Palmeiro's swing 'fluid' from start to finish

Rafael Palmeiro, the newest member of the 3,000 Hit Club, has a swing that's beautiful and produces great power.

Originally Published: July 16, 2005
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

Hitters use the first round of batting practice every day to loosen up, to stretch tired muscles and ease their way into the day's work. They flip the bat at the ball, the handle loose in their hands like a yo-yo. For almost every hitter, the hard work of the swing -- the effort, the strain, the violent explosions -- starts in Round 2, as they start to create the force needed to drive the ball.

But for two decades, Rafael Palmeiro has looked as if he's in the midst of that first round of ...

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