At the beginning of the month Curtis Granderson was in the middle of one of the worst slumps of his career. Over the span of 11 games from July 30th through August 11th, Granderson was 3-for-29 (.103 BA) with just one extra base hit.
At that point he went to the Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long and figuring things couldn’t get much worse, Granderson asked for his help. So K-Long and G-Unit went to work on his swing. The three biggest things they did were: (1) eliminate excess movement. (2) shorten his swing. (3) move his hands to a position closer to where he makes contact with the ball. So far it’s a small sample size, but the moves seem to have paid off as Granderson is red hot right now:
6 G, 22 AB, 8 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 BB, 3 SO, .364 BA, .440 OBP, .727 SLG, 1.167 OPS.
Obviously he needs to keep this up for any of it to matter, but it’s a great start. I also have to give props to Granderson for not merely waiting for the offseason to put this kind of work into his swing. I have to think they’ll continue to do further work in the winter regardless.