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Curtis Granderson is again using Kevin Long’s HR drill

Mets OF Curtis Granderson used Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long’s home-run drill, and had several teammates participate, before Tuesday’s game at Citi Field (Kernan, May 21).

He responded by hitting a single, double and a home run.

Granderson is batting .313 with three HR in his last nine games, during which he also had an 0-for-11 drought.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

It’s called ‘The Net Drill,’ or ‘The Home Run Drill.’ Basically, Long puts a pitching screen over half of home plate, while throwing pitches underhand from about 30 feet away. The goal is to get hitters to work on shortening and tightening up their swings, while guiding and isolating movement from the lower half of their body. It’s a great way to feel yourself generating more complete power, which probably builds confidence, more than anything else.

This drill plays right in to the type of hitting that is being preached by Sandy Alderson and Dave Hudgens, so I’m surprised it wasn’t implemented in Spring Training. Frankly, I’m surprised it wasn’t being used before Granderson, since it’s been making it’s way through college and the minor leagues during the last decade. In the end, drills are just drills, they’re meaningless unless they create good, productive habits. Hopefully, last night was the start of some good momentum for Curtis.




48 comments

I think this is something Wright could use to help shorten his swing. Keith pointed out last night that Wright's swing has gotten a lot slower, and also attributed Wright's slump to that. The captain naturally has a longer swing and in recent years that has been something people point to when he's struggling. 

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

So why has Dave Hudgens not tried what sounds like a sensible approach to hitting? Ooh, i forgot it is not in the Mets Hitting philosophy which is take a ball down the middle of the plate and swing at a pitch that strikes you out. Lets Go Mets!    

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Calm-down, people. IT'S ONE GAME. We used to see this all the time with Jason Bay. Let's see him have a consistent WEEK.

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

Not surprising - Hudgens is a joke. Granderson played for a winner in the yanks and won a WS. I suspect he knows more about hitting than any joke of a coach the mets have on their staff currently. 


Doubleday
Doubleday

Good.  Players are beginning to ignore Dave Hudgens.  Yogi's advice to LJ Mazzilli completely contradicts the Hudgens/Alderson approach to batting:  “If you see it, hit it. If you don’t see it, don’t hit it.”

bigdirty
bigdirty

Maybe its time that David Wright took part in these drills. Seriously is there a more over rated player in baseball?? This team needs an offensive leader and Cap America has never answered that call. David has NEVER carried the Mets. he has NEVER made them better because he was on the field. David was paid a kings ransom and is constatnly underperforming. 


We dont need Wright to be an all star in late july when the team is out of it. the team needs him to step up now. When the season is on the brink. Sense the moment. Derek Jeter annoys me but he could sense the moment when the Yankees needed a  hit and thats why he has the aura of greatness and being clutch. Even if David isnt getting around on pitches drive in runs with singles and gappers. He doesnt have to hit 3 run hrs though that would be nice from a franchise player. 


I always felt the Mets unfairly favored David Wright over Jose Reyes. A lot of what Jose did made David a good player. Getting on early and becoming a cheap 1 out rbi from third base. Early int eh year EY was doing that but when that doesnt happen David Wright is kind terrible. 


The leader of the team is Dan Murphy. i dont love him as aplayer either but at least his approach at teh plate is the same every time. he isnt trying to get an ESPN hightlight with every swing.  

qualcomm
qualcomm

I'm not surprised... any improvement the Mets make takes six times longer than anywhere else and they have to try multiple bad ideas first.  Daniel Murphy is almost an All Star second baseman and everyone but my grandmother got a shot before he did. Farnsworth has to close, Tejada needs to be at short, Duda must play first... the bad ideas must be executed before any good ones get implemented.

bsp123
bsp123

It is quite hilarious that the Yankees hitting coach is doing more good for us then Hudgens.  I'm sorry but it's time for him to be fired and bring in someone who has an actual clue about hitting.

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

I could be wrong, but I don't think Jason Bay ever had month as good as Grandy this May. Gotta try to stay positive.

jlga
jlga

Let's see: we have no catcher, no shortstop, a left fielder hitting .210, a right fielder hitting .200, a mess at first, no reliable starter and a bullpen that is an unknown. Add to that hitters who, when the bases are loaded with less than two out, can't get a runner in.

Now let's get out there are win!!!

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Till we see our offense improve this means nothing.

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

Funny, I thought these hitting drills were counter to what Hudgens and Collins preach, which is take the first pitch and see if you can work out a walk instead of swinging for contact and putting the ball in play.

eric88
eric88

Wright used to make his numbers in early innings and tank late in clutch situations.

Now he tanks all game long. They have to drop him down in lineup and he will rake. He always performed well in lower pressure situations.

Naming him Captain also presented undo pressure and his personality didn't warrant. That role.

Cory Nesser
Cory Nesser

can we put Wright in there? his swing is WAY too long.

