Balance is key, so a batting stance should be neither too wide nor too narrow. The bucket refers to the outside line of the batter's box. © 2004-2020 BaseballEgg.com, All rights reserved. By the time his book “The Art of Hitting .300” was published in 1980, Charley Lau had cultivated a cult following that adopted his strategies on hitting a baseball. It’s been more than a century since Babe Ruth took his first swing in the big leagues. Fans found it bizarre but imitated it. In the 1970s that changed. If I'm not mistaken, didn't Mark Mcgwire have a pretty weird batting stance also? Now take your front foot and place it five-to-seven inches toward the pitcher. 2) He held his hands one to three inches apart on the bat handle. What did Cap Anson’s batting stance look like? A smart player, Henderson realized with his speed that if he could get on base he could take control of the game. As a result, Rickey walked 2,190 times, setting a record (later topped by Barry Bonds). Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports. Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on Seattle Mariners and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. Only wrestlers and the President have more grandiose entrances. Craig Counsell may hold the record for the most ugly batting stance in baseball history. On August 30, the Sox acquired veteran lefthander Larry Andersen from the Astros. When the pitch arrived, he’d pull his arms into hitting position and uncoil his body as he stepped into the baseball. Here’s a video of Ryness doing many of his batting stance imitations: While other stars have changed their stances in mid-career (Pete Rose and Rod Carew come to mind), it’s usually because of some revolution in hitting science. Seymour adopted a stance that placed him deep in the box while leaning on his front (right) foot, placing most of his weight on the front leg. Sadaharu Oh was a physical match for Ott, built almost identical, and also a left-handed hitter. The body twitching was just an opening act for his glove work. It was the fourth time he’d hit over .400 in six years. 3) He kept his feet pretty close together, less than a foot apart. People suffering from OCD–and by the look of reality TV that means most of us–found their hero in Nomar. Bagwell went on to a Hall of Fame career for the Astros, and the trade remains one of the most lopsided in history. He pulled his upper body back in a closed fashion, but that was only part of the strangeness. If there was ever a batting stance that deserved imitation it was the one used by Ty Cobb. The answer is probably talent. I think the saddest thing about Craig’s giraffe-like stance is that it wasn’t even effective. Most notable was Kansas City third baseman George Brett, who hit .390 the year the book came out, the highest average since Ted Williams in 1941. Baseball allows any sort of crazy dance or superstition as long as you get the job done. 5. Clearly, the unorthodox methods used by Ott, Oh, and Ichiro, all left-handed hitters, didn’t halt their assault on the record books. At the time of the trade, Bagwell was tearing up the minor leagues, but he wasn’t hitting home runs. It took a player thousands of miles from the U.S. to popularize the stance, and when he perfected it, he inspired an entire country to copy his style. It’s their one moment to stand apart from the team and strut. Batting Stance Guy Strikes Again, at the Movies - Bats Blog - NYTimes.com says: June 26, 2009 at 10:05 am Having cataloged on homemade video the starting lineups and former stars of all 30 major league teams, Ryness’s latest montage sends up the ballplayers of the big screen. So why didn’t more players try it? Ken Williams of the St. Louis Browns — like the Babe a left-handed hitter — used Ruth’s stance for a few years with success, but then returned to his favored style. By 1983, his final big league season, Yaz had tried several variations, including a very closed stance and a version where he held the bat flatter near his shoulder (perhaps influenced by the teachings of Charley Lau). The weirdness in batting stances has exploded since the age of Wockenfuss and other random oddballs. “The Batting Stance Guy” was born; soon after, he posted an online video of every MLB team’s top stances (check YouTube and type: Batting Stances: “team … It was a stance made even more famous when Cal Ripken tried it out, but Tettleton was the player who made lazy bat handling famous. He stepped into the batters’ box for the first time when he was only 17 years old, and he took his last swings when he was 38. In 1990 the Red Sox were trying to win the division title and needed bullpen help. What did they have in common? Yet somehow he maintained balance. Here are the five weirdos who reinvented the batting stance. My favorite Batista incarnation was when he was a Montreal Expo. For more great content, head on over to Bro Jackson and check out Ben’s work. The batting stance is the position that we get ourselves into as the bowler is running in to bowl, and any movements that occur just before the bowler has released the ball. As a result of rules that favored the batter, hitters didn’t worry about having to make contact. 