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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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