Unique is one word to describe the batting stance of Coastal Carolina’s designated hitter Alex Buccilli and yet even with that stance he is able to produce for Coastal Carolina and according to the schools official site, Buccilli currently ranks second on the team in home runs with three, ranks third on the team in doubles with eight and average at .313 and ranks fourth on the team in hits (36) and rbi (20). Buccilli is a redshirt junior who sat out the 2011 season after transferring from the University of Oregon and started his college career at Frederick Community college before arriving at Oregon for the 2010 baseball season.
According to Yahoo Sports article by Kevin Kaduk, Buccilli says “”At first they’re like, ‘What are you doing? You need to go see a chiropractor. Is your butt itchy? I hear a lot from the fans and stuff, but it’s all process and routine.” That process and routine has certainly helped him to have a solid season so far.
While Buccilli may lay claim to one of the most unusual stances there’s also been a number of current and former Major League Baseball players who have had an unconventional batting stance. The names include Phil Plantier, Kevin Youkilis, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Counsell, Ichiro, Carl Crawford, Nomar Garciaparra, Aaron Rowand and Munenori Kawasaki come to mind when describing unique stances. Yet, it’s not just batting stances that can be different, a pitchers windup can also deviate from the norm.
Yet, out of all those stances and windups, Buccilli may have the most unique stance that baseball has ever seen.