Brown Going Back to What Got Him Here

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Domonic Brown made a significant change before he broke his right hand fouling off a pitch Saturday.

He returned his hands to where they were when he crushed pitching in the Minor Leagues.

Brown had fiddled with the positioning of his hands in his stance since Spring Training started last month. He had held them high in the past, but lowered them this spring because the Phillies felt it would shorten his swing and allow him to better handle certain pitches. But Brown never felt comfortable and the positioning changed game to game, occasionally at-bat to at-bat. He went hitless with nine strikeouts in his first 15 Grapefruit League at-bats before singling up the middle Saturday.

“I just said, ‘Forget it. I’m going back to what got me here,'” Brown said this morning at Bright House Field. “That’s the key for me. The other thing did not work with the hands down. That’s going to take time, and I really don’t have time to spare like that, especially coming from Winter Ball. I didn’t have enough time to prepare myself with the lower hand angle.”

Brown had surgery on his hand Tuesday. He could be back in four to six weeks.


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as the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix”


From reading your article it isn’t clear. I thought that Domonic had made the decision himself, which would be unforgiveable. Did Charlie and Greg Gross OK the switch back?

Whose decision was it for Domonic to change his hands-position in the first place?

Everyone was saying that last year a huge hole was exposed in Domonic’s swing. He couldn’t get around on high inside pitches. I thought that Charlie, being a hitting Guru, wanted Domonic to keep his hands down so he could have a better chance of getting around on high inside pitches.

YET It is clear from the language in the interview that Domonic made the decision to go back to his old swing.

Is it an accident that as soon as Domonic held his hands up in the old position, he was thrown a pitch high and in on his hands? which is why he broke his hand?

Either the coaches don’t care about this so-called hole in his swing or Domonic is telling them that he doesn’t care for their advice. Am I the only one who doesn’t know something important about this scenerio? Did the announcers on TV say before Domonic took his fateful AB that it had been decided that he would go back to his old swing? Was it stated before the game? Who made the decision? What is Domonic going to do with his old swing that will help him to get around on those inside pitches? If he could have fixed this problem by standing away from the plate more, they would have had him do that last year.

Anyway, I’d appreciate it if someone here could explain this situation to me, since I get the impression that Domonic seems unteachable and proud and insolent when I read the quotes, even though he broke his hand doing it his way….

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