In 2004, Rowand hit 46% groundballs and 35% flyballs. Given the launching pad of Comiskey, this translated to 24 HRs.
In 2005, Rowand hit 52% groundballs and only put 28% in the air. This was the lowest flyball rate in his career. Not surprisingly, he only hit 13 HRs.
Does anyone recall hearing Rowand talk about a different approach at the plate, with regards to putting the ball on the ground more? His strikeout and walk rates were about the same in 2004 and 2005, so the approach didn't differ there. But I think some of power sap might have been due to more grounders. Any thoughts?