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Derek Jeter’s revamped swing remains a work in progress

Feb 28, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter told Chad Jennings of the Journal News this afternoon that he isn’t yet comfortable with his revamped approach at the plate.

“It’ll take a while to get comfortable,” Jeter said. “When was the first game? Two days ago? That was the first time I’ve seen pitching with (the new mechanics). It’s going to take a while to get comfortable. You have more time because there’s no stride. Now you’ve just got to figure out when to swing.”

Jeter began to tinker his his trademark stride while working with Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long last September, but he is now trying to eliminate it altogether, ala Paul Molitor in the later part of his career. Such a change allows Jeter’s bat to get through the strike zone faster, but Long says it’s all a matter of timing.

“His timing is just a little bit off on the outside pitch,” Long said. “He’s got to wait a little bit longer on those pitches, and the ones in, he’s been a little bit late on. We’ll gain on it and go day by day with it. I’m certainly not, at this point, ready to cash it in and start from scratch with it. It’s going to take a little time.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he won’t truly start evaluating Jeter’s swing until “three weeks or so” into spring training, but the club is making his revamped swing a top priority. Long will skip tomorrow’s trip to Bradenton in order to work with Jeter one-on-one in Tampa.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Feb 28, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    I hope this works, although I would think it would reduce some power in his swing.

  2. rcali - Feb 28, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Not what Yanks management wants to hear after overpaying him so a problem could be avoided.

  3. Old Gator - Feb 28, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Eliminating the stride will cut down on the possibility that he’ll step on a horned toad. He should also learn to recognize the little skitter patterns they leave in the sand and try to anticipate where their heads are from where the tracks end. The last thing you want now is for BeepBeep to puncture his instep.

  4. pisano - Mar 1, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    The only question I have is how are they going to revamp his age?

    • yankeesfanlen - Mar 1, 2011 at 10:08 AM

      The healing powers of the rivers at Xanadu, once trod upon by Ponce deLeon.
      Come to think of it, the Xanadu at the NewOLDMeadowlands in beautiful downtown East Rutherford look much like Beep-beep’s new place, and are equally as populated.

    • SmackSaw - Mar 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      Yep, he’s done. The next three seasons will be sad. All Yankee fans will have left are glimpses of former glory.

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