“We’re all looking for the same thing- we want competent players who are at the cutting edge of their ability. At the same time, we may go too fast, and each guy is a little bit different in the type of information that he can take in and utilize.”
Cody Bellinger’s first two years in the Big Leagues were as good as any player could hope for. However, Bellinger was not content. He was hungry
for more. He was disappointed by his year two performance and sought out instruction to improve his consistency, specifically looking to
strike out less. The results have been incredible.
“Yeah, I wasn’t going to coach, I was going to go to the FBI or CIA and go to grad school and do international affairs.”
Baseball is very much a game of routine; those routines, an integral part of a player’s individual development as well as a team’s culture and environment. Hitters get in the cage every day to get their swings right. Pitchers work in the bullpen every day to perfect their delivery. Teams take batting practice, get defensive work in, and run the bases. Every. Single. Day.
Despite a vastly unequal distribution of playing time in the game, most coaches still give equal weight and resources to all players in practice. The drawback of an equal distribution is
The best teams in sport aren’t always the most talented, but rather the clubs who collectively work together better than the rest as a cohesive unit, with everyone pulling the rope in the same direction. Of course, success requires talent. But as history has taught us, success goes beyond talent.
Baseball has the ability to wear and tear on a player’s mind, no matter their skill level. When this happens, which it will at many times throughout your career, it is important to be prepared to handle it properly.
Commonly overlooked, and often lost along the path to personal glory, good teammates are the foundation on which a winning culture is built.
“If you rely on stats or Twitter likes or those types of things to define who you are, you have no chance to be great, because you’re always putting your value in someone else’s hands.”
For eons, pitching coaches have talked about mechanics, command and control. Then came velocity and threw out all the old adages and wrecked the house. Today, it seems like everyone wants velo first, and then everything else as well. I am here to say that things are about to change again!