The way I learned to hit was by swinging a lot and trying to barrel up as many balls I could, as opposed to looking for the appropriate pitch to barrel balls up on.
This is such a great line. I prefer the latter, personally, as it seems like the best way to produce power and patience, but some guys, Pedroia comes to mind, can just up up there swatting at everything and barrel enough to make it work.
I believe Baldelli’s “outcome first” approach works for many forms of art. For example, if a pianist is a playing a piece with multiple voices and needs to emphasize one more than the others, he often just needs to “listen” to it, and his fingers do the rest. It seems he viewed hitting as more of an art when he was a kid. That makes sense, because no kid should want to overthink hitting a baseball.
I’m glad to hear Baldelli’s still involved in baseball. Keep up the good work, Woonsocket rocket.
Way back when, I traveled to Orlando to watch a former high school teammate take the hill in Double-A against Tampa Bay’s Double-A team. On that team was Baldelli who presented as the perfect centerfield prospect. Shame that a guy who should still be in his prime is no longer playing, but great to see him working with the Rays.