So how did this happen? How did Lillibridge turn into the Lilli-Hammer or the Lilli-Hurt? Let’s start with his hitting, and the coach who he credits for helping turn his career around: Greg Walker.“If it wasn’t for Walk, I don’t think I’d be where I’m at,” Lillibridge explains. “Two years ago, after my first year when I was hitting .158, and I was just lost, mechanically more than anything, he said, ‘Let’s work on things in the off-season,’ and we totally redid my swing to get a feel for what was right. Now it’s been a 2-3 year process and it’s come to fruition.”
Remember the Lillibridge of old, who used to stand in the box looking like he was playing wiffleball, swinging (and often missing) for the fences?
“I’ve always been told that since I was in college.”
He’s not missing so much anymore. But is there some truth to it?
“It’s just my mentality. I want to hit the ball hard,” Lillibridge said. “I’m not trying to hit the ball over the fence, I just don’t want to cheat myself. When my swing is right, I can swing hard and still be under control, hitting to right field, center field. But when things are off, and you’re swinging at the ball hard, you’re not going to be able to do anything with it.”
June 4, 2011
Brent Lillibridge loves Greg Walker
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