Souhan: Morneau searching for the elusive home run swing

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 12, 2013 - 4:57 PM

He’s asked his hitting coach, and the best home-run hitter on the team. “Anyone who will listen, basically,’’ he said.

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rodneyklineJun. 12, 13 5:32 AM

He is not hitting HRs but he is still driving in runs at a pace to go over 100. Even when Mauer hit 28 HRs, he didn't drive in 100. Some players have an extra gear when there are runners to drive in and Morneau has always been that type of player. really hope the Twins do not trade our one player that can drive in runs with or without HRs. You also cannot underestimate how good he is at first. He made a rare error tonight but that is very rare. Speaking of that play...Florimon is a really nice surprise this year on defense and offense. His first play was spectacular when he robbed their leadoff hitter Michael Young in the first. Once we have pieces of the puzzle set like we do at 1B, C and SS, we need to make sure we keep them as we try to fill the other six positions with these great young players coming up in 2014 and 2015. Many of these kids will not make it despite all the hype we are being fed but it is better to have 6 position players to fill and not 7. Sign Morneau now! He is only 33 next year. He will hit HRs again but even if he didn't, we need his clutch hitting and great D.

bolock54Jun. 12, 13 7:23 AM

The home runs will long as he is driving in runs, thats the main thing.....probably just a minor adjustment needs to be made and the homers will erupt once again..

twinsajsfJun. 12, 13 7:26 AM

@rodneykline--this conversation is so old. Statistically, Mauer is one of the best hitters in baseball with RISP. If you haven't noticed, the hitters in front of him have not been getting on base. Meanwhile Morneau hits BEHIND MAUER, so by virtue of that alone, he will have many more RBI opportunities. But hey, common sense is overrated.

ryannolanJun. 12, 13 8:14 AM

Over-analysis is compounding his home run "problem." As scatter-armed pitcher Nuke LaLoosh was told in "Bull Durham," -- "Don't think. It can only hurt the ball club."

skeptikJun. 12, 13 9:02 AM

Morneau is a class act and a great leader for the Twins. I wish him luck in finding that one last "gear" in his swing that will carry the ball over the fence. While this team wallows around the mediocre level it is still nice to see Morneau driving in runs and making some terrific plays at first. Go Twins.

realtybitesJun. 12, 13 9:32 AM

How many games could the Twins have won with a 2 or 3 run homer ? I don't think he has had one game winning hit this year, and at 14 million/yr, that is not acceptable. It will be a long time before the Twins "fill all their holes" and he will not be a part of it. The Twins always wait too long - sell when an asset is high, not low as they usually do....

hjlazniJun. 12, 13 9:40 AM

A lot of wishin and hopin here. Truth is, Morneau has worked the last two years at changing his swing to wait longer for the pitch to get deeper before he swings which has necessitated shortening his swing to catch up. So, more balls are hit up the middle and to the opposite field than to his pull side with less power as the ball has been hit earlier when there is less extension in the arms which by laws of physics all results in less power. Folks, this is called the "Twins Way" which Ortiz named "hitting like a girl" after he was released from the Twins for insubordination for not changing his swing to "The Twins Way". Willingham, Thome and Doumit hit homeruns here because they were brought up through other organizations and know how to get proper extension. Valencia had great extension in his swing and hit a lot of homeruns until the Twins coaches changed his hand position to "quiet" and shorten his swing twice during the last two weeks of his rookie year and you all know how that worked out. Dozier started out here as a middle infielder with good swing extension hitting .254 with some pop in his bat and he was switched over to the "Twins Way" and learned to hit with little power and hits .230. The same can be said of Parmalee and Plouffe. This will continue on and on, with the new crop of highly regarded youngsters, as long as the same management and coaches with the same hitting philosophy control the organization. Morneau, a former scoreboard buster and future Hall of Famer turned into an affordable first baseman for the Twins. Well said.

efrik1Jun. 12, 13 9:54 AM

Bottom line is we're paying, what 34 mil to two guys that have a combined 8 HR's.........

matthewJamesJun. 12, 1310:13 AM

I thought like most of us that Bruno was going to provide the Twins with some added power swings and production. I guess Vavra wasn't so bad after all.

hjlazniJun. 12, 1310:23 AM

matthewJames, Vavra and Brunansky are part of the same group. The Pohlads kids have to be convinced that all management and coaches from top to bottom needs to be replaced and the "Twins Way" retired or nothing will change.


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