White Sox’ Jake Burger hits home run, credits wife for ‘mechanical fix’

“She was really proud of it, so I have to give her some credit,” Burger said.

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The White Sox’ Jake Burger homered against the Oakland Athletics in the seventh inning Sunday

The White Sox’ Jake Burger is congratulated by his teammates after homering against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

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OAJKLAND, Calif. — Jake Burger’s home run power had diminished of late and he had been fighting a slump.

So what’s a good wife to do?

Ashlyn Burger knew what to do. She looked at some video of her husband from a game in which he hit two home runs, compared it to a recent game and noticed a difference in his stance.

“I have to give credit to my wife because I sent her some video to see what she felt was wrong,” Burger said Sunday after hitting a 442-foot home run against Rico Garcia in the White Sox’ 8-7 win against the Athletics. “She wants to get the credit so I’ll give her some of it. Just a mechanical fix. I felt a lot more like myself today.”

A tweet about Burger getting help from his wife drew a huge reaction, including this one from Ashlyn: “You just gotta look at that booty baby!”

Burger, who has taken over regular third base duties since Yoan Moncada went on the injured list, was taken out of manager Pedro Grifol’s lineup Friday after playing in 21 straight games and hitting .102 with one home run, one RBI and 19 strikeouts in his previous 13 games. He pinch hit and singled against the A’s Friday, and after going 0-for-4 Saturday, Burger was 2-for-4 including the homer on Sunday.

“Even the series I had three hits, all over 105 mph and when I’m doing that, that’s the type of game I play,” Burger said. “I feel like I’m trending in the right direction.”

Thanks in part to Ashlyn, who obviously talks hitting with her husband more than some wives. Burger couldn’t suppress a broad smile talking about her.

“She drew a diagram of my stance [Saturday] and when I hit the home run against [Rays pitcher Zach] Eflin back at home [April 28],” Burger said. “She drew a diagram and everything, she was really proud of it so I have to give her some credit.

“Been going through it for a couple weeks now so it was good to feel myself today. I was feeling what I was feeling about a month ago.”

Burger’s production was good enough to warrant some chatter about an outside shot at being an All-Star as a designated hitter, and Ashlyn campaigned for him on social media. But his hitting dropped off.

After Sunday, Burger was batting .220/.273/.520 with a .793 OPS and 18 home runs, which rank second on the team. The homer Sunday was Burger’s first in eight games and second in 16.

“There was definitely an issue with where I was setting up, I was a little too upright the last two weeks,” Burger said. “She drew kind of lines to depict where my body, my center of gravity was leaning. Yeah, so I have to give her the credit for that.”

It wasn’t the first time a Sox wife came to the aid of her husband. In 2021, Kristi Hendriks told Liam Hendriks he was tipping pitches in a bad outing against the Yankees.

“Turns out she was right, which pisses me off to no end,” Hendriks said at the time. “She’s always right.”

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