Jose Canseco Breaks Down Major League Baseball's Greatest Showmen

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Jose Canseco Breaks Down Major League Baseball's Greatest Showmen
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Wherever I can play or wherever I can coach, the one thing I can help is bat speed. And bat speed is power.

That's what I want to teach: the importance of the correct swing angle and how it affects bat speed. 

When I played, my swing was ferocious. I never necessarily tried to hit home runs, but I did try to demolish the baseball as hard as I possibly could with the fastest swing I possibly could. When I think of current guys who play like that, I think of Prince Fielder—he has the purest aggressive swing but he does so with great bat speed and power. 

I think, in baseball, one of the biggest challenges is how to channel the power and use it correctly. In my day, I think that Mark McGwire had the most powerful swing in baseball. I mean, when we hit baseballs, we could just demolish them. 

Now, guys like Fielder who are so aggressive and so big—I mean, he's a big kid and swings with an uppercut—are entertainers. They put up huge numbers and are quite the showmen. 

Here's my take on a few of current big-swinging big-leaguers. 

 

Jose Canseco is currently a designated-hitter/outfielder/manager for the Yuma Scorpions in the North American League. Canseco played in Major League Baseball from 1985-2001 and was a six-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion. Follow Canseco on Twitter at @JoseCanseco

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