That Sheffield swing

Just about every player’s swing is distinctive, but there are a few around baseball that you really remember, that stand out in your mind both for how they look and how they produce. Gary Sheffield has one of those swings. Really, between that bat waggle and the sudden speed with which he turns on pitches, he might have THE distinctive swing.

Sheffield’s batting practice wasn’t one of those home-run derby performances you would think, because there’s a purpose to his hitting work. But to watch his swing up close on a practice field is a sight. You know his swing isn’t going to be the same on the first day of full-squad workouts as it will be come the regular season, but you can still see what’s different about it, and you can tell his wrist injury from last year hasn’t changed that. And when he unleashes that swing on a ball and pulls it over the left-field fence, you know why he can send a ball that far.

Other items from Wednesday:

  • Leyland enjoyed watching Sheffield, but he was raving about Curtis Granderson, who was spraying the field with line drives. Granderson said he’s trying to eliminate unnecessary motion from his swing and gain some quickness. He’s still a little closer to the plate, but it’s not as big of an emphasis as before.
  • Wonder why we keep saying Sean Casey is such a good character guy? He saw Marcus Thames trying to take ground balls at first base with a stiff new glove, and he gave Thames one of his backup gloves so that he’d have something worn-in to use.
  • Every player has reported to camp. The only notable absence Wednesday was Tony Giarratano, who Leyland said was having his shoulder checked out.


Hey guys, missed you all over the long offseason! First post of the new season, and I might as well start off with the biggest news of the Tigers’ offseason: Sheff.

At first, I didn’t want this trade to happen. He’s getting old, the wrist injury, can be a bad chemistry guy, etc. however now I’m glad it did. We have enough young pitching that we didn’t need Humberto (unless he turns into Roger Clemens or Greg Maddux I suppose). We DID need a big bat in the lineup, and I hope like **** Sheff can be that guy. He’s been with Leyland before and won the whole darn thing; hopefully those results will repeat.

Good know that his swing is looking healthy! Wrist had me worried until I read this. Looking forward to another GREAT Tigers season!

Go Tigers!

Good to have Sheff. All we need to do now is get Ichiro next year…

Hey Jason, Thanks for answering my question about the former player at camp. With all the talk about Granderson at the plate and his strikeouts is there any talk about him be more aggressive on the base paths (stealing, turning singles into doubles, ect.)?

Yes. That was actually part of the story online at the Tigers site last night.

i hope sheffield does good in detroit he was the only player i feared in the ny lineup when they played the red sox i am from boston i like his attitude he is a good ball player and he will flourish under lyland he has already won a world series with him i do not care for torre he plsys to many favorites his day in the sun is done he should have stepped in during the hissy fight between arod and jeter and straighten it out no he lets it fester the yankees will not win the world series this year either i like the tigers and the mets my red sox maybe third place gary sheffield made a smart move by going to the tigers he fills a power whole for them plus as a dh he probably stay healthier he will be very happy in detroit i look for a good year

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