Ranking the Ugliest Swings in the Game of Baseball
Baseball is a beautiful game.
From the sights and the sounds, it's something that many young kids dream of one day playing for a living.
However, there are some ugly things about the game.
While it's easy to point to bench-clearing brawls and scandals, I'm going to look at certain swings from certain players.
Most MLB players earned their spot in the big leagues—there's no doubt about that.
However, some have some of the worst swings in the game and are just tough to watch.
Here's a look at the ugliest swings in baseball.
7. Travis Hafner
While Travis Hafner seems to have a fluid swing, take a look at his right elbow.
He's raising it at just the last second for the swing.
If he doesn't get that elbow up fast enough, he's in trouble.
It's worked for him at times, but it's especially hurt him the last two years as he has a .234 average.
6. B.J. Upton
The Atlanta Braves signed B.J. Upton to a five-year, $75.25-million contract this offseason.
However, he's had his struggles at the plate, batting .158 with six home runs and 12 RBI.
While the video shows Upton hitting a home run, notice his front foot and the double tap he does.
It's something he didn't have during his time in Tampa Bay.
This year, it's forced him to be late on fastballs, ranking him ninth in baseball with 71 strikeouts.
He has recently started to show signs of improvement in his swing, but until he gets rid of the double tap, his swing will look ugly because he's missing a lot.
5. Jason Giambi
The one thing you have to look at with Jason Giambi is how low he occasionally goes to get balls.
I'm actually surprised he hasn't had more back issues with how exaggerated his swing is.
Then, you look at his follow-through and see how it's all over the place.
There is nothing the same about his swing, just more of a "whatever happens, happens" look to it.
Regardless of his bad mechanics, he's still one you'd want to come up in a pinch-hit situation with the game on the line. His power potential far outweighs his poor mechanics.
4. Jonny Gomes
What makes Jonny Gomes swing ugly is not only how he brings his left arm to almost in front of his face, but everything he does before being ready.
He touches his face a few times, then his helmet and back to his face; really, it's just too much.
There's so much extra that goes with his approach at the plate.
When looking at his swing, he has a good center of balance, but it's still a little much of bat wagging.
3. Kevin Youkilis
When looking at Kevin Youkilis' swing, it's amazing he can generate the power that he does.
His feet start out so close together and his right arm is almost over his head.
It's a very awkward stance that develops in a great approach once he steps into the pinch.
His wrists look awkward, but he's managed to be a successful hitter over the course of his career.
I guess the old saying that "if isn't broke, don't fix it" works here.
2. Prince Fielder
Let me preface this by saying that in no way does this discount what Prince Fielder does at the plate.
However, the Detroit Tigers first baseman has one of the ugliest swings in the game.
Fielder hits with so much power and is looking to tear the cover off the ball each time he hits. I would go as far to say that he has one of the most violent swings in the game.
After he swings, his follow-through causes him to lean back more than it should. I'm actually surprised he hasn't fallen back a time or two.
1. Ike Davis
Ike Davis may have been demoted to Triple-A on Sunday, but that still doesn't preclude him from this list.
ESPN's Mark Mulder describes it best in this video:
From a pitcher's point of view, when you watch him hit, he looks uncomfortable. He doesn't look like he has a stance that he likes. There's a ton of movement. He's moving back-and-forth constantly in the box. As a pitcher you see that and you know that somewhat you can take full advantage of that.
His approach is good with his stance and hand placement.
However, as the pitch comes in, his hands drop a lot.
That hurts him and is a reason why he's not making consistent contact.