After the Twins selected him in the first round in 2002, the hitting instruction he received felt like a barrage. They wanted to change the way he hit, the swing he had taught himself.
The Twins altered his mechanics, taking away his natural athleticism and trying to give him a more traditional approach. He had never thought much about his swing, and the tinkering wore on him. He wanted to follow every instruction, to make his coaches happy, and he thought too much.
"I had a hard time," Span said. "My natural ability wasn't doing what it needed to be doing, because I'm thinking too much. I'm thinking about everything that I've never thought about."
And then....nothing. The story moves on to his concussion. Did he reject those changes? Did he modify those suggestions when he broke through in AAA? Is he still doing that? Is he looking forward to ditching them? It references them and doesn't tell us what happened.
He also talks candidly about the impact of the concussion on his emotions:
"I'm just sitting in my chair feeling worthless," Span said. "When you go through concussions, I later found your emotions change. I feel like I had estrogen in me or something. Every little thing bothered me. I was moody all the time. There were just a lot of components that had entered into my body I had never felt."
Yeah, certainly seemed to be the case. The article suggests that yoga has helped with that, but it isn't clear that is what is has done. Like I said, weird story....
Former Twin Denard Span visualizing a fresh start with Nationals - TwinCities.com