"I'm really impressed with what I've seen," Collins said. "His swing is absolutely, completely different than it was last year. He's really quited down all the action he had at home plate. He knows he needed to do it. The batting practices are outstanding. He's hitting a lots of balls to center field, left-center field."
Save it, Terry. I appreciate the positivity and, while what you say may be true, it's not going to matter until we see Ike hit real pitching. Frankly, it's probably not going to matter until we see Ike hit real pitching in real games through the first few weeks of the season, and even then I'm not sure most fans will believe what we're seeing. It's the hole he has dug. I hope he fights out of it, rips the cover off the ball every day and reestablishes himself as this team's bonafide first baseman. But, until that happens, talk of level swings and batting practice home runs will only matter in the context of his confidence, which is the true root of the overall problem.
Here is full audio of Collins talking to reporters in St. Lucie on Saturday:
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