AROD'S BATTING STANCE during an at-bat in Friday's game against the Nats. Seeing this picture
& reading the following make me wonder:
"Rodriguez is shifting forward in the batter's box, Mattingly said, instead of keeping his weight back. It's a common problem for slumping hitters.
"He's not able to ride his back leg at all," Mattingly said. "We've got to get that back to where he can stay on that back leg and carry that weight. He's got to be gliding, not falling." (Reported by Tyler Kepner in the NY Times).
I remember a year or 2 ago when Jim Kaat let it be known that Arod had
his own personal preparation routine, which didn't necessarily include working with Don Mattingly
or anyone else in particular. Arod was furious with Kaat when he heard this. However, shortly thereafter, the YES network took the trouble to put shots of Mattingly observing Arod in batting practice. I believe a memo also was issued from
the team's owner saying that Mattingly should be coaching Arod's hitting. Arod bores
me, but if he started listening to Don Mattingly he might become interesting. (photo by Reuters)
Update--Looks like Arod heard the magic words & got results.