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How Twins Joe Mauer Got His Power Back
What swing changes has the Twins Joe Mauer made to get his power back?
When you mention the name Joe Mauer, sports fans equate that name with superstar status, but really Mauer is a very average hitter in the league and has been for a good 6 years. Since 2010, Mauer has averaged about 7 homers a year and hit around .275. Really just good enough to remain in the line up, but really not good enough to help his team as much as a lot of the other stars in the league. Back in 2009 Joe Mauer hit a whopping 28 home runs and plugged himself in as one of the most dangerous hitters to face. So how could Mauer go from 28 home runs in 2009 to only averaging 7 the last six years?
From our vantage point. He started to change his swing to a more push swing to the opposite field. He did not use his hips as much and concentrated on using his hands to start his swing. What was the cause if this? Well Mauer around that time starting to promote a hitting product called the Quick Swing. This product promotes quick hands to the ball, which in my professional opinion is the tip that is really causing hitters to slump and loose their power. Ever since he promoted this product, you could see his power numbers decline considerably and he suddenly started spraying the ball to left field most of the time. So now it has taken him six years to finally realize that he has to make some changes because batting .270 with 7 homeruns for him is quite embarrassing. Why did it take 7 years to realize this?
The Quick Swing product he promoted was made by his dad and Hall of Famer and now his coach, Paul Moliter who endorsed it (Mauer's Quick Swing http://youtu.be/Kxaqxk09Yr4). In actuality, he thought he was doing everything right even though his stats proved otherwise!
This year Mauer seems to be thumping the ball more consistently. He has tripled his ability to now pull the ball. Yes tripled! He now pulls the ball more, especially from the left side (he is a switch hitter). This means he is sitting back more and swings more with his hips like he did in 2009. As Ted Williams always said, "It is all in the hips."
So Mauer looks like he is on a better pace for hitting for more power. He has 3 homers now and last year he had 4 for the season! He finally has made some changes and is reverting back to his 2009 swing. The problem is, he will probably never out up the 2009 numbers again because when you get away from a swing for so long it is very difficult to lock it back in. Looks like Mauer is giving it a try and if he hits 15 homers this year it will be a career year for him at his age.