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Comment by {for Don on October 29, 2017 at 2:56pm

Before I begin I would like to, as everyone else should do is to commend Dante, due to the fact that he totally, unselfishly packed his bags during spring training and went home to be with his son who,if I am not mistaken, at the time was a {12year old} playing in the little league world series, Dante, my hat is off to you, You certainly have shown the world what being an on hands true father is and should be like.

Yes, very good.

Teaching to {BRING THE BARREL } {DOWN, INTO {A LEVEL PLANE} WITH THE {DOWNWARD FLIGHT} of the incoming ball is exactly the way every batter, potential hitter needs to learn, should be taught, they should be aware that virtually every incoming ball will lose true speed/velocity from release point to barrel to ball contact, therefore each and every batter should understand that, the shoulders do not rotate during their approach to contact, they have/should have an up and down tilt on a lateral axis all on a vertical plane,  check out various top level batters and you will see their body tilt hopefully with their barrels being brought down into a level plane matching the downward flight of the incoming balls.

Again, yes, Like he stated the shoulders are the swing path, place your upper handle part of your bat on your shoulder, leave it there and take your hands and barrel to contact, the whole upper torso moves to contact at the same time, after the rear knee which initiates the hips,then the hips rotate into their initial hip to shoulder separation movement, the upper torso movement follows the hip movement to complete the hip to shoulder separation movements.

Talking about hands movement /loading the hands I have found that slightly counter rotating the hips will automatically load and properly set the hands.

 An excellent video.

Don Ervin

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Comment by Richard Lovell on October 29, 2017 at 3:13pm

Sounds a lot like what Mike Epstein and now his son Jake, have been advocating and teaching for the better part of 30 years. Good stuff. A little extreme on the lead elbow by Jr, but good stuff.

Comment by Bill Stanton on October 29, 2017 at 6:23pm

Richard- I was thinking the same thing on the lead elbow. If you watch his swing, he doesn't actually do that as described.  but it's cool to see a young kid understand the swing so well. He's obviously putting in the work to learn his craft.

Overall, it must be so much fun for Dante to have his sons playing at a high level and for them to get to workout together like that.  The other guy in the video is their trainer and he has some really good YouTube videos on strength training.

Comment by {for Don on October 30, 2017 at 3:09pm

We were taught to measure the distance between the elbows, I am {5ft. 11,} my best measurement was/is app {12inches apart}, keeping the elbows the same distance apart throughout the movement from launch position to contact and just a bit forward of contact is of the utmost importance, The elbows move with the shoulders which are on plane to the downward flight of the incoming ball.

Also, I was taught that there were two parts to the approach to contact and the follow through, #1. The approach to contact is a {STROKE, NOT A SWING,} #2. The swing part is the barrel movement as it passes through contact area and completes the follow through.

Great BaseBall-N

Don Ervin

Comment by Steve Young on November 1, 2017 at 12:43pm

I think some of the nuggets in this video are when Dante talks about his approach and the 3 things he evaluates after an at-bat...

1.  Did he have a good plan? 

2.  Did he get a good pitch to hit?

3.  Was he aggressive?

I love that because there are truly two aspects to hitting:  your swing and your approach.

In other words you can have a good swing but not be a good hitter.  You can also be a good hitter and not have the perfect swing.

As  a former pro ball player I got to train one off season with Doug Mirabelli, who at the time already had 2 World Series rings with the Red Sox and he was telling me about Johnny Damon's swing...  you guys remember Johnny Damon's swing right?  

Doug told me that I'd be suprised to know how many guys in the big leagues not only don't have perfect swiings but they don't even have good swings, but they're good hitters.... why and how could that be?

I think Dante hits the point:  they have a good plan, they swing at their pitch, and they have the right mindset to do some damage.

I also can't help but think how much in my career I focused on my swing versus on being a good hitter.

Love the video!

Comment by Grant Clifford on November 5, 2017 at 9:37pm

This video is fantastic. Some solid mechanical stuff but loved when Dante talked about intent. The football analogy about wanting to take someone's head off.  So true.  I bet we've all played with guys who may not have had the prettiest swing but just attacked the ball!


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