Saint Obama either was channeling Ty Cobb in this Southern Illinoisan photo or he doesn't know anything about baseball. The last player I know of who used a "split grip" on a baseball bat was Cobb nearly 100 years ago.
If this was a Republican wonderkind (does the media allow them?) looking like such a doofus at our national pasttime, it would get attention across the country. Since it's the Messiah, I'm sure it will pass quietly.