Ted Williams may have invented this approach and definitely made it famous via his book. Williams was an incredibly disciplined hitter. He did not adjust to the umpires and anecdotal evidence suggests that umpires were less likely to call him out on strikes that were close because he knew the strike zone so well. I wouldn't count on any girl playing school or club softball to gain that kind of reputation, but employing the strategy of only swinging at pitches that one has the best chance to hit safely is certainly a good idea.I’ll bet he adjusted on a regular basis. All mlb players do. Do you think the umps today are any worse then they were at any time in history? Or do we as fans just have a box on the screen now that tells us if it’s a good or bad call. DiMaggio and Gwynn and all the other historically high walk to K ratio players had to adjust. Fans didn’t know because they didn’t have a box
As for Nick Swisher, he had several years in his career with more Ks then hits and never once had more walks then Ks. His knowledge of the strikes zone might have been high, but you cant
Tell by the results.