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VeeckAsInWreck
04-28-2008, 11:38 AM
I was thinking about this the other day when I saw some kids playing sandlot baseball. But when you were a kid what player's batting stance did you try to copy?

I used to copy Robin Ventura's stance.

soxfan13
04-28-2008, 11:44 AM
Tom Paciorek's stance:gulp:

Noneck
04-28-2008, 11:51 AM
Dick McAuliffe, as a righty. Couldn't hit worth a damn with that stance but I thought I looked cool.

FedEx227
04-28-2008, 11:51 AM
Gary Sheffield as a kid. :bandance: Today, I'd say mine is a lot like Albert Pujols.

MushMouth
04-28-2008, 11:52 AM
Dave Parker. Even tho he was a lefty. The Cobra!

Oblong
04-28-2008, 11:55 AM
Funny I get asked this on a WS board. For one season my high school coach was on a big Walt Hriniak kick so I was forced to use what most Sox hitters did for my junior season.

skottyj242
04-28-2008, 11:58 AM
I used to have the glasses/goggles so I did everything like Chris Sabo. When I was in like t-ball I did the Harold knee up. Older years I mirrored a younger Frank Thomas.

Vestigio
04-28-2008, 12:05 PM
Goofing around, I had stances like Big Frank or Durham. IIRC, I remember I had a Julio Franco type of stance for a couple of years. Boy was that a mistake.

Right now, I have a stance thats similar to Omar Infante or Ryan Zimmerman

DeadMoney
04-28-2008, 12:12 PM
Ken Griffey Jr. ... the right hand version.

Palehose Pete
04-28-2008, 12:13 PM
Pete Rose, even after I was plunked in the head for crowding the plate.

FedEx227
04-28-2008, 12:15 PM
Ken Griffey Jr. ... the right hand version.

I think everybody that is currently between the ages of 19-28, did the Ken Griffey stance at one time or another as a kid. I know him and Sheffield were my biggest stances for the longest time.

tlebar318
04-28-2008, 12:16 PM
Harold Baines...I not only copied it I stuck with it. Even now, in softball I have the same leg kick...He was my favorite growing up.

CHIsoxNation
04-28-2008, 12:17 PM
When I was younger I used to have the whole Griffey Jr. stance going since I was a lefty, pretty much straight up at the plate with the back elbow wiggle. But I'd say my swing is a lot more like A-Rod's these days.

Too bad my production at the plate wasn't even close to either of theirs :(:

When I started out pitching I used to throw a lot like Maddux and brought my glove over my head. But my pitching coach in high school switched it up so I've had a lot lest movement and I'd say my wind up has looked a lot like Buehrle's ever since.

Jerko
04-28-2008, 12:17 PM
Rod Carew.

kittle42
04-28-2008, 12:30 PM
Carlton Fisk, always.

Mickey Tettleton had a fun stance, too. So did Larry Parrish.

kravdog
04-28-2008, 12:30 PM
Frank.

In 1992 I was 12 yrs old. My entire routine was that of Frank's...right down to holding my right hand back to the ump until I was ready...man, that really used to mess some 12 yr old pitchers...

white sox bill
04-28-2008, 12:35 PM
Joe Rudy....wide open stance. Didn't do too well as I'm here at work and not warming up for Sox/O's game

btrain929
04-28-2008, 12:39 PM
Early on = Frank Thomas.

Later = Jose Canseco (crowded the plate bouncing back and forth waiting to explode on the ball).

Now = Even though I didn't notice it til now and I swear it's not intentional, a little like Aaron Rowand. Slightly open, hands close to the body.

Yes, I managed to get AR into the thread. MERCY!

TomBradley72
04-28-2008, 12:47 PM
Not in regular baseball...but in backyard wiffle ball....I had Dick Allen down from the right side and Carlos May or Pat Kelly from the left side.

I had a buddy who did a perfect John Mayberry.

skobabe8
04-28-2008, 01:40 PM
Albert Belle!

chisoxfanatic
04-28-2008, 01:43 PM
Nomar Garciaparra

KenBerryGrab
04-28-2008, 01:48 PM
Yaz. Even wore 8.

chisox117
04-28-2008, 01:58 PM
Baines

skottyj242
04-28-2008, 02:17 PM
I'm going to try the Craig Counsell at softball this Wednesday.

FourStarsTwoBars
04-28-2008, 02:18 PM
In P.E. wiffleball I mimicked open stances like Carlos Delgado (Toronto days).
That gymnasium had classic dimensions, a deep homerun porch (the stage) in left and a short right field bleachers

Lefty34
04-28-2008, 02:41 PM
Gary Sheffield as a kid. :bandance: Today, I'd say mine is a lot like Albert Pujols.

