Article: Plouffe Answering the Call
Posted 06 June 2012 - 06:01 AM
"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." -- Jim Bouton, "Ball Four"
Posted 06 June 2012 - 07:51 AM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:07 AM
Wish he would have "answered the call" last night with runners on first and second and 2 outs in the 9th.
He stung the ball pretty good. Too bad Dyson is one fast mofro.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:12 AM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:20 AM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:33 AM
Too bad we don't have a professional hitting coach to help him work on these issues. IIRC, Plouffe is a first round pick, no?
I don't put the burden for Plouffe's struggles on Vavra.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 09:49 AM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 09:55 AM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 10:16 AM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:48 PM
Are the charts saying that Plouffe has only one ground ball hit this year - the one that looks like a bunt?
No, the chart just indicates where the ball came to a stop/was fielded. In that case, it was likely a bunt. Plouffe's has five ground ball hits total this season.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 06:47 PM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 09:30 PM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 11:38 PM
Tonight Plouffe answered, then hung up immediately. His swing looks similar to Willingham's, but his approach, eye and discipline draw no further comparison. Maybe Hammer can help him out, but here's one tip: don't swing at a first pitch 10 inches inside. That's stupid. I love aggressive hitting, but not that. I still have hope he can figure it out.
With greater focus and confidence, Plouffe could be scary good. Although he will be 26 this month, he is still young enough to put together a great career.
This year Plouffe is on track for 19-20 home runs, and as stated in Parker's excellent article, he has been unlucky.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 06:50 PM
Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:46 PM