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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Learning from the enemy?

Today's Chicago Sun-Times has a brief item in its White Sox notebook about Paul Konerko's familiarity with Tigers hitting coach Don Slaught.

If you didn't already know, Slaught's company, RightView Pro, provides instructional software, graphics, and video technology to personal trainers, amateur and professional coaches, and major league ballplayers throughout the country. (Here's a Detroit News feature on Slaught from last December.)

White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker is a big believer in Slaught's instructional techniques (lending his endorsement on the RightView Pro front page), and recommended Konerko talk to Slaught a couple of years ago when he was struggling with his swing.

But the Tigers' performance with the bats so far this season might be the best testimonial to Slaught's tutelage. You already knew they were swinging some heavy lumber in their first six games, but Tiger Tales compared the Tigers with the rest of the American League yesterday, confirming just how impressive they've been: First in runs scored, home runs, slugging, and OPS, and third in batting average.

Think we'll get a game in this afternoon? Clouds are rumbling, lightning's flashing, and the skies are looking dark and gray here in southeastern Michigan.

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  • At April 12, 2006 4:09 PM, Blogger Big Al said…

    OK, let's get this out, as the Tigers are still whipsawing my emotions...

    The Tigers stopped hitting, Don Slaught SUCKS! But it's only been 8 games, and they are facing possbibly the best pitching staff in MLB, the Sox.

    OH MY GOD, the Tigers jave lost 3 in a row! They SUCK! But they still have a winning record, and they are playing the defneding champs. At the very least, the Tigers have shown that they are competitive with the Sox.

    But I digress...

    If Slaught does one, and only one thing, he needs to get the Tigers to raise their OBP. Today there were too many short AB's again, lots of swinging on the first pitch. It drives me batty...


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