I'm calling BS on this one. I've seen your swing, you've got the Thome pre-pitch down, and your swing is of a David Wright/Griffey Jr. hybrid lol.



Now = Even though I didn't notice it til now and I swear it's not intentional, a little like Aaron Rowand. Slightly open, hands close to the body.

Yes, I managed to get AR into the thread. MERCY!

So does that mean you don't use your legs or hips and just swing your over-developed shoulders in a golf-like motion? JK.

I think my swing now is a little like David Wright, though my hand movement and eye at the plate is more like Youkilis. Back in the day I was a Griffey Jr. lover, just as I'm sure most of us were.

WhiteSox5187
04-28-2008, 02:46 PM
I never really copied anyone's swing per say, but when I was ten I noticed that prior the pitch McGwire would sorta swing the bat back and forth like a pendelum, the next day I did that and went four for four, so I've been doing that ever since.

Elephant
04-28-2008, 02:50 PM
I was thinking about this the other day when I saw some kids playing sandlot baseball. But when you were a kid what player's batting stance did you try to copy?

I used to copy Robin Ventura's stance.

I wouldn't let a kid on a team I was managing copy him. LOL. I used to copy all kinds of stances just practicing swinging in the back yard or playing whiffle ball, but someone like Ventura was way too funky for a real game . All hunched over and wide open with a flat bat...too much timing involved.

I usually did Albert Belle in games. Even stance, hands low and kind of a backward hitch before the swing. I remember hitting one out to center when I was 12 copying that stance exactly. And of course I walked as I hit it, trying to be a badass.

I'm more of a Jeter/Magglio guy now. Bat high with a lean back and slightly open.

cbrownson13
04-28-2008, 02:51 PM
Griffey, Big Frank, and Jeff Bagwell were big ones for me.

Madvora
04-28-2008, 02:53 PM
Carlton Fisk, always.

Mickey Tettleton had a fun stance, too. So did Larry Parrish.
Hilarious! I did both of those too. I liked to pull up my sleeves like Fisk and stand like Tettleton.
When I tried to bat lefty I did Greg Walker or later Ventura.

Scottiehaswheels
04-28-2008, 02:54 PM
I was a skinny kid who did a lot of slap hitting so I copied One-Dog. I tried to copy Hank Aaron as I got older with the cross hands thing I read he used to do and just about broke my wrist.

Madvora
04-28-2008, 02:56 PM
I'm sure everybody has tried hitting like Julio Franco and catching like Tony Pena too.

hose
04-28-2008, 03:34 PM
Rod Carew

HomeFish
04-28-2008, 03:37 PM
I would frequently mock Nomar by doing all the crazy things he'd do in an AB.

While Nomar was with the Cubs, I did this in a batting cage in Busch Stadium and got some laughs from the people in line behind me.

The Critic
04-28-2008, 03:39 PM
My dad had me do that Joe Morgan thing to remind me to keep my back arm up.
I did have a Harold Baines leg kick, but I never really tried to copy anyone's stance.

VeeckAsInWreck
04-28-2008, 03:58 PM
I remember reading somewhere that Babe Ruth actually got his stance by trying to copy Shoeless Joe Jackson.

santo=dorf
04-28-2008, 04:12 PM
No, I never tried to copy the first baseman on Abbott's team's stance. What did it look like?

VeeckAsInWreck
04-28-2008, 04:17 PM
I wouldn't let a kid on a team I was managing copy him. LOL. I used to copy all kinds of stances just practicing swinging in the back yard or playing whiffle ball, but someone like Ventura was way too funky for a real game . All hunched over and wide open with a flat bat...too much timing involved.

Ventura's stance is not going to be recommended by any coach! However I also studied George Brett's stance when I batted lefty.

From the right side I used to copy Canseco but now I do more of a Carlos Lee.

BadBobbyJenks
04-28-2008, 05:14 PM
Griffey as all of my friends did so I stopped.

Ray Ray and the awesome stance of Julio Franco(never in a game though, I dont think I would have been able to put the ball in fair territory.)

fquaye149
04-28-2008, 05:20 PM
every kid my age in america tried to copy julio franco.

I was all about phil plantier

Rockin Robin
04-28-2008, 05:46 PM
Robin

And Julio Franco.

Bill Naharodny
04-28-2008, 05:51 PM
Rod Carew.

Same!

