Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Uribe's Woes Due To Little League-Level Issues

In a Dodgers.com article that also discussed Matt Kemp's All-Star Game availability as "in limbo", Dodger manager Don Mattingly also diagnosed the problems afflicting Juan Uribe's hopeless swing. According to Mattingly, even a seven-year-old could have figured this out:

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly held a tutoring session at the batting cage with struggling third baseman Juan Uribe during early batting practice Monday.

The mechanical flaw Mattingly targeted will be familiar to any Little Leaguer.

"He needs to keep his butt underneath him and the bat in the strike zone," said Mattingly. "His head gets in front and the bat drags behind. He's got to try to get that drag out of there."

Uribe, a former Giant, missed nearly a month with an arthritic left wrist, returning June 11. He's hitting .225 with one homer and 12 RBIs in 36 games on the season, and the Dodgers are known to be looking for corner infielders because neither Uribe nor first baseman James Loney are producing as hoped.

The problem is, that's a lot of butt for Uribe to manage. And if it hasn't happened in over a year and a half, why the heck do we think it's going to change now?


Hideo Nomo said...

"Cooooaaaach! Juan drank ALL the Capri Suns agaaaaiiiin!"