Geoff Jenkins To Help Ryan Braun With Move To Right Field
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Former Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder Geoff Jenkins plans to help Ryan Braun with his switch to right field this season.
Jenkins, who played in Milwaukee from 1998 through 2007, is in Maryvale, Ariz., for a week to serve as a special instructor to the Brewers. After playing six seasons in left field, Jenkins made the transition from left field to right field to make room for Carlos Lee in 2005.
Braun is in a similar situation this season. With Khris Davis exploding onto the scene in 2013, the Brewers traded outfielder Norichika Aoki to Kansas City and moved Braun to right field to make room for him.
While in Brewers’ camp, Jenkins intends to share his outfield wisdom with Braun.
“There’s obviously some different footwork out there, and you use the spin move more when balls carom off the wall down the line, and the throws from right field are a little lengthier,” Jenkins told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. “But at the end of the day it’s just about getting to the ball quick, releasing the ball quick and hitting the cutoff man.”
Jenkins also said the biggest different between right and left field is the way the ball slices on line drives. But despite that, Jenkins felt more comfortable manning right field.
“I actually thought right field was easier. Left field is harder,” Jenkins said.