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Video: Youkilis taking batting practice

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 18, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This winter, Kevin Youkilis slightly tweaked his mechanics. When Youkilis took batting practice today, the basics of his unusual stance were fairly familiar, but there were noticeable adjustments here and there. Here’s video of Youkilis in the cage. Have a look for yourself.

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18 Responses to “Video: Youkilis taking batting practice”

  1. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    it doesnt really matter what he does over his head while he’s waiting for the pitch.

    he does seem to have his hands in a little closer as he sets up to hit, though. he said he’s working on being quicker to the ball, lets hope he can do that.

  2. PacoDooley February 18th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Much better, but I would still prefer to see him in a more locked and loaded starting positions rather than with his hands up high. It seems to introduce a lot of unnecessary movement in his mechanics as he drops his hands and gets ready to swing – totally unneeded. Much better than his crazy hand-off-the-bat stance, but still could be improved…

  3. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 18th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Via ask BA:

    Jackson is hard to place because there aren’t a lot of quality catching prospects in pro ball and because he’s also not a lock to stay behind the plate. He’s also a high schooler two years away from turning pro. I’d put him somewhere close behind Gary Sanchez (Yankees, No. 61), who has a similar offensive profile, a track record of hitting in pro ball and a better chance to remain a catcher.

    And here is the thing with the self-described prospect snobs of the lohud comment section, even after Montero was traded, the ratio of Montero-to-Gary Sanchez discussion was still 10:1. A review of most comments of Gary Sanchez to date revolve around whether he should be included in a trade for Stanton or Upton – rather than fawning over one of the elite prospects in the system. Now, some will say, “but I do fawn over Gary Sanchez,” but the truth is, that is far from the truth, especially compared to how Montero is still worshiped here (case in point, a poster linked to Montero’s two homeruns off of the Orioles in September 2011 and said that September moment was more memorable than anything that happened in September 2012 when the Yankees were in an exciting race with the Orioles). In fact, Montero’s 2008 Lakewood Homeruns are more talked about and romanticized still compared to Gary Sanchez – - – -

    This is Stoneburner, reporting from Ceti Alpha V, with the wax poetic minute – - – - -

  4. MTU February 18th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    A lot less movement with the feet and hips as well.

    He looked like he was doing some sort of weird little dance in the past.

    I wonder if he learned it from Papelbum.

    Long tries to quiet excess movement. That’s one of his signatures.

  5. PacoDooley February 18th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    MTU February 18th, 2013 at 4:46 pm
    A lot less movement with the feet and hips as well.

    He looked like he was doing some sort of weird little dance in the past.

    I wonder if he learned it from Papelbum.

    Long tries to quiet excess movement. That’s one of his signatures.
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    Definitely the Long signature – worked wonders for Granderson and I would like to see Youk with something closer to the 2011 Granderson approach (wait and swing). But Youk definitely looks better without the insane starting position, the funny leg position and the dancing.

  6. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    pkyankfan69

    “This year the Mets won’t be any good this year but they are setting themselves up for a nice little run in the near future assuming the Wilpons open up their wallets after this year, I’m assuming they will after the Santana contract expires, their only long term deals will be to Wright and Niese. Their rotation of the future is pretty loaded – Harvey – Wheeler – Niese – Syndergaard – Gee and their infield is very young and promising also D’Arnaud – Ike Davis – Murphy – Tejada – Wright…. With the rotation and the infield basically set for the next few years the Mets just need to spend money on OFer’s and work on constructing a BP…. I think the Mets have a pretty nice little run in them, we’ll see how they compete with the Nats and Braves who both also look strong in the near future.
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    thats a pretty optimistic read. you have syndergaard, who hasn’t thrown a pitch above A ball holding down a rotation spot for the next few years (even barring injury he still might not even be in NY in the next few years).
    murphy is only in infielder if you’re in an extreme austerity program and not trying to win.

    they are a long, long way from competing.

  7. MTU February 18th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Paco-

    Used to look like an ugly, dancing Gnome.

    At least he got rid of the dancing part.

    :)

  8. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    i can’t get enough of these media stories about jerry buss where they say he ‘turned the lakers into a winning organization’.

    that’s gotta burn jerry west and make wilt turn over in his oversized coffin.

    when you buy a team that already has kareem abdul jabbar on the roster, all you have to do is not f it up.

    im not speaking ill of the recently departed he was a good owner.

    my problem is that the press reports make it sound like he bought the buffalo braves.

  9. Against All Odds February 18th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    True but ppl can f it up like when CBS bought the Yankees.

  10. Irreverent Discourse February 18th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    ys guy – Some how I don’t think it’s “burning” anyone.

    His most important contribution to the team’s success was hiring Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, Jerry West and Mitch Kupchak and then letting these guys actually run the team.

    Unlike some other owners we may be more familiar with… ;)

  11. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    id he was a great owner i give him that.

    but jerry west and wilt won before he owned the team. so ‘turning them into a winner’ was already accomplished. and they did already have jabbar.

    as i said, im not knocking jerry buss’s ownership, how could anyone.

    but the press is acting like he bought the nets.

  12. Irreverent Discourse February 18th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    They won 1 title in 19 years before Buss, 10 in 33 years with.

    That’s probably all they are referring to when they say “turned them into a winner”.

    Wilt and West won together as players, Wilt never played for West on the Lakers though…

  13. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    “They won 1 title in 19 years before Buss,”
    —————————————————————–
    4 finals and one championship in the 10 years before he bough the team.

  14. Irreverent Discourse February 18th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Ys Guy – A funny stipulation around here. Lots of people argue here daily that unless you win the last game…

    :)

    lucky for you I’m not one of them and am just teasing. No sense in belittling anything to do with Buss. The media is praising him because he died and not Jerry West. Can he have his day?

  15. Irreverent Discourse February 18th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    He was a “hands-off” owner, that was my original point. Something the Yankees have sorely needed for a long time. Bring in the best talent to run the organization possible and just sign the checks.

  16. theREALkevin February 18th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    An ad before the Youkilis video? Really?

  17. Irreverent Discourse February 18th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/.....1;mlb.html

    As if there was any doubt.

  18. Nick in SF February 18th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    They should pay is to watch Youk video. #notready :neutral:

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