We continue our Q&As with Chris Davis, who talked last week about some of his thoughts as the season approaches. Here goes:
Q: How have you gone about preparing for the 2010 season?
A: Every since I was old enough to play baseball, I’ve played it year round. Last offseason, at the end of the 2008 season, I took until Jan. 1 off before swinging a bat. I think it really affected me getting that feeling back and getting comfortable. It took me a while to get it back. I think this offseason, I took two weeks off and picked up a bat and started swinging and doing a few things a couple of times a week. It helped me keep that feel I had at the end of the season. Plus, I was working on some new things, so I wanted to iron out the kinks and be ready to go for spring training. I think it’s going to be a big benefit for me going into the season.
Q: What lessons can you apply from last year for 2010?
A: The biggest thing for me is to keep a positive attitude and keep a clear head. That’s something I was able to do for the most part was to stay positive and not just totally get down on myself. It was hard coming in here every day knowing I was in a slump and knowing that I might not break out of it, that it might be two or three more weeks. I now know I’ve been through the struggles and learned how to adapt. I have a foundation and something to go back on. Before that, I hadn’t really struggled a lot in the minor leagues and didn’t really have any idea how to get myself out of it.
Q: Anything in particular you are working on?
A: Just my bat path. I think last year it got real up and down, like an uppercut swing, and I was missing pitches out over the plate that I don’t usually miss. I think lowering my hands has really helped me a lot. You saw the results of that when I came back. I think the thing is to keep my bat path level because when I do that, everything else works out. When I’m going right and I’m going good, I’m using all fields. I’m not trying to pull the ball. I know I have the power to hit home runs. The big thing is to make contact, put a good swing on the ball and hit it where it’s pitched. I want to be patient. It’s something I’m looking forward to doing in spring training and during the season.