I previously posted the “Home Run Drill” that Yankees hitting coach, Kevin Long, came up with and used with Robinson Cano, and now here is a look at Cano’s hitting mechanics that were recently on display in the 2011 Home Run Derby. At the :56 mark, there is a good side view in super slo- mo:
A few things that I really like:
1. The way he moves against his back leg
2. The position of his upper body
3. How his bat gets on and stays in a really great swing path
It’s not easy to have a short swing and create bat speed at the same time, but this is a pretty good example of what it looks like.
Here’s another video interview (link to previous post) with New York Yankees’ hitting coach, Kevin Long. This one is from Yankees Magazine during spring training of 2008 and includes some impressive praise from players (including Hideki Matsui, Jason Giambi, Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada) and especially manager, Joe Girardi. There’s also footage of guys like Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Johnny Damon.
This gives some good insight into the thought process of both players and coaches. There’s also a little info in there about the Yankees’ pre-game batting practice routine (similar to the David Wright bp video).