The Game Changer Trap

By Ken Spangenberg 1 year agoNo Comments
Anddddd I’m back! Thank you to all those for the kind words! Now let’s get back to business…
I was talking to a group of players this weekend about what their goals are for the season and unsurprisingly, all of them mentioned some type of stat…batting average, ERA, and strikeouts being the most common answers.
What is the potential problem with all of these stats? There are a ton of factors that can influence these numbers and should NOT be used as an indicator of how “good” or “bad” you’ve been playing.
Think about this…you can absolutely crush ten line drives and they can all be outs. You just went 0 for 10. You can get jammed and get ten weak base hits, going 10 for 10. Which is really success? The ten line drives!
You could take the ball in the first round of the playoff game and beat the best team in the tourney, but only strike out 2. Or you could pitch against the worst team and K 13. Which is really better? The playoff W!
No college coach is going to be excited about you going 3 for 3 with three weak hits. They’re going to be excited about hard contact. 
They’re going to be excited about you going out on the bump, competing your tail off against a loaded line up, and giving your team a chance to win. 
They’re going to be excited about you having the baseball IQ to make a dirt ball read to put yourself in scoring position.
“Success” doesn’t always show up in the stat line. Focus on what you can control. Focus on what will take you to the next level. Be obsessed.
Ken Spangenberg
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute
  Baseball, Wellness
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