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But (key point), swing rate does not imply predetermination. Readiness to swing on different counts is another story, which as the article shows, also depends upon what type of hitter you are.

simply put, there are counts and situations where the batter can be more aggressive, or conversely, more defensive. But the actual swing depends upon the pitch.

complicating matters, professional hitters, particularly the better ones, can spoil pitches, fouling them off if they don't think they're going to get it. In effect, negating a swing, especially with two strikes.

Count (and game situation) is a key factor, but the equation looks like, "I'll swing if i can do something with it."

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by Crazy Horse on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 04:37:01 PM EST
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