South Side Irish
04-28-2008, 05:53 PM
Julio Franco's... just because it was cool. I sucked at it, just like I did with pretty much every other stance. :redface:

RKMeibalane
04-28-2008, 06:20 PM
Will Clark

soxfan21
04-28-2008, 07:41 PM
When I was about 7 I copyed Robin's stance. As I got older, and as a lefty, I copyed Jr's stance. Didn't do to bad with that one, til I got to high school where I basically kept the same stance, but with my hands about head high.

kaufsox
04-28-2008, 08:02 PM
Sadly, Duane Kieper(sp?) 2B Cleveland Indians 1970's. He was the only lefty I remembered as a kid.

Jjav829
04-28-2008, 08:05 PM
Ventura (if he was a righty). Now it's more like Nomar - which probably isn't a good thing.

Lip Man 1
04-28-2008, 08:06 PM
Ed Herrmann and then later George Brett.

Lip

captainclutch24
04-28-2008, 08:27 PM
I use gary sheffields

NADA SURF
04-28-2008, 08:48 PM
I had Bucky Dent's stance...but I think he copied me.

Red Barchetta
04-28-2008, 08:51 PM
For me, George Brett. Even though I was a right handed batter. He was the first Charlie Lau disciple. I loved his swing. Palmeiro later copied it to an extent.

Frater Perdurabo
04-28-2008, 09:01 PM
Eddie Gaedel

monkeypants
04-29-2008, 01:00 AM
I didn't try to copy his stance or swing but a lot of teammates and opposing players told me that I batted like Will Clark.

cburns
04-29-2008, 01:04 AM
Cal Ripken Jr. in so much as that I always had a different stance. Generally, I used an open batting stance, like Luis Gonzalez.

ComiskeyBrewer
04-29-2008, 03:31 AM
I currently use Rickie Weeks' stance right now. As a kid, i used Griffey's.

Grzegorz
04-29-2008, 04:30 AM
Mantle's...

veeter
04-29-2008, 09:43 AM
Willie Stargell. That pre-pitch routine was classic.

VeeckAsInWreck
04-29-2008, 09:48 AM
For me, George Brett. Even though I was a right handed batter. He was the first Charlie Lau disciple. I loved his swing. Palmeiro later copied it to an extent.

I remember watching TWIB during the '93 season and they did a segment where John Olerud was copying George Brett's swing. That was the summer that he was hitting near .400, he eventually ended the season with a league leading .363 average. And I remember him killing us in the ALCS. :(:

ILuvThatDuck
04-29-2008, 11:42 AM
John Kruk from his Padres days......Greatest stance ever.

guillen4life13
04-29-2008, 03:46 PM
I had a few:

Craig Counsell, Jose Canseco, Andres Galarraga, Maggs, Bags, Frank, Aaron Rowand (he used to have a weird jump in his swing to use his body into the pitch and start propelling himself towards 1B), but probably the most was Ichiro.

Ichiro has the smoothest, most elegant swing I've seen.

Hitmenof77
04-29-2008, 05:02 PM
Only one mention of Joe Morgan and his arm flapping? That was pretty cool to copy.

I also tried to copy Dave Parker and Andre Dawson.

tick53
04-29-2008, 05:07 PM
Pete Ward.

Bigfoot38
04-29-2008, 05:14 PM
My mom tells me that I did the Harold Baines in my youth. She asked me why I lifted my right leg so high(I bat left throw right). I was like Harold Baines does it. That should get me to the pros right? it didnt... well still hope only 19!

Now I just do what ever is comfortable, from time to time pull out the Juan Uribe.


Can't wait to get home me and my buds play wiffleball all summer long, unfortunately a possible internship will restrict my playing time.

Frontman
04-29-2008, 05:17 PM
As a kid, it was Pudge Fisk's.

PKalltheway
04-29-2008, 05:53 PM
This is an awesome thread!

Greg Vaughn for me.

ChiSox14305635
04-30-2008, 10:28 AM
Barry Bonds when he was with the Pirates. I loved the crouch stance with the bat wiggling back and forth ala Frank.

Will Clark & Don Mattingly too.

Noneck
04-30-2008, 10:32 AM
Pete Ward.
Yea, me too at times. Bat up, butt out and always getting a handful of dirt.

turners56
04-30-2008, 11:16 AM
I tried to bat like Magglio a couple of years ago, now my normal stance isn't close to anybody that's on the Sox (maybe Orlando Cabrera?). I was playing some sandlot ball a couple of days ago and decided to go up there in Pierzynski's stance, I smashed 3 homers. I still like the closed stance I have now though :).

HitMan_naMtiH
04-30-2008, 11:19 AM
Griffey and Frank's stance mix

FedEx227
04-30-2008, 11:33 AM
I'm calling BS on this one. I've seen your swing, you've got the Thome pre-pitch down, and your swing is of a David Wright/Griffey Jr. hybrid lol.

