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Jim Abbot

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I know it's weird, but what did Abbot do when he had to swing the bat? Any videos around? Did he always try to bunt for a hit?

From a technical stanpoint, Abbot held the bat in his left hand in a traditional batting stance while balancing the upper part of the handle of the bat over his right wrist. It was similar to the way Kevin Youklis sets up with the bat where he's not actually holding the bat with his top hand, but instead letting the barrel rest on the thumb of his open hand. As he went into his swing, he would keep the handle supported on his right wrist while tucking in his lead elbow, putting a lot of "body" into the swing. It was basically a very sound swing.

On another note, Abbot was also an accomplished bunter. In fact, I actually have one of his baseball cards where the picture is of him bunting and not pitching for the Angels.

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Jim Abbot

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I know it's weird, but what did Abbot do when he had to swing the bat? Any videos around? Did he always try to bunt for a hit?

From a technical stanpoint, Abbot held the bat in his left hand in a traditional batting stance while balancing the upper part of the handle of the bat over his right wrist. It was similar to the way Kevin Youklis sets up with the bat where he's not actually holding the bat with his top hand, but instead letting the barrel rest on the thumb of his open hand. As he went into his swing, he would keep the handle supported on his right wrist while tucking in his lead elbow, putting a lot of "body" into the swing. It was basically a very sound swing.

On another note, Abbot was also an accomplished bunter. In fact, I actually have one of his baseball cards where the picture is of him bunting and not pitching for the Angels.

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Stieb was one of my favourite pitchers when I was young, watching him in that jersey hurt...

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Jim Abbot

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I know it's weird, but what did Abbot do when he had to swing the bat? Any videos around? Did he always try to bunt for a hit?

From a technical stanpoint, Abbot held the bat in his left hand in a traditional batting stance while balancing the upper part of the handle of the bat over his right wrist. It was similar to the way Kevin Youklis sets up with the bat where he's not actually holding the bat with his top hand, but instead letting the barrel rest on the thumb of his open hand. As he went into his swing, he would keep the handle supported on his right wrist while tucking in his lead elbow, putting a lot of "body" into the swing. It was basically a very sound swing.

On another note, Abbot was also an accomplished bunter. In fact, I actually have one of his baseball cards where the picture is of him bunting and not pitching for the Angels.

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Thats the one. 1991, before I was born.(its easy to find 90's cards at dollar stores)

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That's gotta be a rare shot. An AL pitcher batting pre-Interleague Play?

I wonder if this was an Exhibition game, or just some crazy late-game scenario where the DH got pinch-hit for or was unavailable or one of those deals.

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That's gotta be a rare shot. An AL pitcher batting pre-Interleague Play?

I wonder if this was an Exhibition game, or just some crazy late-game scenario where the DH got pinch-hit for or was unavailable or one of those deals.

It was taken at Dodger stadium, so it may have been a Angels-Dodgers two game series before the season started, which was common before interleague.

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That's gotta be a rare shot. An AL pitcher batting pre-Interleague Play?

I wonder if this was an Exhibition game, or just some crazy late-game scenario where the DH got pinch-hit for or was unavailable or one of those deals.

It was taken at Dodger stadium, so it may have been a Angels-Dodgers two game series before the season started, which was common before interleague.

According to Baseball Reference, Abbott never made a plate appearance for the Angels, so this must have been some kind of exhibition.

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That's gotta be a rare shot. An AL pitcher batting pre-Interleague Play?

I wonder if this was an Exhibition game, or just some crazy late-game scenario where the DH got pinch-hit for or was unavailable or one of those deals.

It was taken at Dodger stadium, so it may have been a Angels-Dodgers two game series before the season started, which was common before interleague.

According to Baseball Reference, Abbott never made a plate appearance for the Angels, so this must have been some kind of exhibition.

Look at the dugout in the background that is Dodger Stadium

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That's gotta be a rare shot. An AL pitcher batting pre-Interleague Play?

I wonder if this was an Exhibition game, or just some crazy late-game scenario where the DH got pinch-hit for or was unavailable or one of those deals.

It was taken at Dodger stadium, so it may have been a Angels-Dodgers two game series before the season started, which was common before interleague.

According to Baseball Reference, Abbott never made a plate appearance for the Angels, so this must have been some kind of exhibition.

Look at the dugout in the background that is Dodger Stadium

But it has to be at least the 3rd inning and there are fans there so...

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Why would Topps go with that picture for a pitching who basically never batted? Seems odd.

Same reason why Schumakers topps card this year has a squirrel--- the novelty of it.

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Zack Greinke (belongs in these)

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I'll disagree about Zack Greinke in black. The Royals wore black for about half of his time there, and he was there for more than half the years they wore the black.

When he first came up he seemed to wear the black jersey a lot when he pitched -- that's almost the first jersey I think of when I think of him. I don't know if that was his choice, but I don't think the black jersey or road jersey with black trim is the wrong jersey for him at all.

I'd go so far as to say he is the first player I think of when I think of the Royals in black.

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Landon Donovan for the San Jose Earthquakes

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Keith Tkachuk as an Atlanta Thrasher

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Ryan Fitzpatrick as a St.Louis Ram

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Ed Belfour as a Florida Panther

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Raffi Torres as a Buffalo Sabre

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Tkachuk was a Thrasher? Where was I for that? Though Donovan as a member of San Jose isn't that weird to me. Those Nike uniforms are miles better than any Adidas kit they've ever worn

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