If you can hit you can play!
It's a simple idea, but couldn't be more true. There will always be a spot in the lineup for elite hitters, regardless of age or level of competition. Today's top hitters are always working to harness their skills. There really is no off-season when it comes to hitting.
With that being said, there is a difference between working on being a better hitter and working on robotic mechanics that hold you back. When a new hitter comes in to work with me it's very easy to determine who has been force fed bad mechanics. It is easy to identify the player who gets the foot down way too early, chops down at the ball and blames every mishit on a mechanical flaw. The truth is I've had many young hitters come in and have a more mechanically efficient swing than a lot of older guys. The reasoning behind this is the young kid is doing what is natural. Attacking the baseball at a slightly uphill angle with good rhythm and arriving on time. Essentially being an athletic hitter. The older hitter, on the other hand, has been told over and over again to focus on cues that just flat out aren't efficient. Some of these cues include" swing down", "hands to the baseball", and my favorite is that every timing flaw could simply be fixed by "getting the foot down".