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What Do Sadaharu Oh And Jeff Bagwell Have In Common?

Neither of them have been in my kitchen.

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But other than that, the two also faced a similar problem coming up: hitting from stances that were considered awkward and unusual at the time. Pitchers And Poets took a gander through some old newspaper articles and generally researched the heck out of this really neat piece about the two of them:

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One or eight; all or nothing,

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When faced with failure, Sadaharu Oh chose the batting stance that embraced nothing. Bagwell's stance incorporated all, every muscle fiber, every available point of tension. Perhaps on some subconscious level, Bagwell, realizing that there was no use in struggling against the pressure of external forces, projected that struggle inward, allowing the forces that would otherwise sink us to press against each other until they achieved a kind of balance.

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Bagwell's path to success was the inverse of Sadaharu Oh's.

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Bagwell, of course, went on to have a Hall Of Fame career with the funky batting stance, even if some new age McCarthyists want to keep him from getting recognized as such. 

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Just goes to prove an old cliche right: don't fix it if it isn't broken.

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