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ma_deuce
03-09-2004, 02:53 PM
When did Jose start batting lefty against left-handed pitchers? Just heard he was 2 of 2 against Joe Kennedy in the third of today's game, with a standing triple. Hope it contines...

Deuce

The_Floridian
03-09-2004, 02:55 PM
He's been working on that over the winter due to his massive discrepencies between left and right handed batting.

I think it's a good eye-deer.

CubKilla
03-09-2004, 02:55 PM
The first I heard of it was last night on the Score. No more RH AB's for Valentin.

That's a good thing :)

voodoochile
03-09-2004, 03:10 PM
It's about damned time. Thanks Jose. Now have yourself a season...

RKMeibalane
03-09-2004, 03:15 PM
Maybe Konerko should try batting left-handed.

jeremyb1
03-09-2004, 03:23 PM
That is outstanding news. I thought Jose had given it a shot over the winter and due to his lack of success given up.

Randar68
03-09-2004, 03:23 PM
Originally posted by RKMeibalane
Maybe Konerko should try batting left-handed.


ROTFLOL!!!!

Well done.

Jerko
03-09-2004, 03:24 PM
He WOULD be a step closer to first. Maybe he'd only hit into 83 double plays.

pudge
03-09-2004, 03:25 PM
This is awesome news... I just hope he sticks with it and doesn't change it up a month into the season...

Speaking of left-handed, who's ready to replace Konerko with Gload full-time? All in favor...

SoxxoS
03-09-2004, 03:26 PM
I have been asking everyone this rhetorical question for 2 years now...my prayers have finally been answered.

batmanZoSo
03-09-2004, 03:45 PM
Originally posted by ma_deuce
When did Jose start batting lefty against left-handed pitchers? Just heard he was 2 of 2 against Joe Kennedy in the third of today's game, with a standing triple. Hope it contines...

Deuce

That's great news.

I always thought that there was no way that Jose could be worse at hitting lefty vs. lefty than he is at batting right handed. The whole matchup thing is a tad overblown. I predict he'll have a higher average against lefties than he did as a righty. Of course, he couldn't go much lower...

soxtalker
03-09-2004, 03:53 PM
Is there a physical reason that batting from either side of the plate would become more difficult as a player ages? Has this been a pattern with other players?

SoxxoS
03-09-2004, 06:56 PM
Borchard and Robbie Alomar should follow.

For some reason, some players don't understand that switch hitting isn't an advantage IF YOU CAN'T HIT FROM ONE SIDE. Slight splits are different, like Chipper Jones, but the Valentin/Alomar splits are rediculous.

I will pass judgment on Borchard latter on, but judging from his numbers, he should be batting strictly left handed as well.

jamteh
03-09-2004, 08:34 PM
It's about time. Watching Valentin bat right-handed is like watching a lemming running toward a cliff.

npdempse
03-09-2004, 11:07 PM
Confirmation from Jose--

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/cws/news/cws_news.jsp?ymd=20040309&content_id=648129&vkey=spt2004news&fext=.jsp

SoxxoS
03-10-2004, 01:40 AM
This is very underrated news. This can be very important for the White Sox, as Valentin quite possibly can not be an automatic against a left hander. I think this is going to make Jose have a career year, at least average wise. The right handed thing was weighing everything down.

Frater Perdurabo
03-10-2004, 12:34 PM
Originally posted by pudge
This is awesome news... I just hope he sticks with it and doesn't change it up a month into the season...

Speaking of left-handed, who's ready to replace Konerko with Gload full-time? All in favor...

Aye.