Polanco providing example to follow
MIAMI — A number of young Marlins hitters should be paying close attention to Placido Polanco.
During a rough start, especially offensively, Polanco is an example to follow.
The 37-year-old has been Miami’s best hitter early, and he is doing so batting in an unfamiliar spot. Manager Mike Redmond has asked Polanco to bat fourth, not so much as a power threat, but as seasoned contact-hitter who can offer some protection behind Giancarlo Stanton.
In Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Braves, Polanco had two hits — a double and RBI single. On Wednesday, he led off the second inning with a double off Mike Minor.
Polanco’s RBI single in the eighth inning off lefty Eric O’Flaherty is something the young Miami players should take notice.
What was his approach to shortening his swing and poking the pitch to right field?
“Each at-bat is different. Each pitcher is different,” Polanco said. “You have to make adjustments. I have in mind what he throws, and go with the pitch. It just depends. This guy [O’Flaherty] has a very good sinker. If you try to pull it, you are going to roll it over. Chances are, I’d roll over it. So I really tried to go the other way. It paid off.”
Were the rest of the young hitters watching?
— Joe Frisaro