Throwback (Sort of) Thursday- The Beautiful Swings of Mike & Carl Yastrzemski

Written By: Tyler Zupcic

Mike Yastrzemski of the San Francisco Giants Delivers One of the Best Moments of the 2019 MLB Season

The First Yastrzemski

If you even remotely call yourself a baseball fan, you've hopefully heard of Carl Yastrzemski. "Yaz" as he is most known by, played 23 years with the Boston Red Sox, 18 of those as an All-Star. Here is a list of Yaz's other accomplishments:

  • AL MVP (1967)
  • Gold Glover Winner (7 times)
  • Batting Champion (3 times)
  • 3,419 Carrer Hits
  • 452 Career Home Runs

To top it all off Yaz was the Triple Crown Winner leading the league in Batting Average, Home Runs, and Runs Batted In in 1967. He is one of 11 players to have his number retired by the Boston Red Sox.

Yaz had one of the sweetest swings of his generation, which led to his high production and massive power. His simple yet violent left-handed stroke helped guide his career all the way to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.

The Next Yastrzemski

This article just isn't about Old-Man-Yaz. What baseball fans at Fenway Park witnessed last night was Yaz 2.0.

Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of Carl, is an outfielder for the San Francisco Giants. A successful one at that, already amassing 20 home runs in his rookie season in 2019. Check out this cool moment of the younger Yaz hitting a home run at Fenway Park.

Much like his grandfather, it is his left-handed swing that has propelled him to be one of the best rookies in Major League Baseball.

Of course, outstanding genetics have led both Yaz's to be successful professional hitters. But what exactly do they do that makes them so great? I wanted to use this segment to breakdown both swings and show why they are such great power hitters and what you can learn from them to apply to your swing.

Video courtesy of MLB.

This article and video is for educational purposes only. The creation of this content does not imply that the Baseball Rebellion has worked directly with either Yastrzemski. Yes, we have to write this. 

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Great breakdown, I loved seeing both Yastrzemski’s swinging. One of my earliest memories of being a Red Sox fan was when my dad somehow scored us two bleacher tickets to game 2 of the 1975 ALCS against the defending world champion Oakland A’s. Being only 10, the “bleacher creatures” of old Fenway were both scary and funny. The drunk guy sitting on the bench in front of our bench was dogging Yaz, “bum”, “too old”, “washed up”, etc. In the 4th inning, down 3 – 0, Yaz came up with 2 on. https://youtu.be/EvY-0pDAceE As soon as Yaz hit that ball,… Read more »