wildbill wrote:I think the homerun derby messing up swings is a myth with no real basis in fact. It's doesn't look much different then batting practice. Does batting practice mess up swings? If you really think it can mess up swings then you have to conside the opposite, that it can improve swings. Some players, like Howard last year, actually improve after participating in the HR derby. I think and major change is simply coincidence.
I'm hopeful that Vlad's dingers increase because of winning the contest, but that's ^ right... there's no basis for the contest affecting their totals in the 2nd half. But, I can't help but thing there's a mental aspect to it... gaining more confidence, being pissed off because you had a poor showing, etc, etc. It's a stretch to think so though.