Most all major league players are known for big, strong hands, but that’s not the case for Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Despite being placed to the sixth man in the batting lineup, Pedroia explains that his hands may be tiny, but they are very strong.
Note Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, was one of the MLBs best and he had tiny hands, so whats the big deal? Dustin Pedroia weighs in on his hands being small…
LatinoAthlete.com explains that he may have small hands but he has “great hand-eye coordination.” But don’t take it from us, see what Dustin Pedroia is saying about his hands being tiny.
Dustin Pedroia Weighs in on his small hands:
He was recently asked if his hands were always small, here is what Pedroia is saying:
“Yes, but I’ve always hand great hand-eye coordination. Even as a kid, I was always able to make solid contact. The strength in my hands started to come when I was in high school. But it wasn’t until my sophomore year in college that I could really feel the strength in my hands. I was constantly doing hand-strengthening exercises and exercises for my forearms.”
When compared to other players, Pedrioa recalls when he met Robinson Cano about 10 years ago. He says:
“Oh, my God, I can’t believe how big his hands are. It was like he had a catcher’s mitt for hands. And he plays the same position that I do!”
When it comes to batting, Pedroia goes on to explain that his hands have never been a problem batting.
“No, because I hold the bat in my fingertips. I don’t have it lying in my palm. So, it’s actually a benefit, I think, to have small hands on the bat. But I am always working to keep my hands strong. We hold [weight] plates and stick our hands in rice barrels to develop strength. Swinging a bat every day is the best way to keep your hands strong.”
Pedroia who admits, “Hey, I’m a little guy, I’m not supposed to have big hands,” also says that he uses a smaller bat for better control.
“I use a smaller bat anyway, but it’s not because I have small hands. I use a 33 ½ (inch), 31 (ounce) bat. I could swing a bigger bat, but I like the control I have with a smaller bat.”
In additional news Red Sox manager John Farrell is changing Pedroia in batting lineup:
This week, Pedroia, who typically bats leadoff, will hit in the six hole for the first time in his career. Red Sox manager John Farrell decided to do a change up, so he’s replaced Pedroia with Xander Bogaerts batting leadoff. He
Here is why Farrell changed the lineup:
“Obviously over the last week, we’ve kind of scuffled for some offense. Look for ways to maybe get a little bit more running speed at the top of the order. Had a chance to talk with Pedey about this last night and today. Recognize this is the first time he’s been in the six hole. But still, as he’s working to regain his timing, this is where we’re at today.”
Currently the Red Sox are 26th in the majors with 78 runs, so before you think its a one day deal think again, Farrell said:
“I wouldn’t say this is a one-day deal. We’ll see how it goes. The fact remains, we’ve got a number of guys who are capable of hitting in the top third of the order. Say what you want about the last week, we know where we are, but they have the skill set to be almost interchangeable.”
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