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Bruce Levine On Rudy Jaramillo And Hitting Styles

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"It's difficult to change a player's style once he gets to the majors. Jaramillo did it with DeWitt last spring and it took DeWitt almost four months to absorb all of Rudy's philosophical teachings. It also DeWitt his job. My point is that once guys get to the big leagues they don't want to change because they feel empowered by having made it." This is something I've wondered for a long time -- whether big-league hitting coaches can really affect the patience of big-league hitters.. If Levine's right ... well, then I might rethink my harsh criticism of Rudy Jaramillo over the past couple years. I still don't think he's that good of a hitting coach, but Hendry clearly wasn't giving him patient hitters to begin with. Also, interesting comments about DeWitt.

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