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You often hear players, coaches, and parents talk about “sacrifice” from a baseball standpoint…5am workouts, lifting after a long day of school and practice, driving to the middle of no where on a weekend to compete, putting away those video games to train, etc.   While, sure, that 5am workout isn’t easy, we aren’t leaving our families for years at a time and sacrificing our lives like our veterans have done for us.    Happy

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First off, let’s define what a “loser” actually is. A loser is someone who doesn’t work hard, is a bad teammate, makes excuses, acts entitled, and quits, among other things…but I think that’s a pretty good start.    Being a “loser” has NOTHING to do with your win/loss record or your batting average. Nothing.   Now that we’re on the same page, here’s another quote that I noticed this past week (but totally forget who

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Here’s a tweet that caught my eye this past week from the Mariners Director of Player Development, Andy McKay (he’s a big deal)…     So if someone that high up in the MLB is telling his players this, shouldn’t it be even MORE true for younger players?   YES!   And that’s just another reason why you hear me talk negatively about GameChanger and traditional stats in general…because they don’t tell the whole story

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So for you that don’t know, my wife and I had our first kid this past Tuesday! Brette Spangenberg…healthy 8lb 2oz baby girl!   As I’m talking to other people about their kids, inevitably, one of the first things people talk about is the baby’s weight at birth. Brette weighs in slightly bigger than average, so I found myself thinking, “ha my baby is bigger than yours!”, as people told me about their babies who

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Pretty sure the title gives this post away… One of the reasons we are SO focused with numbers (winning/losing, batting average, ERA, etc.) is because of the ease of use. I’m hitting X so I’m better than everything hitting less than X. I won 2 games today so I’m better than everyone who won less than 2 games. Clean and easy. However, it’s dead wrong. “Success” today doesn’t guarantee “success” tomorrow. Take batting average for

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Whether it’s picking teams or talking to families about the college recruiting, this situation commonly comes up…   There is a player (gamer) who is not as physically gifted, but is performing well vs a player (projectable) who is more physically gifted, but to this point, has not performed as well…what player do you choose?   It’s certainly a tough question and there isn’t one answer that is always correct. There are pros and cons

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As baseball players, we are always told to be tough.   Wear it. Don’t rub it. OR rub some dirt on it are all common phrases that you’ll hear during a game.    It’s the nature of the sport. There are no dives or flops in baseball.   However, there are things that happen to us that will hurt much more than a 90mph fastball to the back.   All of us will be hit

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Have you ever watched a player that played with the utmost confidence? The way they carried themselves on offense or defense…or heck, even walking…you could just tell that they oozed confidence. It doesn’t matter the situation, the competition, or the stakes…they are THE guy and everybody watching knows it.   Do you wish that was you? Thought so! Well here’s how…it’s actually very simple…   Simple, yes. Easy, absolutely not. Want to know how this

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We’ve all heard, read, or witnessed, first hand, how failure can ruin a career. That’s a pretty common topic in the baseball circle right? But you know what else can ruin a career? Success.   Yes, success.   We’ve all experienced success…whether it be having a big weekend at the plate, making “the” team, or committing to a legit college. It comes in all shapes and sizes. However, there is a problem that comes with

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Don’t hit it! Far too often I’ll see players, coaches, teams, parents, etc. panic after experiencing a little failure.   Whether it’s a bad AB, a tough weekend, or a lousy practice all that really matters is whether you learn from the experience and put a plan in place to improve.   Unfortunately, instead of a productive response and plan of action, I’ve seen these to be common reactions… Pointing fingers Allowing negatively in to

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