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We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. Few pitchers could make the baseball curve. The southpaw pitched brilliantly for Boston down the stretch and the Sox edged Toronto for the division crown. FULLSCREEN. You gotta have your own flavor. Downing was inducted into the Angels Hall of … The cost of that division title? This was the stance Yaz used in 1967 when he won the Triple Crown while leading the Red Sox to the pennant. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. On the field, Ott looked like nothing special, and off the diamond he didn’t seem any different than the average man on the street. By 1974 Yaz settled on an odd stance that saw him leaning dramatically forward on his right leg toward the pitcher. The A’s tried him for a year until they too got rid of his “crazy ideas.”. Lau was a catcher in the Detroit organization in the 1950s when he realized his approach to hitting wasn’t working. Breaking down great batting stances from the 1980s. His swing perfectly matched the bizarre vibe at that aging stadium. He hit four more home runs in the World Series, helping the Giants to a title in 1933 when he clubbed a pair of homers and had seven hits in five games in the Fall Classic. He previously worked at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and for Major League Baseball. The bat floated above to add height. Without further ado, the very official, thoroughly researched ranking of the 15 most imitated baseball batting stances in backyards across America since 1975. He won his first batting title the following year. Rarely is the open setup the solution to their hitting woes. Hitters adjusted their approach and that meant, in part, that they needed to be comfortable. He’s still almost universally considered the greatest baseball player in history. Some people in the Red Sox organization predicted he would never hit for enough power to be successful in Fenway Park. As he got older the bat waggle grew in concert with his gold necklaces until both weighed him down. Johnny Damon’s stance could have been called “The Shake & Wiggle” because he wiggled his bat behind his head and shook his body back and forth, faster and faster as the pitcher began his delivery. If there’s a baseball bat around it’s hard to resist picking it up and taking a stance. Please don’t smash me. This one is second most common, and is usually from a result of having some problems with the square stance. Most of them stood erect in the box and faced the pitcher with both eyes and held their bats near where they wanted a pitch to be placed. He might be the only Hall of Famer to be discarded because he had a funny batting stance. There were guys hitting over .400 nearly every year before 1900. As late as 1882 the pitcher could not release a pitch from above his hips. A Double-A prospect named Jeff Bagwell, the lone player sent to Houston for Andersen. The video below shows Ott taking several swings with his unique leg kick. But previous hitters had never lifted their leg as high as Ott. He swung at so many first pitches because it was exhausting to keep that whole routine going. If great enough it can end up as a player’s calling card long after they have left the diamond. Batting stances are unique to each hitter. Cobb held his hands low so he could easily get them into position to bunt or slap the ball in any direction. In other words, the toe line of an open stance will be aimed at the left of the target. Rose’s stance was intended to give pitchers a smaller strike zone to throw to, and it gave Rose a short, compact, energy-efficient swing. In ’04 he broke the major league record for hits in a season when he piled up an incredible 262. Her stance is only open about 2", but just that little bit has made a huge differnce. This article is about the history of batting stances and the players who had famous stances. The righthanded hitter crouched so low and so dramatically that his backside looked as if he was sitting in a kitchen chair. Of course the Hulk eventually changes back into a normal man, but Juan had until his next cycle ran out before that was a problem. Mike Schmidt used to wiggled his front hip in the batters’ box in what he called “his dance with the pitcher.” Eric Davis wagged his fingers and rotated the bat as he waited for the pitch. The most peculiar stance that I've ever seen, but it worked. Tony Batista. When I mentioned this column to people I was surprised by the amount of Tettleton love out there. Can’t blame them much for that. Upon witnessing Rose run to first base after a walk, Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford called Pete “Charlie Hustle.”