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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Matt Holliday: some batter's boxes are marked differently.

Holliday demonstrates hitting 03/25/17 mlb.com

On 30 Clubs in 30 Days, Dan Plesac joins Matt Holliday at Yankees' camp and learns how the new Yank approaches standing in the batter's box

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Plesac was a relief pitcher from 1986 to 2003, appearing in 1,064 games, although as a lefty specialist he threw only 1,072 innings. But he has plenty of experience watching games.

Holliday is a 37 year old righty batter with 7,489 plate appearances. At the start of the two minute, 34 second interview Holliday said, very matter of factly, something that astonished me but did not impact Plesac at all and the interview continued.

Plesac: Walk me through where you like to stand in the box ...

Holliday: ... some of the boxes are marked differently ... some boxes where you feel like the box is a little closer ...

Say what? You've got to be kidding me? Am I the only one who did not know this? And it's unclear if this varies consistently from park to park or whether it might even vary within a single park. Maybe it's just a simple mistake by the ground crew or maybe it's an attempt by a team to gain a competitive advantage. You know, cheat.

Are you surprised about this and do you think it's significant?

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