Adam LaRoche on Avoiding Slow Starts: ‘I’ve Tried Hunting More…Hunting Less’
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Baseball players are weird creatures of habit, but Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche is a notorious slow starter offensively, which has become something of legend throughout his 10-year Major League Baseball career.
After struggling out of the gate with a .136 batting average in the month of April this season, 2013 has been no different for LaRoche.
“You get in a little rut and that starts to snowball, and then a couple lucky hits and you’re right back out of it,” LaRoche told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Thursday.
By the month of May, LaRoche usually begins to break out of that “rut” and by June, it’s completely worked out of his system.
He’s just as dumbfounded about it as everyone else, and has tried tweaking everything each offseason to yield different results. Seriously, everything.
“I have tried hitting more in the offseason. I’ve tried hitting less in the offseason,” LaRoche said. “I’ve tried playing more games, more at-bats in Spring Training. I’ve tried hunting more in the offseason and hunting less.”
“I’ve tried about everything I know to try,” he added.
“The hard part is I know it’s nothing physical,” LaRoche continued. “It’s just for whatever reason, it’s getting in that groove, in that day-to-day grind and that groove mentally of going up there and being productive, and then it clicks and I’m okay for four months or whatever it is.
Tried and true, LaRoche stuck to his career pattern – save for the anomaly of last season when hit .271 in April – by breaking out with a .330 average in May, and hitting .292 so far through the month of June.
LaRoche went on to explain how the Nats vets “try to be original” with rookie hazing, like giving Anthony Rendon a mullet, and a nickname, the latter of which you can learn more about here, and also how he’d get after the runaway black bear in D.C.
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