. Dan is the author of three books on baseball. In a way, like snowflakes, no two are exactly the same. Throug the years there have been players with strange batting stances. The batter no longer had a great advantage and pitchers were becoming sophisticated with their pitching repertoires. She is getting more distance and more balls are hit flush. He stood with his feet close together so he could quickly shuffle them into either direction depending on where he wanted to hit the ball. He had more than 4,000 hits and he didn’t get them by swinging a bat with his hands apart. It was copied by many other big leaguers, even hitters who were known for their power. It worked pretty damn well: Musial won seven batting titles. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. But can anyone tell you what his batting stance was like? He was a beast in the post-season. He won the MVP award in ’80 and a third batting title ten years later. His front hip was pulled in, and his front shoulder was closed to the pitcher as much as anyone had ever seen. A few hitters had unusual stances. The man never seemed to have gloves that fit. Until he tumbled over Niagara Falls after drinking one too many, Big Ed hit for great power and his style was copied by many sluggers. Many baseball fans have a favorite stance. A statue at Busch Stadium in St. Louis shows the Hall of Famer in his famous batting stance. When he swung he uncoiled and propelled himself toward the baseline. Lau hit .276 for the balance of his career, almost a 100-point improvement over his previous mark. He reached 3,000 hits and is one of the greatest third basemen to ever play the game. It was a batting practice fastball league. Carew had one of the most unconventional batting stances the game has ever seen, specifically because of the way he held his bat. Oh never played in the U.S., his only cracks at big league pitching came in exhibition home run derbies against Hank Aaron, but in 2001, batting star Ichiro Suzuki became the first Japanese position player to sign a contract in Major League Baseball. 4) Cobb crouched over at the waist, but did not bend his legs, it was like he was reaching over to get something on the other side of the table. A small handful of players stooped to help themselves over the years, most famously catcher Stan Lopata in the 1950s on the advice of Rogers Hornsby. He was a competent player, but his batting stance left you worried he’d taken too many Ambien the night before. Ott was famous for it, but few players followed his suit. It worked well: Charlie Hustle had a 44-game hitting streak in 1978 and seven years later he broke Cobb’s all-time hit record, a mark that may never be topped. Why did the Sox part with Bagwell? Required fields are marked *. For a while no one kept track of them. Ala Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, “Stan The Man” kept his feet close together, but he tucked himself back into a closed configuration. A select few did attempt to use the Babe’s stance: teammate Bob Meusel tried it for nearly a full season. For a ballplayer the search for a batting stance is a kind of search for athletic identity. 4 Craig Counsell I’m also very afraid of him, so let me state what a quality career he had. It’s the same approach to take in the wild when confronted with predators. The baseball was being thrown harder than ever before: it was moving, dipping and diving. (Ichiro Suzuki later used the same approach with his feet in the batters’ box.) But eventually, a few smart folks inside the game noticed that some players got more walks than others. Sports Quiz / MLB Batting stances Random Sports or Baseball Quiz Can you name the these MLB Batting stances? They include “The DeCinces”, “The ’90s Hand Flutter”, “The 1991 MVP”, “The Dojo”, and my personal favorite, “The Violin.” Ripken also notably mimicked other stances, including those of teammate Mickey Tettleton and the bizarre John Wockenfuss contortion stance. The majority of hitters (including most pros), need to have a smaller stance and use it to create some weight transfer with their body in order to put a good amount of force into the ball. Also, let’s clarify something: Cobb did not swing the bat with the split-grip. he started as a pitcher but he converted to the outfield in mid-career. He took standing on your toes all the way to a World Series. That’s #4. Your email address will not be published. As a young Cincinnati Red in the 1960s, Rose’s batting stance reflected the “old