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Baseball’s upward trend is leaving some players grounded

July 10, 2017
The New York Times /

The new conventional wisdom in baseball is that hitters are more effective when they adjust their swings to increase the launch angle of the ball when it leaves the bat. Doing so produces more fly balls that can turn into doubles, triples and home runs. Many players, including Josh Donaldson and Yonder Alonso, attribute their success to this new trend. Nevertheless, this tactic doesn’t work for every player.