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07:46 AM ET 01.06 | Instead of happy returns, New York's camp could include quite an awkward one. Mets insiders now expect Ike Davis will be in spring training with the team in Port St. Lucie, Fla. -- while cautioning they are willing to reengage the Pittsburgh Pirates or Milwaukee Brewers or any other club in search of a first baseman in trade talks in the six weeks before pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 15. Sources add that Davis genuinely does want to remain with the Mets. Of course, there is a difference between Davis coming to spring training and making it all the way to Opening Day. Another team could have an injury during spring training and need to acquire a first baseman. Or, a team like the Pirates -- who recently traded for Triple-A first baseman Chris McGuiness -- could become dissatisfied with their internal options.

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January 6, 2014  08:02 AM ET

It's Just Business, Bros.

January 6, 2014  08:29 AM ET

I don't understand how a player who barely broke .200 last year is receiving so much attention.

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January 6, 2014  09:16 AM ET
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Let me help you - he's a 26 year old first round pick who needs to fix his swing and his approach at the plate. When someone like that is made available to a team like the Pirates, who just signed a 32 year old declining Justin Morneau to a short-term deal, he receives attention. A guy like Branson, along with every other hitting coach in baseball, thinks he can fix what ails him.You're welcome.

You are correct sir. Also, the 32 bombs in 2012 tend to catch one's eye.

January 6, 2014  09:18 AM ET
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Let me help you - he's a 26 year old first round pick who needs to fix his swing and his approach at the plate. When someone like that is made available to a team like the Pirates, who just signed a 32 year old declining Justin Morneau to a short-term deal, he receives attention. A guy like Branson, along with every other hitting coach in baseball, thinks he can fix what ails him.You're welcome.

Did he always hit with his hands so low, or did he start that recently?
Supposedly he has not been receptive to coaching targeted at fixing what Mets viewed as a flawed swing...lots of top hitters have dropped their hands during their load, but almost all of them brought them back up again. Ike seems to just stay way down (reminds me of Eric Davis a bit).

January 6, 2014  09:21 AM ET
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Did he always hit with his hands so low, or did he start that recently?Supposedly he has not been receptive to coaching targeted at fixing what Mets viewed as a flawed swing...lots of top hitters have dropped their hands during their load, but almost all of them brought them back up again. Ike seems to just stay way down (reminds me of Eric Davis a bit).

Bobby Bonds also started with low hands before bringing them up. I have no idea what Davis' swing looks like but that picture sure doesn't look good.

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January 6, 2014  09:37 AM ET
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Bobby Bonds also started with low hands before bringing them up. I have no idea what Davis' swing looks like but that picture sure doesn't look good.

Ted Williams dropped his hands quite low before bringing them up to a "normal" launch position and he did OK...Eric Davis is the only guy I can think of offhand that I've seen had some success with low hands all the way through. Frank Robinson had kind of a wonky swing and may have also done the low hands thing.

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January 6, 2014  09:41 AM ET
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I find it hard to believe that you've got the inside edge on whether or not an MLB hitting coach can fix a swing. Then again, nobody really knows what color the sky is in your world, which helps explain why you would think I consider Ellsbury a power hitter.

Grey is a good guess around here lately.

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January 6, 2014  09:42 AM ET
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Some sort of seasonal affective disorder might be at the root of his problem, yes.

He's SAD?

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January 6, 2014  09:59 AM ET
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Morneau is considered to have one of the most perfect swings in the game, and his hands can't get any lower. The guy's just lost enough batspeed through the zone to start striking out a lot more recently. Or, as Best Policy would argue, "duuuuh!"

Does Morneau drop his hands and bring them back up, or stay low?
I would suspect that most people would say Teddy Ballgame's swing was prettier than Morneau's, sorry.

January 6, 2014  10:02 AM ET
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Morneau is considered to have one of the most perfect swings in the game, and his hands can't get any lower. The guy's just lost enough batspeed through the zone to start striking out a lot more recently. Or, as Best Policy would argue, "duuuuh!"

I just watched some Morneau video and you're completely wrong.
For low hands, look at some video of Eric Davis (or recent Ike). They launch from around the belt, Morneau is just below shoulder high.

 
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