Learn something new about hitting with A-Rod, Papi, Big Hurt (and some fancy graphics)

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Watch Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Frank Thomas and, Dontrelle Willis teach the essentials on a hitters approach with the help of some innovative graphics.

- My whole career, I always had the same approach. But against Justin Verlander after the second time I faced him, I said, from now on, I'm going to look down in the zone for the fastball. And that's the only chance I got against him.

I kept my eye level down here the entire time. Anything up here, I never would have off read it, because he would pound me in hard. but the only thing for a strike inside would be down. So one or two pitches a game. I was hoping to get that pitch the entire time against Justin Verlander.

ALEX RODRIGUEZ: And what part of the field were you trying to hit it when you got your fastball down?

- Well, with Justin, I was trying to hit-- for the first time, trying to hit over the shortstop's head, because the breaking ball is so great, you cannot-- you got to choose your poison when a guy's this dominant. And that's what you have with Walker Buehler. You got to look down in the zone, and try to split the plate, and try to make sure, as a right-hander, trying to look over the shortstop. Or if you want to zone him out and go opposite field, I would go opposite also.

- 97 up here. Folks, you dream about hitting that, but it's hard to get there. That's the impossible dream for a hitter right there, because this possible [INAUDIBLE] right here, especially 95-plus, 97 the way guys are throwing right now, it's hard to get on top of it.

We practice-- like, you guys know that we practice, try to get on top of the ball. We practice, but not at that level right there.

- Right.

- We try to get it from top of the ball to strike zone down here. But once he go up here a couple of inches higher, it's hard to match that.

- Now, show me your swing when you were coming at this ball. If this ball was coming right here, that's your swing. Now, if you don't mind showing me the modern-day swing of the young kids. How do they come at the ball now?

- Launch angle.

- So you see this angle right here, guys? I would say anything above this imaginary line right here, I'm going to leave it alone. And my eyes would focus down, because I knew if the ball was here or higher, it was unhittable, especially if there was some velo. If they're throwing 88-- nobody does that anymore, maybe in high school-- you're good, but you got to get the ball down.

- I got you to swing on that.