Hard to judge without more context. The guy's been tinkered with by a number of hitting coaches the last few years. It's quite possible the reporter's questions alluded to that fact, or even just asked him who is responsible for his swing this spring, and Buxton proudly responded that he's working on it himself now.
How about judging the statements within the context of him alllegedly being a humble guy?Lot's has been said about this from when he was drafted thought his minor league tenure, but honestly never saw it.Seems more like he's a guy people worry about than anything.The first few years of his career has been all about trying to figure out ways to keep him from pressing too much.Make him feel more comfortable.The fact that his manager needed to make a point that he was coming to see him was incredible to me. Guys like Kepler, Rosario, Polanco (who was yo-yoed back and forth and out of options before you could blink) don't seem to need this level of care.
Plain and simple, a humble guy like Buxton shouldn't be making these kinds of comments if that is the type of image he wants to uphold. When he said, "I aiin't gonna sugarcoat nothin" what was he thinking?
Sorry, but this "we don't really know the context" stuff just doesn't wash with me.he decided to say this to the reporter::
""It’s my swing, my thought process, my thinking," Buxton said. "Everything with my swing now is me. I didn’t go to no hitting coach. I didn’t go work out with nobody. I worked out by myself, I hit by myself and that’s where it’s going to stay."
I noticed when Buxton gets a little emotional or perturbed he goes into this "ain't got no" double negative thing.I know people might say, "you're reading too much into it" but I don't think that is the case at all.I am being observant.I am interested in his progress.The part that was particularly vexing to me was the "I hit by myself and that's where it is going to stay"
No need for that.Whether he thinks so or not that is a dig on Rowson, a guy who has had his back in a big way.When he says that he is really saying he isn't interested in any coaching.How is it a guy who couldn't hit his weight in the majors last season and rallied over the course of one week to raise his AAA average to just over .270 can say that?
He really needs to calm down.He explicitly stated he was "pissed" about last September.Well....it's March tomorrow, due.Get over it and just hit.
Edited by ewen21, 28 February 2019 - 03:52 PM.