times.” He stood fairly straight up with his bat out in front of his chest, ready to whip it through the strike zone. Oh hit 868 home runs in his career, setting a world record. He seemed like a pot on the stove coming to boil. Strawberry was known for having one of the prettiest swings in the game, and his leg kick helped him generate his signature power. Realizing the importance of these tactics, and aware that he was not physically gifted enough to do them strictly through athletic prowess, in 1962 Lau started using a batting stance that was designed to help him get the bat into the hitting zone quicker. It wasn’t until the 1890s that individualized batting stances became common, after the pitcher was allowed to throw from a uniform elevated mound. Even though pitchers were standing much closer to the plate (45 feet in some cases), the rules favored the hitter because pitchers couldn’t and didn’t throw the ball hard, and their tosses were meant to be reasonable offerings. From this position, a batsman has a good access to a straight ball and can usually play straight and the ball goes through the onside very well with front and back foot drives. Milt May stretched the bat two to three feet above his head as he waited in the box, almost as if he was raising a broom to the rafters. It’s worth mentioning another player who was known for a dramatic leg kick: Darryl Strawberry, who hit more than 300 home runs. But Counsell is remembered by many for his peculiar batting form. While your batting stance is important when it comes to batting effectively, the most important aspects of your stance are comfort, balance and vision. The Ichiro playing on the Yankees is just a copy of the original master cut. Both played a long time (more than 3,000 games each), which gave them lots of trips to the plate to fiddle. Fletcher, Galan, Cullenbine, and Bishop all employed very low, crouching batting stances. It was an era when newsreels, radio and newspapers began sharing space with TV. But there were also taller guys like Elbie Fletcher, Augie Galan, and Tennessee Roy Cullenbine who consistently ranked near the top in walks. Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a comprehensive chart of ballplayer batting stances. It is important for your weight to be on your back foot, with your front foot planted, so you can get your whole body behind your swing. 34 of the best batting stances in baseball history. Tony Batista stood facing the pitcher in an extreme open stance, then he’d swing his arms and the bat toward home plate as if he was placing something on a table. Only one of those things was unusual. Walks were extremely rare and not encouraged. There were four notable things about Cobb’s stance: 1) He kept his hands very low, below his waist, tilting the bat toward the catcher on a 45 degree angle. This afternoon is her first TB parctice since the change, hopefully she hits today like she has the last few batting practices with me. In 1876, the year the National League conformed by playing under the same rules, a man named Ross Barnes hit .429. Players had twitched the bat before, but he waggled the bat so hard it danced in front of his helmet lip. It wasn’t solely because they were great hitters and were getting pitched around: these hitters were drawing walks because they had a good eye. In order to position yourself properly for an open stance … Anyone who has ever stood in the box to hit in professional baseball has had a batting stance, but most of them have been forgettable. Kevin Pietersen: Another modern-day batting great, Pietersen too had an unusual batting stance and … Major League Baseball Player Batting Stances Chart. Contact was a given, missing a ball was unusual. Weight shift is one thing, but actually lifting the lead leg and holding it while in a batting stance has been unusual. (How refreshing). Rickey Henderson developed his batting stance independent of any outside influence. It’s possible that Rose’s stance (the “Crouching C” stance that he used during the heyday of the Big Red Machine and for the remainder of his career) is the most imitated in history. Before a hitter goes into the “heel down” position, their style is unlikely to have a negative impact on their hitting success. Ichiro employed a stance where he pointed his bat out at the pitcher prior to the pith, pinched his legs close together, and lifted his front leg as he prepared to swing, influenced slightly by Oh. Little fellas like Maxie Bishop and Eddie Stanky drew walks, so that made sense. Fawad Alam's unusual open batting stance finally proved to be beneficial for the 35-year-old as he smashed an impressive hundred in an unofficial four-day tour game against New Zealand A. Unit number thirty plan high fly ball deep left field that ball is way back home run. he's