Just when you think you have seen it all in baseball and then Adrian Beltre hits a viscious curveball from Chris Carpenter over the left field fence off his back knee!
We asked Ted Williams Team Hitting Specialist Mike Huber how a hitter can do this? His response was that most all great hitters have an upward swing and that Beltre's homerun was definitely more on the uppercut side that rarely has been seen in baseball. Huber goes on to say that Beltre must have had a plan to drop down to the knee if he saw that Carpenter's breaking ball was going to drop sharply below his front knee.
"Beltre was just trying to get under the ball and it is a good strategy if a hitter wants to get under a curveball and go for a big shot." Huber said.
Huber trains teams to master the benefits of the upward swing and gets hired out by teams to get hitters to hit for more power and increase run production.
"It is essential that hitters match the swing plane to the pitch plane," Huber says."If the ball is coming slightly down from the pitchers mound than the best way to squre up on the ball is to swing slightly up. In Beltre's' case Carpenters' pitch was a sharp downward breaking ball that Beltran squared up on by golfing the pitch with huge uppercut that put him down on his back knee."
About Mike Huber: Team Hitting Specialist and Confidence Trainer, Mike Huber, has traveled the country to help baseball teams improve their hitting skills at a record breaking pace with the Hubie Magic Training System. This training system has helped teams set over 60 state, national, and/or team hitting records since the late 1990s. He is the author of the book, Tapping Into the Spirit of Ted Williams. Mr. Huber, a Chicagonative, has been a radio show analyst of ESPN radio, is a public speaker, and has written many articles on the subject of hitting.
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Phone: (847) 312-1061