Miller: Mauer works on swing with Bruno
I wonder how this story is going to go over....
Phil Miller watched Mauer and Bruno go out for some extra swing practice on Wednesday. Afterwards, Bruno talked a little bit about why...
The assumption among Mauer-haters is that he's uncoachable, or even unapproachable. So I'm sure some will view this as a member of the coaching staff grabbing some reins. When, in fact, it might be that Mauer worked with Vavra much the same way, and we just didn't have Miller there to report it, or Vavra didn't talk afterwards about it.
Mauer told Brunansky that his balance hadn't felt right during an at-bat on Tuesday, a small thing but one that the hitting coach is trained to fix. He brought a fungo bat out to the field -- longer and with a heavier barrel than a normal bat -- and had Mauer hit balls off the tee.
"The fungo makes him accountable. You've got to be able to use your legs to swing this, because if not, the bat head drops," Brunansky said. "You're not going to square stuff up."
It's interesting to me that this is going to be such a great blank canvas for people to project thier paradigm upon. It'll be fascinated to see reactions.
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