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 Post subject: Amazing Clemente Fact
PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:32 pm 
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Heres something you dont hear about every day...

Prior to the 1961 season, Bucco hitting coach George Sisler got Roberto to use a heavier bat in order to slow down his bat speed.

I dont know about you guys, but I find this nothing short of amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: Amazing Clemente Fact
PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:49 pm 
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Yep, Roberto always claimed he could have hit more HRs "if he wanted to".


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 Post subject: Re: Amazing Clemente Fact
PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:45 am 
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I'm sure he could have hit more HR's if he wanted to, but he was smart. Playing his home games in the Grand Canyon...err...Forbes Field, he would have generated more outs.

Living in the Northwest, I get to see Ichiro play a lot. I have always said that he is the most "Clemente-like" player in this era. (Wild swing that seems to always make contact, strong arm, great sense in the field). He too, could hit more home runs, if he tried. Watching him in BP is amazing! He jacks out a ton of balls with ease. Now I realize a 65MPH BP Fastball is nothing compared to live pitching, but he has the power if he needs it.


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