Check it out next time, the bat is different yes but watch as I sorta slowly bounce up and down, I'd say it's a Pujols/Wright hybrid... I dropped the Griffey thing a few years ago.

And I can't deny the Thome pre-pitch down. :D:

Orta 4-6-3
05-01-2008, 02:09 PM
At one time or another...

Ed Hermann
Yaz
Rod Carew
Robert Clemente (only lefty)
George Brett

ondafarm
05-01-2008, 03:07 PM
Right handed Willie Stargell.
Left handed Rod Carew.

Bucky F. Dent
05-01-2008, 03:13 PM
Willie Stargell. That pre-pitch routine was classic.


Same here, didn't copy the stance, but loved the bat spin. Nearly broke my nose a couple of times doing it.:D:

white sox bill
05-01-2008, 03:48 PM
Does anyone remember Andre Dawson's stance? The way he used to wave the bat while waiting for the pitch, very menacing. I like the way Thome just holds that bat with one arm, like saying "C'mon just try and throw one by me!"

cards press box
05-01-2008, 04:45 PM
Rod Carew. Does anybody remember Harry Caray's routine on the radio in the early '70's imagining a cowboy in the Old West walking into a saloon, slamming a silver dollar on the bar and saying "Give me a drink, I'm Rod Carew!"

white sox bill
05-01-2008, 05:11 PM
Rod Carew. Does anybody remember Harry Caray's routine on the radio in the early '70's imagining a cowboy in the Old West walking into a saloon, slamming a silver dollar on the bar and saying "Give me a drink, I'm Rod Carew!"

Remember when Harry wanted to team up with Norm Cash on a business and call it "Cash and Carey":smile:

MCHSoxFan
05-01-2008, 07:55 PM
I was thinking about this the other day when I saw some kids playing sandlot baseball. But when you were a kid what player's batting stance did you try to copy?

I used to copy Robin Ventura's stance.

I play baseball and I do a combo if Sheffield/Rowand.

SOXfnNlansing
05-01-2008, 08:26 PM
I used to do the 'Joe Morgan' and Willie Stargel stances because of the pumping

Brian26
05-01-2008, 08:39 PM
In back yard whiffleball, we'd play Sox vs. Cubs, and you had to bat lefty or righty based on who was coming up in the lineup. My best lefthanded stance was Rudy Law because I could shoot opposite field liners off the brick monster (my parents' house, 40' down the line).

Anything hit off the house on a line drive was in play (caught off the house on a line drive an out, a single if it hit the ground as long as the runner made it to first before the pitcher got it). Anything off the roof was in play (caught as it came off the roof was a flyout, but it was a groundrule double if it hit the ground). Anything over the roof was an automatic homer.

Lorenzo Barcelo
05-01-2008, 09:03 PM
I always tried to emulate Mickey Tettleton of the Detroit Tigers.

the1tab
05-01-2008, 09:23 PM
I tried Tony Phillips once... pulled a hamstring

sox1970
05-01-2008, 09:38 PM
I tried Tony Phillips once... pulled a hamstring

Were you spitting non-stop during the at-bat?

havelj
05-02-2008, 08:56 AM
http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/pics/wayne_nordhagen_autograph.jpg

VeeckAsInWreck
05-02-2008, 11:25 AM
Does anyone remember Andre Dawson's stance? The way he used to wave the bat while waiting for the pitch, very menacing. I like the way Thome just holds that bat with one arm, like saying "C'mon just try and throw one by me!"

Dawson did have a menacing stance. It also looked like it put a lot of stress on the calves and knees. Despite playing on the north side he did have a monster year in 1987.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/pics/andre_dawson_autograph.jpg

Jurr
05-02-2008, 01:15 PM
When I was younger I used to have the whole Griffey Jr. stance going since I was a lefty, pretty much straight up at the plate with the back elbow wiggle. But I'd say my swing is a lot more like A-Rod's these days.

Too bad my production at the plate wasn't even close to either of theirs :(:

When I started out pitching I used to throw a lot like Maddux and brought my glove over my head. But my pitching coach in high school switched it up so I've had a lot lest movement and I'd say my wind up has looked a lot like Buehrle's ever since.
Exactly the same here with the Griffey swing. I just liked the idea of looking down over my shoulder...the swing helps alot with hitting low balls. Since I couldn't catch up to a high pitch anyway, the Griffey swing was always great.

