“I just said the heck with it,” Jeter said. “I wasn’t going to think about it. … Before you’re trying to think about where your foot is and you’re trying not to move it, and it’s just too much to think about. So today I tried not to.”
Buster Olney confirmed that scouts have told him that Derek Jeter has gone back to the swing that made him a future Hall of Famer.
This is a bit shocking just because the work he did with Kevin Long late last season seemed to pay dividends, but after working with the new swing all offseason and spring Jeter didn’t feel comfortable at the plate. So he went back to his old ways. It’s really hard to argue with Jeter as he’s had a lot of success in the past and after playing one way his entire career it was hard to believe he was just going to change over night.
There is also no reason to believe that it was really his swing that let him down in the first place. Instead it probably had a lot more to do with his age which, unfortunately, Jeter can’t help. We’re just going to have to hope that he can still get it done, new swing or not.