In just 13 games this season, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been quite the offensive powerhouse. Many would say Gonzalez is showing glimmers of the player he was when he was with the San Diego Padres. In the prime of his career, Gonzalez was regularly hitting 30 home runs and 30 doubles a season. Although he was able to produce similar numbers in his first season with Boston, the first baseman hit just three home runs with the Dodgers in 2012 and 22 in 2013.
Gonzalez has already hit five home runs in 2014, and this impressive production is not by accident. The 31-year-old attributes his improvement at the plate to working on a better finish for his swing. In having a higher finish, Gonzalez says that the balls he makes contact with will have much more carry, which has proven true within just the first few weeks of the season.
Although Gonzalez has homered in four straight games, the first baseman was not off to a hot start, but he maintains he never panicked. The veteran commented to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that when a player has been around the league for as long as he has, panicking is never an option because a player should learn to trust his routine and his preparation. This calm demeanor seems to have paid off, and due to the change in his finish, it seems that Gonzalez’s success at the plate will not be a temporary occurrence.
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