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[Don Slaught] had looked so lethargic while stuck in a slump that four days ago hitting coach Chris Chambliss suggested he choke up on his bat. "I tried it and didn't like it," Slaught said.
Chambliss then suggested that Slaught use a lighter bat. Slaught abandoned his 34-inch bat and adopted the 33 1/2-inch bat of Morris. "I don't know what the difference in weight is," Slaught said, "but it's made a difference."
Chambliss said he made the suggestion because he noticed that Slaught "just wasn't getting through the ball with enough bat speed." So Chambliss offered a tip he said he often employed late in a season. Chambliss said he would drop from a 33- or 34-ounce bat to a 31-ounce bat in September.