands, his back is already leaning forward and his ass is dangling out behind his legs. At that point your center of gravity is key, and his is all over the place.
The quality of this one is lower so it's not as visible as I'd like, but here's Gonzo's HR swing last night. Both lefties, both balls outside.
Much better vertical orientation around his center of gravity.
I don't love the pitch Crawford hit as an example because the location of it dictates a bit of a lunge anyway, but I think we've all seen enough Manny Ramirez to know what a well-balanced driving of a low-outside pitch is supposed to look like, and that ain't it.
Edited by JimBoSox9, 17 July 2012 - 02:01 PM.