Monday, January 16, 2006

The Adrian Beltre Anomaly

Seattle Mariners 3B Adrian Beltre's anomalous, monstrous '04 year - when he batted .334 with 48 homers and 121 RBI for the Dodgers - may be attributable to a purported minor injury that forced him to stay back on one foot and swing late through the zone, providing additional power, more contact and a right-line bias to his grounders and liners. Regrettably for Beltre, however, he recovered in '05 and was unable to keep from swinging as he has for most of his career, stepping forward and swinging too early through the zone.