<b>CF -- New York Yankees</b><br />
Granderson underwent a lot of work to refine his swing, with much help from Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long. And the work paid off in a big way. Granderson put together an MVP-worthy season in 2011.
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In particular, he'd had trouble picking up the ball against left-handers. Granderson entered the season with a career .215 batting average against lefties, but he was determined to change his approach in order to get better results.
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Granderson begins with his weight almost entirely over his back side. His hands start in a pre-loaded position, with his chin nearly touching his closed front shoulder. He looks ready to explode into the pitch.
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Granderson does not pick up his front foot and move it forward. Instead, he merely lifts his heel, which will eventually come back down to the ground as his weight shifts forward. The idea is to minimize movement and maximize efficiency.
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Granderson's hip turn begins as his front heel hits the ground. Now his leg is beginning to stiffen, allowing him to get good torque as he starts accelerating his hands toward the baseball.
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As Granderson brings his hands down toward the ball, the bat is traveling at tremendous speed. He is already up on his back toe as his body uncoils. His weight has shifted to the middle of his body, which enhances his ability to generate power.
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Granderson makes contact out over the plate. His body is in an upside-down V position, his head is down and over the middle of his body, which indicates balance, and he has achieved full extension with his bat.
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As Granderson follows through, he won't finish high over his back shoulder, as most players do. But no one can complain about his results. Granderson finished with arguably his greatest offensive season and, at the very least, his best since 2007.
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Granderson led the Yankees and set a career high with 41 home runs, second in baseball to Jose Bautista (43), and drove in an American League-best 119 runs, another career-high mark. He also scored a MLB-high 136 runs.
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His most significant improvement came against left-handers. Once considered a liability with a southpaw on the mound, Granderson performed better against lefties (.944 OPS) than he did against righties (.902 OPS).
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Curtis Granderson

CF -- New York Yankees
Granderson underwent a lot of work to refine his swing, with much help from Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long. The work paid off in a big way. Granderson put together an MVP-worthy season in 2011.