The Yankees would prefer Jacoby Ellsbury hit the ball - not the catcher’s mitt.
As such, batting coach Alan Cockrell has been working with Ellsbury on moving his contact point 3-4 inches more in front of his body.
Ellsbury set a major-league record last season by reaching base an unfathomable 12 times via catcher’s interference.
“I’ve never seen a guy hit the catcher’s mitt like he did,” Cockrell said Thursday. “I think when (Jacoby’s) contact point was maybe three, four more inches more out front from where it is right now, he can stay on balls. We’re not looking for power production, but he can be a very, very productive hitter.”
I’m not sure they should take away the one skill Ellsbury has left.