DVsoxfan
05-02-2008, 01:56 PM
For some reason when I was a kid I copied Marty Cordova for a bit. I used to play with my dad and he would pitch to me, and I would be the whole Sox lineup. At the time it went something like...Durham, Valentin, D'angelo Jimenez, Maggs, Frank, C-Lee...that was always fun. In high school ball I always had a little Mark Teixeira in me from the left side. But even before Thome was traded to the Sox I was told I looked a lot like him with my stance etc. At one point I was in a big slump and watched some tape of Chipper Jones, tried to copy his toe tap he does for timing and ended up going on a tear.

TheVulture
05-04-2008, 09:45 PM
I never copied a stance, but I did copy Ozzie's technique of digging out the back line of the batter's box so I could stand a few extra inches back of the box. No one ever said anything about it either, even though I'd cause catcher's interference several times a season. I swear the only times it was ever called in games I played was when I was at the plate.:redneck

raul12
05-04-2008, 11:40 PM
Dawson did have a menacing stance. It also looked like it put a lot of stress on the calves and knees. Despite playing on the north side he did have a monster year in 1987.



I did Dawson's stance as I had the most success with it, especially in 16-inch softball! :D I also loved Tettleton's stance. Standing straight up with bat on his shoulders. that stance always cracked me up until he'd jack the crap outta the ball against the sox.

WhiteSoxJunkie
05-06-2008, 11:17 PM
I never really specifically copied any player's stance, but I did do the thing Mark McGwire did where he would swing the bat back and forth a few times before moving it up to his shoulders.

VeeckAsInWreck
05-08-2008, 06:33 PM
A buddy of mine sent me this video of this guy who does a lot of batting stances of hitters from the 80's and 90's. I gotta say that he is very accurate with them.

P9SdRitr5o0

stl_sox_fan
05-09-2008, 09:12 AM
It starts and stops with the Baines high leg kick. Got plenty of grief from coach and teammates. But it worked, and looked cool IMHO.

Zisk77
05-09-2008, 09:23 AM
Everytime my grandpa (who played MLB) took my brother and and me to a game at old Comiskey park he would buy us 2 of the plastic hat of any tem we wanted. We soon had about 20 different hats. we would play wiffle ball in the park and wear one of the hats. Then we would bat like the lineups of those teams. Same stance....bat lefty if lefty (damn the we are family Pirates :angry:) and righty if righty.

When actually playing real baseball I hit my own stance. Although my first year in little league i would still do that hurky jerky pre-at bat thing Willie Stargle would do (the pirates were my first little league team).

Cuck the Fubs
05-09-2008, 09:28 AM
I have and always will use the Baines leg lift............it works!:cool:

VeeckAsInWreck
05-09-2008, 09:39 AM
It starts and stops with the Baines high leg kick. Got plenty of grief from coach and teammates. But it worked, and looked cool IMHO.

I have and always will use the Baines leg lift............it works!:cool:

It's safe to say that many of us growing up watching Harold copied that leg kick.

I used to copy it from the right side and it definitely worked for me in 16 inch softball!

http://www.dksbaseballcards.com/HaroldBaines-2.jpg

D. TODD
05-09-2008, 10:33 AM
Rod Carew.

turners56
05-09-2008, 10:57 AM
Juan Uribe!

Zisk77
05-09-2008, 11:49 AM
Anybody remember former tiger/philly johnnie wockenfuss's (walk in puss as my grandpa called him) batting closed stance right handed. Left hand clenched around the handle...right hand above flat against the bat. He would then "spank" the bat with the flat of his hand until the pitch came where he would then grip with the right, pull back...and swing.

It looked like he was enjoying a phallic fixation with his bat :?:.

And of course every kid in the early eighties who saw it probably mimicked it.:redface:


ironically when i first learned to bat left-handed i mimicked Greg Walker's swing. :cool:

BridgePortNative
05-09-2008, 12:17 PM
Juan Uribe!

come to think of it, i used his batting stance in 04 and 05 for softball but i hit lefty instead. you get one hell of a powerful swing that way.

doublem23
05-09-2008, 12:39 PM
come to think of it, i used his batting stance in 04 and 05 for softball but i hit lefty instead. you get one hell of a powerful swing that way.

I don't think it has anything to do with his stance, so much as it does with him closing his eyes and swinging as hard as he can every single pitch.

LITTLE NELL
05-09-2008, 06:19 PM
Rocky Colavito, great batting stance and one of the best arms ever. Finally made it to the Sox in 67.

DSpivack
05-09-2008, 09:16 PM
Eddie Gaedel.

The only way I ever got on base in little league was stepping into pitches and getting hit. I quit when that started hurting.

QCIASOXFAN
05-09-2008, 09:19 PM
Darrin Jackson