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Control What You Can Control


One of the old adages in baseball is to control what you can control.

  1. If you are playing baseball and signed up to play baseball, then you didn’t sign up to umpire.  So don’t try and umpireYou can’t control the umpire so it is a waste of your effort.
  2. If you are pitching and you execute the pitch in the right location that you intended and the hitter gets a hit, don’t get mad.  You cannot control the outcome.  Focus on the process, which is you did your job.
  3. If you are hitting and you get a good pitch to hit and you line out to the shortstop, don’t get mad.  You can’t control the outcome.
  4. If you are on base and you read a ball in the dirt and try and take an extra base and you get thrown out, don’t get mad.  You can’t control the outcome.  You were aggressive and made an aggressive read and that is right.


Baseball is so difficult, and so much of this game is out of our control.  We concentrate on too much that is out of our control.  A hitter is measured by “hits” which are largely uncontrollable.  Pitchers are measured by “wins” which are largelyuncontrollable.


We worry about umpires, the field, the mound, the bat, and the fans too often.  Just control what you can control.


Here is a short list of what you can control

    1. Effort
    2. Attention
    3. Attitude
    4. Preparation
    5. Support


None of the things I listed will be seen in the box score, but do these things well.  Control the things you can control and I promise the game will be enjoyed.

Until Next Time,


Before You Get in the Batters Box

Mental Preparation Before You Get in the Batters Box

My rookie year I’m playing for the Minnesota Twins and we’re facing the great New York Yankees. Yes the great New York Yankees. I’m facing Andy Pettitte and I’m nervous. For me to have any chance to succeed, I need to be confident, I need to be focused and I need to have a plan.

So in today’s lesson we’re going to talk about what happens before we get in the batters box. Too often, at bats are won of lost before you even step in the box. If you’re not clear what you’re looking for, If you’re swinging at his pitches. We need to be clear about what we want to do. So let’s formulate a plan. First off, you need to know yourself. What do you do well? Do you like the fastball? Do you like off speed pitches? I didn’t. I liked the fastball.

So I wanted to look for the fastball in the zone that I handled well. For me that was the ball middle away. I want to look for the ball there. I want to look for something hard in that zone. I don’t want to look for what he wants to get me out with. He’s going to beat me if I swing at his pitches. I want to look for my strength. Pitchers make a lot of mistakes. Let’s capitalizes on those. So we want to look for a pitch in our zone. For me, mine was right here. I wanted to look for the ball in this area. I didn’t want to swing at these other pitches because that’s how he wanted to get me out.

So now that we know what we are looking for, we need to make sure that we’re confident. We need to be sure that once we step in this box, we are 100% certain we’re going to succeed. If you walk up here with doubt, you might as well not walk up here with the bat at all. That bats already over at that point.

We need to be confident in our brain. At bats are won or lost way to often because of confidence of lack of confidence.
There’s going to be times you’re not quite so sure of yourself, but when you step in this box you got to be clear. That takes place in the on deck circle. That takes place before you get in here. Once you get in here, we can handle one thought and we got to be focused and confident. So the next time you step in the box, be clear, have a plan, be focused and have a great game.

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