The 11 Weirdest Batting Stances in Major League Baseball History

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The 11 Weirdest Batting Stances in Major League Baseball History
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Needless to say, Kevin Youkilis' batting stance is one of the strangest to date.


It's been written about countless times. There have been far more movies produced about it than any other sport—unless, of course, you consider zombie hunting a sport.

No matter how many times the grand ol' game is written about, it will never be enough. There are just too many story lines and far too much history to quench our appetites.

One of my favorite aspects of the game is the way it lends itself to idiosyncratic impulses. When it comes to pitching motions, batting stances, even fielding technique, it's all good—as long it's effective.

Can you imagine if an NFL quarterback tried to release a pass like the Baltimore Orioles' recently acquired Darren O'Day? Actually, come to think of it, I wouldn't mind watching Tony Romo incorporate a crow-hop if it enabled him to magically cut down on his interception rate.

Regardless, there is no greater freedom than the style in which a batter chooses to stand while he awaits a pitch.

For the most part, nearly every MLB ballplayer has a similar stance: feet shoulder-width apart, middle of the box, bat on shoulder or slightly north, small leg kick to load up before swinging and then let it rip.

Others, however, impart a batting stance that is far from "textbook." Here's a look at some of the weirdest batting stances in Major League Baseball history.

Just a heads-up: This list is by no means comprehensive, and I welcome any comments about some players you think are deserving of inclusion.


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