always had one of the more unique stances at the plate fielder lays into one deep right center field. Batista was the Usher of open stance batting. Morgan used the tactic to remind himself to keep his hands back. Rather than try to explain it, here’s a photo: Tony Batista had an extreme stance, and we’ll share another photo here because words don’t do it justice: Cal Ripken Jr. has explained that a “batting stance is just a starting point” in the entire process of the swing. Hands & bat mistakes. Jay Buhner of the Mariners is one of the more notable hitters that uses the open stance. His success led to imitation: within a few years there were other big league hitters closing their stances, most famously Harvey Kuenn, who won a batting title for Detroit. He tinkered and tinkered, and finally by 1962 he had developed a philosophy that he would hone for the next two decades until his untimely death from cancer in 1984. He just looked eternally bored out there like some MLB Eeyore. Will “The Thrill” Clark was known for his signature “rocking” motion, which was simply a timing mechanism. The Baseball Egg weekly email newsletter contains news, factoids, trivia, photos, and links to articles you can’t find anywhere else. While some historians have made a big deal out of Cobb holding his hands a few inches apart on the bat handle, it was not unusual. Most players in Cobb’s era stood up straight. In the 1970s, Oscar Gamble stuck his backside out and leaned across the plate, and Mickey Rivers did something similar, tightening his body into a ball, sort of like Pete Rose, with an added bat wag. His giant arms hung over the plate as if to warn off pitchers. Fewer Major League hitters use this stance, because of the obvious distance it takes you from the hitting zone. His body looked like a question mark retreating from the mound, coiled and ready to explode into the pitch. The open stance is just the opposite. When the pitch arrived, Ruth moved his mammoth frame forward toward the baseball, putting every ounce of his body into his swing. When he retired he ranked first in NL history in homers and third only to Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx all-time. by Prue0016 Plays Quiz not verified by Sporcle . Open stance batting is when the batsman moves his front foot, or shoulder, or both more towards the leg side. Wockenfuss also held the bat out in front of his chest with his fingers extended and wiggling, as if playing a flute. It worked though, as he won seven batting titles using that batting stance. How to Set Up Properly. He remains one of the greatest right fielders to ever play the game. Craig Counsell. There were players who liked to shake the bat a lot, like Gary Sheffield and Vlad Guerrero. Big leaguers could do it too, but no one, other than maybe Mickey Rivers, ever hit like that in the majors. He had a slightly closed stance, but not much. In 1951 the St. Louis Browns took the tiny batting stance to the extreme when they sent midget Eddie Gaedel to the plate as a pinch-hitter in a game against the Detroit Tigers. And yes, Mo Vaughn, Plantier and Sosa are stretches for "80's".http://www.battingstanceguy.com Yastrzemski and Ripken were not afraid to change things up to get out of a slump. The actual swing seems secondary to the burst of speed Ichiro gets out of the box. In between, “Master Melvin” hit 511 home runs, winning the National League home run crown six times. Downing had one of the most open batting stances in modern baseball, and it was largely effective, especially for the Angels in the 1980s. How about Billy Hamilton or Dan Brouthers? Oh used what he called the “flamingo” leg kick, an exaggerated version of Ott’s stance, in which he lifted his front leg high off the ground and curled it close to his back foot. I never figured out how you can hit a ball when you're stirring the bat over your head like Counsell does. Every ballplayer has their own stance. Batista, a… Rate 5 stars Rate 4 stars Rate 3 stars Rate 2 stars Rate 1 star . As for the power? You gotta have your own swag. Cy Seymour, who had a 16-year career that started in 1896, was a known tinkerer. It was a stance made even more famous when Cal Ripken tried it out, but Tettleton was the player who made lazy bat handling famous. Wockenfuss hit 86 home runs as a part-time player in his 12-year career, finding exceptional success against lefties. Finally, the Royals accepted Lau’s methods. Your email address will not be published. Certain batting stances entice us -- with either efficacy or eccentricity -- to the point of emulation (though nobody emulates quite so well as the one and only Gar Ryness, aka “Batting Stance Guy”). All Galleries . May 25, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (31) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Sheffield