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Whatever the numbers say, Granderson says he’s still not a home run hitter

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 14, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Curtis Granderson is on pace for nearly 50 home runs this season. He has 19 of them already, which is the same number he hit in his first full season in the big leagues. So how can he still say he’s not a home run hitter?

“Math is just crazy like that,” Granderson said. “It just ends up being that way. It just ends up happening from time to time. I get lucky. Sometimes they happen to get out of the ballpark.”

Yes they do, like last night’s game-winner that just happened to get out right when the Yankees so desperately needed some offense. Granderson still strikes out a lot, and his batting average isn’t going to blow you away, but his ugly left-right splits are a thing of the past and he’s become a truly dynimic offensive player.

Even if he can’t say exactly what kind of hitter he is.

“Still in progress,” Granderson said. “I want to get to the point where I can go out there and consistently understand what my plan and approach is. I’m still playing and battling with that. I’ve got to understand how they’re going to pitch me. The ability to drive the ball into the gaps. The ability to get base hits. I can still bunt from time to time, hopefully draw a walk from time to time. And I have the ability to leave the ballpark. But definitely not going to be too one-sided. That’s what I hope to end up being.”

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