Well, some people do, but those guys seem to be pretty rare. Whenever most people talk about hitting, however, it seems to come out all funny, to the point where I think it’s just more about feel and fast-twitch muscles and spidey sense than it is about anything that can be articulated or taught.
Case in point: this harmless article about Ryan Raburn’s hitting approach. Read through it once and see if you take away the same “lesson” I did:
- Rayburn says you shouldn’t go up and try to hit home runs, especially with runners on base;
- He learned this by watching Miguel Cabrera, who is second in home runs in the AL and must hit a lot of them with runners on base because he leads the league in RBIs too;
- You can’t go up there and swing at bad pitches — be selective;
- He learned this from Johnny Damon, who says that pitchers like to pump that first strike in there, and boy howdy you have to pounce on it.
Know what? I think the best we can do with hitting advice is to tell guys to (a) be a good hitter; and (b) get hits.