created the ultimate whiffle ball swing. Both approaches worked for getting to the Hall of Fame. Ruth stood with his feet nearly touching each other and standing at the extreme rear of the batters’ box. The stance was so iconic that his statue in Minnesota is depicting him in his trademark stance. He promtly watched four high pitches go by for a walk, retiring with a perfect 1.000 on-base percentage. Pete Rose came into baseball when it was still shaking off the 1950s, an era dominated by the three New York teams. His exploits are legendary. He still held the bat high and away from his body and tucked that jaw into his lead shoulder. Movies were in their infancy when the Great Bambino stepped on stage as a raw rookie in 1914. An open stance is one where the toe line – or again the heel line – is not parallel to the target line but will instead cross it behind the ball. Buhner's stance was slightly open, with very little bend in his knees. Going the other way a long way from home, it's only fitting that the player filling the lowest numerical spot in at also has the lowest stance plants exaggerated crouch almost seems too strange to be real, but it was it didn't stop him from slugging Ninety-one home runs over eight seasons in the majors. He drove Met fans crazy, and that is always deserving of being on a list. Some of us could copy stances, maybe even dozens of them. A video from the 1932 World Series shows Ruth moving his hands so that the bat seems to be turning, as if he was churning butter. If your accountant was this fidgety you might consider closing your account. Bagwell’s stance has been described as a man sitting in a chair waiting for his dinner. Good or Bad “That setup is OK, but make sure you step back into the right spot.” Many players switch to the wide open stance, thinking that will help them. Cobb’s stance allowed him to do the things he felt were most important. Because Rose was a switch-hitter he had to reverse the stance when he was in the right-hand side of the box. Ideally the batting stance should be a nice and comfortable, balanced position, from which we can play a variety of shots to any delivery that the bowler sends towards us. But as the 60’s began to morph into the 1970s, Rose started to clench his stance into a new form, making himself smaller and smaller. A walk was considered a mistake by the pitcher. The bat came up slightly and the Yankee slugger followed through with great emphasis. Noted batting stance imitator Gar Ryness (dubbed “The Batting Stance Guy”) has cataloged Ripken’s stances, even giving them names. Or maybe it was something else. You gotta have your own way of doing it, his swing and his stance. The batting stance has long been the Cadillac of the player’s repertoire. But his batting stance helped him become one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. It was so unusual that nearly every time he went to the plate the announcer mentioned it. Rose quickly personified that. During his all-star years the man was the master of the infield single due to that motion. One historian wrote that Ruth’s follow through left his body “twisted in such contortion that he resembled a human barbers’ pole.”. And as noted earlier, most hitters have their own style that is unique to them. Some players like to be calm at their starting point, like Cobb standing with his feet together and almost still, while others, like Dave Winfield, liked to move their feet and body (“dancing with the pitcher”) as the pitch was en route. Ichiro quickly proved he was worthy, winning the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards. His success was copied by generations of Japanese ballplayers. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies) The owner of possibly the weirdest batting stance in the world … The point was for the batter to put the ball in play. Brett was so successful that Lau called him his “Frankenstein Monster.” Brett changed his batting stance late in 1975, leaning far back on his left leg like a “forward slash”. But his approach seemed weird to veterans in the organization and he was let go after one year. Ben Liebman is a writer for FanSided partner BroJackson.com. He urged Lou Gehrig to try it too, but Gehrig stayed with his preferred stance, in which his feet were spread shoulder width apart and the bat was held far off his back shoulder. Musial tucked his neck and head behind the lead shoulder, and as a result it appeared as if he was playing “peek a boo” with the pitcher. Title ten years later and Ripken were not afraid to change things up to get out of more. Very little room for the next time I comment have left the diamond letters, in and. Batting form but actually lifting the lead leg and holding it while a. 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