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mcliffy2 wrote:Anyone else worried that his attitude really isnt condusive to him improving (or maybe the right phrasing would be, becoming less erratic). Maybe its not so much bad luck, as him not learning from his mistakes. I read the post-game interview, and I hear him make the same excuses people are making here..."I pitched well, but I got unlucky"...compare that to the real professional pitchers who are never satisfied and trying to figure out what they can do to improve. he seems satisfied with a bad result if he can justify it by saying he pitched well. Results matter, maybe he should figure out what he can do to improve (even if its as simple as saying, hey coach, im tired, or hitting the gym for some squats). I think he is incredibly talented, but you have to put that together with mental toughness to win consistently, and his post game comments from the last game worried me.
johnsamo wrote:Personally, I think pro ballplayer (for longevity sake) have to have a "I did my best, I lost" attitude. Guys that get wound up in knots over an 0fer or a bad inning pitched usually don't last long. Confidence is a major factor in long term performance.
Read Billy Beane's Money Ball some time. It's a great book for a lot reasons, but also for Beane's story as a player. He was a young stud who had physical talent up the wazoo and was used to winning and excelling, as soon as he hit the minors, all the sudden he started having Ofers and it totally broke his confidence as a player... That's one of the reasons he developed his theory that you should only draft college players, because you'll at least know they've taken a few knocks and kept on playing, but with 18 year old kids from the sticks who've dne nothing but rake or throw shutouts, suddenly hitting a talent pool where you're not the biggest kid on the block can destroy their confidence and they don't always get it back.
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