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This Gif image was just too good to pass up! From the looks of things, I gather this action took place at Metropolitan Stadium, from the 1976-77 period. It perfectly illustrates why Rod was so difficult to defense: his ability to take an inside pitch to left field was extraordinary. You see from the motion how he got his hands out in front, and thus "inside-outed" a pitch on the inner half the other way.
|The Magician With A Bat At Work - See this fine MLB blog Story on his 1977 bid for .400|
Lovely illustration of that rhythmic Carew swing!
As good, old Herb Carneal said, "...and the count rides along."