What makes Gwynn such a great hitter? Says Padre batting coach Rettenmund, "His two calling cards are how early he gets his swing started and the pace at which he does it. He just starts out slow, he does not accelerate, and the rest just takes care of itself." Here Rettenmund scrutinizes the sweet stroke.
"His head seldom moves from the setup to the swing's finish."
"His balance is so good, he can use a wide stance."
"He can open up his shoulders, stay on top of the ball and hit it to left."
"He can get his hands in front of the barrel of the bat and still get the barrel around."
"He drives off his back foot against a firm front side."