Morneau rediscovers power swing

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 8, 2013 - 12:57 AM

KANSAS CITY, MO. – It wasn’t exactly in the line of duty for his country, but helping a Canadian gave Justin Morneau a little extra satisfaction from his first-inning home run in the Twins’ 7-0 victory over the Royals on Tuesday.

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harrya48777Aug. 7, 1311:47 PM

I find it interesting that right after the trade deadline Morneau suddenly finds his swing. Could his lack of a swing before trade deadline been a way to decrease interest in him? Just saying... Also tonight Bremer said that Mauer was not brought in to replace Doumit because Mauer had the night off so he could have two days off with tomorrow's off day so he could be fresh for the rest of the season. Fresh for what? Are these people really for real?

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Jakein08Aug. 8, 13 6:12 AM

Morneau is in his free agent (contract ending) year. He wants to put up good numbers. Having your swing disapeer, as the article states, is not uncommon at all. Ever played golf?

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freedubayAug. 8, 13 7:30 AM

How nice for Justin to find his swing with the Twins 15 games under. I would hate to see the Twins fall to 20 games under. And.. At least Hicks injured himself running the bases rather than slipping in the shower or some nonsense way.

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bassillAug. 8, 13 7:57 AM

I still would like to see the twins sign MORNEAU.I think he still has a couple of good years left in him.

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katiestreatsAug. 8, 13 8:23 AM

Ummm... clutch situation last night - down by 2 runs with runners on 1st and 2nd. Clean-up hitter hits into a double play to end the inning. Not exactly what I'd call "finding your swing".

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partskcojAug. 8, 13 8:40 AM

Good...now trade him quick!!!!!!!!!!!

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ronhextallAug. 8, 13 8:52 AM

He needs to put a good month together. Every time he hits a HR people write articles how he is back.

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hjlazniAug. 8, 13 9:14 AM

Let an engineer specializing in travel of a round sphere in the fluid air being hit by a round bat; Morneau hits home runs when he swings at the pitch early in the pitch with his longer swing and contacts the pitched ball in front of home plate so the ball is hit with arms extending with the bat traveling at a slightly upward angle and towards right field. The "Twins Way" teaches to hit the pitch, after waiting longer, so the pitch is deeper, or directly over the plate with the arms not yet extended with the bat traveling in a slightly downward angle or at the bottom of the swing arc with the bat traveling towards the opposite field, in Morneau's case to left field. The "Twins Way" of hitting is what Ortiz called "hitting like a girl" Morneau has been diligently attempting to change his swing the last two years to shorten his swing and hit the ball the "opposite way". If you have noticed, Dozier and Morneau have started hitting the ball early and to their pull side and have made them very interesting players recently. The Twins will not progress, after moving outside of the Dome, until the owners rid the team of Kelly and the other management and coaching people and their announcers and the "Twins Way" they sell to the viewing public and take a different path. Otherwise, the young phenoms will take the same path as earlier Twins like Plouffe, Valencia and others who started hitting the ball the other way after posting good numbers intially.

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armadilloAug. 8, 13 9:19 AM

I, too, find this timing coincidental. Passing trade deadline must've loosened the tension in his shoulder muscles. At any rate, few things would be more welcome than a solid Aug-Sep for Justin, and then resigning the rejuvenated Morneau to a two-year deal over this winter.

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larsoeriAug. 8, 13 9:30 AM

Morneau is a sand-bagger, plain and simple... he didnt want to be traded... The fact that he did not want to go to a contender at the deadline tells me everything I need to know about him and his lack of competitiveness. Hopefully the Twins move him via waivers in the comding days/weeks. Simply not a winner.

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