Hartman: Health concerns for Morneau subside

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 10, 2012 - 10:59 PM

The first baseman says he feels about as good as could be expected; now he just has to start hitting lefthanders.

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lindy_frank123Jun. 11, 12 1:07 AM

looks like Joe Nathan isn't done...good move on his part.

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hjlazniJun. 11, 12 9:31 AM

VAVRA DOES NOT UNDERSTAND MORNEAU'S PROBLEM AND IN FACT IS MORNEAU'S PROBLEM. HIS PROBLEM HITTING LEFT HANDERS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CONCUSSIONS. MORNEAU WAS GOING TO BE A HALL OF FAME PLAYER. OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS MORNEAU HAS TWICE CHANGED HIS SWING TO BE SHORTER AT VAVRA'S INSTRUCTION. IN ATTEMPTS TO "SHORTEN" HIS SWING HE HAS TWICE CHANGED HOW HE MOVES HIS ARMS BEFORE HE SWINGS THE BAT FORWARD. WITH THE SHORTER SWING HE ALSO IS MORE VIOLENTLY SWINGING FORWARD THAN PREVIOUS TO MAKE UP FOR THE SHORTER SWING WHICH MAY ALSO BE THE CAUSE OF SOME OF HIS INJURIES. HIS FIRST CHANGE HAD HIM PUSHING HIS ARMS STRAIGHT BACK AND THE SECOND CHANGE HAS HIM FURTHER MINIMIZING ARM MOVEMENT BY TWISTING HIS BODY AWAY FROM HOME PLATE WHILE TRYING NOT TO INDEPENDENTLY MOVE HIS ARMS BEFORE HE SWINGS FORWARD TO HIT THE PITCH. IT IS THE SECOND CHANGE THAT HAS MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR MORNEAU TO SEE THE PITCH FROM LEFT HANDED PITCHERS. VAVRA AND THE OTHER TWINS COACHES HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE REAL PROBLEM IS AND VAVRA'S INSTRUCTION TO GET MORNEAU TO HIT THE PITCH THE OTHER WAY WILL NOT RESOLVE THE PROBLEM AND ALSO RESULT IN LOWER SLUGGING NUMBERS TRYING TO HIT "THE OTHER WAY". MORNEAU HAS TO STOP WORRYING ABOUT SHORTENING HIS SWING AND STOP ROTATING AWAY FROM HOME PLATE DURING THE PITCH. IT IS MUCH CHEAPER GETTING NEW COACHES AND VAVRA SHOULD BE SENT PACKING IMMEDIATELY.

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jplamp9Jun. 11, 1211:47 AM

$14 million a year & hitting .105 against lefties summarizes the Twins year - a lot of big salaries that don't align with performance.

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markspringJun. 11, 1212:18 PM

I'm all in favor of looking at a new hitting coach, however, I also see both Mauer and Morneau getting better daily. Both will come around if Vavra can keep his guidance away from them. Coaches need to encourage good mechanics, but beyond that the player needs to play to their natural strengths, something this coaches doesn't seem to want to do.

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davidjb99Jun. 11, 12 4:42 PM

With no one home grown hitting the ball in the gaps or out of the park, how does Vavra keep his job? I think they should tell Joe Mauer, when he's in certain counts, TO TRY AND HIT A HOMER RUN. (Every now and then we see him actually pull the ball with power, so we know he can do it.) It works for a lot of batters -- Orlando Cabrera did this and J.J. Hardy does it now. When you're up 1-0, 2-0 or 3-1 in the count, look for a pitch in your zone and if you get it, go for the fence. It would take the agony of these nickel and dime, 1-run rallies the Twins seem to be happy with. Glad Morneau is looking a little better than many expected, on track for mid-20s in HRs and 80+ rbi.

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fwallenJun. 11, 12 7:17 PM

I like Justin and hope he can come back all the way. My problem is with the Twins basic philosophy: pitch to contact is pitch to lose. Tampering and trying to turn every hitter into a through the middle singles and doubles hitter is a failing exercise. Mauler, Morneau, and others were doing better before their minor leaguer coach started tinkering. But the asleep at the wheel owners don't get it.

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gulfcoastJun. 12, 12 8:39 AM

Is anyone naive enough to think Mauer and Morneau would actually listen to Vavra's hitting instructions??

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lola1973Jun. 12, 12 9:07 AM

Varva needs to go and he can take Rick Anderson with him.

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