Watching the Phillies, and specifically Phillie right fielder Jayson Werth, has lead me to a conclusion.
Jayson Werth had a great year. A stupendous year. A gargantuaslly-wonderful year. During the regular season, he smashed 36 homers, with a leaky .268 average. He whiffed 156 times, and had a .506 slugging percentage. For an all-star, all-time slugger, these are average statistics. Here's why it will never, ever happen again:
After reviewing a substantial amount of replays, I have come to the conclusion that Jayson Werth's swing is built around the same fundamentals that Richie Sexson's was. Check it out yourself. Look for the similarities in the swings:
The only difference in these two swings is that Sexson gets his bat around a little faster.
Just as a reminder, here's what happened to Sexson:
One year, he batted .263 with 39 homers, very similar to Werth, then he went ka-bloom!
The next three years, he acumulated 67 homers, and a measly .235 batting average, with 340 strikeouts. Now, he no longer plays baseball.
I said earlier, the only difference in between these two swings is bat speed: Werth's slightly lower bat speed only means he will fall worse.
Trust me, Phillie fans: Jayson Werth is a one year wonder. Start shopping him, now.
I'm sure people will not agree with me. If you don't, feel free to comment. But I've got all of the evidence I need: Werth's swing.
It's been a great ride, Jayson, but you're going to have to exit the rollar coaster.