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Hitting / Bat Angle, Grip And Hand Position

by Jody Reed

Jody is a former Major League Baseball second baseman who had an 11 year career with the Boston Red Sox (1987-1992), Los Angeles Dodgers (1993), Milwaukee Brewers (1994), San Diego Padres (1995-1996), and the Detroit Tigers (1997). He played in 1248 major league games and had a .270 career batting average. Prior to being selected in the 8th round of the 1984 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox, Jody played college ball at Manatee Community College and Florida State University. He made his major league debut in 1987 and became the Red Sox starting shortstop in 1988. He finished 3rd in the Rookie of the Year voting in 1988 after hitting .293. In 1989 he switched from the shortstop position to second base.

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Part 2 of Jody Reed's series of tips on bunting stresses the importance of bat angle, grip and hand position, which will enhance player safety and build confidence, clearing the hand away from the hitting surface and stopping the all too familiar bunting a pop-up, increasing the chance of a successful bunt. This tip is a confidence builder for younger players.
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