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Hitch vs Trigger

June 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Hitting

It’s amazing how good statistics can alter the perspective of announcers and other baseball people.  Barry Bonds,

The "trigger" of Barry Bonds

although controversial, is one of the all-time greats in the history of the game.  However, his

The "hitch" of Ike Davis

swing had a very noticable “trigger” where he dropped his hands and then brought them up before taking a swing.  Current Mets first baseman Ike Davis on the other hand is a batter who has a noticable “hitch” in his swing.  Critics contend that this “hitch” prevents him from developing consistency due to timing problems related to having too much movement.  What’s the difference between the two?


A hitch and a trigger are the same thing.  Both are down and up movements of the hands prior to the batter swinging to the ball.  If you hit like Barry Bonds you are said to have a “trigger.”  If you hit like Ike Davis (currently batting .170), the same movement is called a


Now do you understand the real difference between the two?

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