90wins
90wins

Granderson's stance has changed a bit over the past few days. He looks more comfortable at the plate now. I wonder if the new training has something do to with it. Anyhow, the Mets have to seriously consider doing something about their hitting coach. It gets really ugly when players start teaching coaches their jobs.

Joe Kurioo
Joe Kurioo

Right track Wrong track poll is always at 68 % lol i wonder why 

DON'T BE SLOPPY
DON'T BE SLOPPY

Whatever Grandy has to do to be productive for this team I'll support it. 

To me for Grandy to suggest this type a drill shows Hudgens must be like "Guy's I have no clue at this point what we can do... Does anyone have any ideas... Help me out here because I don't think I can handle seeing #FireHudgens on twitter.... Yes Curtis you wanted to say something?"  



Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

Overall, Curtis is hitting .302/.371/.571 in May. I'll take that for the rest of the year, please.

mettle
mettle

How does this approach help taking fastballs down the middle?

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

Gotta love that the hitters are resorting to another hitting coaches technique when Mr. Hudgens isn't giving them any answers, and frankly, more problems than anything

David Roth
David Roth

Wait.  How does this support Sandy's strategy of pitch selection and plate coverage exactly?  This is an approach designed for pull heavy power hitting.....

nolrog
nolrog

How does this drill help them hunt strikes?

dukewillie
dukewillie

@bigdirty  Keith clearly pointed out David's problem during his at bat against Beckett with the bags full in the 5th inning. He swung and missed on the 1st pitch ( a fast ball) when Keith bemoaned the fact that David's swing was "long," and that he's missing on pitches "he usually creams!" Time for DW to join Grandy in those home run drills.


Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

@bigdirty What concerns me is that he is taking some godawful AB's. We've seen this all too often in the past few years. David is a solid-citizen and will never embarrass the team. But he gets into these dry spells which are painful to watch.

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

I mean Bay on the mets. Not all time.

Robert Babcock
Robert Babcock

@Joe Wenzel  my guess is that a pilot program to see if the team can save money by having the players coach themselves and fire a few coaches from the payroll.

mrmet4mvp
mrmet4mvp

@Ray Carattini  That's what they preach?  Given what I see each game, I thought they were teaching "take weak swings at garbage" and "strike out looking every other at-bat".

Mike Baudistel
Mike Baudistel

@Cory Nesser  I'm tired of defending the Mets coaching staff.  Every night we hear Keith talk about Wright's uppercutting long swing and yet it hasn't seemed to change.  What does it take for our staff to notice these things and make adjustments.  I'm sure that Wright will snap out of it but I feel like slumps last a lot longer than they should with this team.

90wins
90wins

@Cory Nesser  I totally agree. I feel really bad for him when he stranded 3 players on base yesterday. If I'm not wrong, he has been leaving lots of players on base this entire week. The Mets almost always collapse when Wright is having a bad day.

90wins
90wins

@Joe Kurioo  The Mets front office never tells the truth. Everyone knows that.

90wins
90wins

@mettle  Compact swings are faster and more efficient. They do help in getting fastballs down the middle

mrmet4mvp
mrmet4mvp

@mettle  "If you're not taking called third strikes, there's no place for you on this team.":

mrmet4mvp
mrmet4mvp

@nolrog  It doesn't.  It helps them actually HIT THE BALL, which is something that "hunting strikes" clearly doesn't do.


#FireDaveHudgens

mrmet4mvp
mrmet4mvp

@Mark Kohn @bsp123  That "talent" looked okay in the Bronx when Hudgens' ridiculous "hitting philosophy" was suspended for two games because of where they were playing.


A good coach makes players (of any quality) better, but this year most guys on the roster are hitting well below their career averages (Murph and Lagares being the notable exceptions).  It's a pretty bad coach who makes most of his players worse.


#FireDaveHudgens

DON'T BE SLOPPY
DON'T BE SLOPPY

@Joe WenzelI don't think it can get any worse so why not. Players seem to take to Abreu more about hitting then the actual hitting coach.

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

@mrmet4mvp @Ray Carattini Anything Collins and Hudgens preach is garbage, as far as I'm concerned.

Mike Baudistel
Mike Baudistel

@Steven Matregrano @eric88  You're forgetting Jose Valentin, Moises Alou, and Shawn Green.  '06-09' the Mets had pretty solid lineups throughout.  Having guys like Beltran and Delgado hitting before or after Wright certainly helped.

mrgee
mrgee

@90wins @Cory Nesser  The team is gonna' collapse for sure when your 3 and 4 hitters have bad days (like yesterday). 

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

They have to be on pace for the called strike 3 record.

John Sickvery
John Sickvery

@mrmet4mvp @Steven Glansberg  Yeah get a new hitting and a new pitching coach. If they are not doing anything about the Manager and GM situation, getting new coaches would definitely help.

nolrog
nolrog

I know.  I was trying to figure out how "This drill plays right in to the type of hitting that is being preached by Sandy Alderson and Dave Hudgens". 


 

eric88
eric88

So you guys agree when those lineups took the pressure off him he was productive.