Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Slumping Sox need to rethink approach
By Bruce Levine
The early-season struggles of Gordon Beckham and Brent Morel continue to be focal points, and some of the Chicago White Sox coaching staff are throwing extra batting practice every day in an attempt to get them out of their slumps.
Part of the solution is to get the two young infielders set with a plan of attack in each and every at-bat.
“I think when you go up to the plate you have to have a plan,” manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s been said before, it is better to have a bad plan than no plan at all. It is [about] an approach of a guy going up there -- you can’t swing at everything and hope something is going to happen. That is a part of practicing and becoming more comfortable with what they are trying to do to you.”
Morel and Beckham are not on the verge of losing their jobs, however a better hitting approach is expected of them.
“They may think that [they could get benched] but we are a group of 25 guys so it is one of those things we are going to figure out,” Ventura said. “It is an approach to become comfortable with and I’ve been through troubles before like that when I was playing. So it is a process, I am patient and I believe in them and that they will figure it out.”
Coming into play on Tuesday night Morel was 2-for-his-last-16 at-bats and Beckham was 2-for-his-last-19 at-bats.
“Part of [Beckham’s] process is trying to start the year proving last year wrong,” Ventura said. “That is not the case. We are worried about what we are doing now and becoming confident and aware of this year, rather than what has happened the last couple of years .”