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  1. No mention of Jackson’s always crazy BABIPs?

    Comment by Joe — May 22, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

  2. And I need him back in my fantasy lineup. The removal of that leg kick is night and day in stability of his swing. I heard that earlier in the year but the visual change in his swing is impressive.

    Comment by Bret — May 22, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

  3. Great job Wendy. Love the use of video.

    Comment by Calm Like A Bomb — May 22, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

  4. So glad he’s back to the rookie season ways…When he plays like this it makes missing Granderson a lost thought! Great Defensive CF, and Lead-Off, Ilitch need to spend some more to make sure he really buys us our World Series this year!

    Comment by Polka — May 22, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

  5. nice. fangraphs actually explaining the cause of improvement based on video instead of stats.

    Comment by Matt K — May 22, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

  6. same here. 4 guys on dl, and Jackson missing games and Infante missing games for me. My offensive stats have started to plummet since he left my lineup.

    Comment by Matt K — May 22, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

  7. He’s progressed pretty far beyond his rookie ways. His rookie year was a ton of singles, lots of them weakly hit. This year he’s been hitting everything with authority.

    Comment by Eric Cioe — May 22, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

  8. Just wait until they develop wLegKick+

    Comment by RationalSportsFan — May 22, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

  9. Great article. However, we don’t him him now; we need him for as much of the season as possible.

    Comment by byron — May 22, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

  10. Yeah, we definitely don’t him him now. We’ll him him later. There’s really no measuring the extent to which we’ll him him.

    Comment by byron — May 22, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

  11. I cannot believe it took Jackson this long to even try to ditch that stupid and obviously harmful leg kick. That said, his swing looks infinitely better and I’m glad he managed to do it at some point rather than never like so many players with flawed swings.

    Comment by Colin — May 22, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

  12. Wendy: WELL DONE!

    Comment by Soxy — May 22, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

  13. Per the Tigers telecast, he had decided to get rid of it in the middle of last season, but he and the organization decided that it maybe wasn’t the best idea to go through such a big change in the middle of the season. So they worked it out in the off-season.

    Comment by beconstructive — May 22, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

  14. Looks like he is in the lineup tonite, per Jason Beck twitter.

    Comment by beconstructive — May 22, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

  15. Looks like he has now been scratched from the lineup per some other dude who should know’s twitter.

    Comment by beconstructive — May 22, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

  16. As a devoted (crazy?) Tigers fan who watches every game, I noticed this three-four games into the season. It was a clear and present change. Skeptics poo-poo’d it a bit, but it just continues to pay dividends. Nice work, Wendy, back to back Tigers articles!!!

    Re: his BABIP, yes it’s high again, but to chalk it up as the reason for his success would be as lazy as it is incorrect. There was a 100 point split between his BABIP and AVG in 2010 while this year it is about 60 with MUCH better supporting skills (the lowered K rate and elevated BB rate as pointed out by Wendy). He is making way better contact than ever before, again driven by the leg kick, with his lowest GB rate ever so it’s not just a bunch of squirters getting through the infield.

    Comment by Paul Sporer — May 22, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  17. Scratched after BP :(

    Comment by Paul Sporer — May 22, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  18. He has shut my mouth on him, I used to criticize and point out his many flaws before this season. Now what can a White Sox fan do, except marvel at how good he really is?

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — May 22, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

  19. His walk rate is sky high at 12.6% his strikeouts are down to a much more manageable 18.9%. His BABIP is pretty high, but he has a career babip of 371, he seems like the kind of player who can regularly sustain a 350+ BABIP. Now if only 5/9 players in the Tiger lineup weren’t dead weight

    Comment by j6takish — May 23, 2012 @ 10:11 am

  20. If they’re always crazy, why mention them? He’s almost certainly not a true-talent .371 BABIPer (which puts him at 5th on the career list and 1st among live ball era players – doesn’t quite pass the smell test), but with 1500 PA under his belt, it’s likely that his BABIP going forward will be only slightly less elite.

    Comment by ThePartyBird — May 23, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

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