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?
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 and they aren’t necessarily predictors of long term success.
That’s why, as coaches, players, and parents, we need to focus on doing and rewarding things that will be play at the next level of baseball and not get to caught up in what is “working” or not working right now.
For example, hitting the ball on the ground to the left side of the infield at 13U will result in a lot of “success”. Players aren’t used to the distance of the throw, don’t have great range, and struggle making that play at a high percentage.
Now, fast forward to the MLB (where the yearly fielding percentage is typically around .984)…hitting that same ball will not result in much success. At all.
Hit the ball hard. Make quality pitches. Compete. And if things don’t go your way…work on being mentally tough enough to get right back in the game and attack the next pitch. That’s a formula that will help you be successful in the long term. Be obsessed.
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute