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Nate, that's a great discussion topic. I personally believe that all batting stances have pros and cons and should be used to fit the type of hitter and the swing that you have. I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to paste in a link because its an article I wrote about the advantages and disadvantages of each - the open, square and closed batting stances. http://probaseballinsider.com/baseball-instruction/fundamentals-of-...
I learned to play with an Open Stance. The reason why ? My coach told me that if a have an Open Stance I can hit Inside Balls better . I don´t know if this fact is right , but I really fell comfortable with it.
There is the key statement right there, Stefan, you fit comfortable with it. Being in theaters box is about being comfortable. You know, I have even seen some MLB hitters step out..Franco...and it wasn't because he was cheating on an inside pitch.
I think flexibility has a lot to do with weather you should be open or closed. Can you get your belly facing the pitcher at contact? That is what determines if you are able to be closed. Open stance is kind of a cheat to get around quicker on inside heat. If you use an open stance, you better get close to the plate to drive the outside pitch the other way. I start closed but off the plate and then stride toward the ball. I have the flexibility to get rotated around closed hips. Will Clark did not take a long stride and had a very upright stance which allowed him to rotate freely so he could be closed more. I believe in the dominate eye theory but I don't think an open stance helps you see better. When stance is closed, your head is still facing the pitcher so both eyes are still in play. Other than that I think it is a matter of comfort and confidence.
I've read a lot of responses and notice everyone talks about open stance, unless the player is flying open and then go to a neutral or even closed stance to correct that. Consider this; flying open isn't caused by the stance because you can have a player who has a closed stance "fly" open as well. We have all seen it...they step in the bucket all the time or fly open. So the question is, "how do we stop players from flying open"? Make them keep their front shoulder down longer...after front heel plant. Simple" Heck no...but it takes correct and proper repetitions to correct a flaw.