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Ah, Jack Clark, the only baseball player my mother couldn't stand.
“I’ve seen Shawn Green leaving the clubhouse with a bunch of acne on his back and I walk past him (and say,) ‘Hey Greenie, see you later.’ He turned around to me and said (stammering) ‘I have an irritation.’ I said,’ I didn’t ask you (about the acne), I just said ‘See you later.’”
“I like Albert, he’s a friend of mine,” Clark, now 57, said.
‘Hey Greenie, see you later.’
In Shawn Green's book he said his breakout years were due to his Zen-like approach to hitting the ball off a tee and visualizing it during games...
I'm cool with that. I don't think Torre deserves it on the merits. But, I wouldn't have more tan a half dozen Mgrs. in Cooperstown anyway.
At this point they should stop inducting anyone into the Hall of Fame. Just the players from the "good old days" are allowed in. Modern players clearly don't belong next to saints like Gaylord Perry, Ty Cobb and Cap Anson.
“That’s one reason why I don’t want to coach, I can’t stand it,” he added. “I can’t stand to coach the guys that are cheating and faking, (are) phonies and frauds, for a game that I love when guys played it the right way and guys like (former Braves standout) Dale Murphy can’t get into the Hall of Fame, a quality guy and a great player and an MVP.
As well as a prime architect of the Collusion Era ...
...and the end of the Commissioner as servant of all factions of baseball.
You guys might want to consider Connie Mack as well
"I was too stupid to think of using steroids and now I'm bitter about it."
But, bacne. I guess bacne - a not unusual condition for a young male, especially one who is an athlete and is around gyms and locker rooms -- proves all.
Verlander fastball velocity via Fangraphs Pitchf/x
I've become a little wary of some of these readings and that was ample confirmation of the validity of said perspective.
Rayburn looked like he was bringing it. Lots of players can throw around 90.
#27 and #30:
You guys might want to consider Connie Mack as well
Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
Hate to break this to you, buddy, but there's at least tangential neuroscience to back up the "visualize success" theories of concentration and performance. The human animal is a weird, weird thing.
I used visualization techniques during my college and professional playing days. One of the bigger proponents of the process is Dr. Bob Rotella, who worked with basketball players re: free throws and a few PGA golfers re: putting.
Rayburn looked like he was bringing it. Lots of players can throw around 90
Thinking clearly and positively about an action, especially a physical action that requires repetition of biomechanics over and over again, is generally a small net positive on outcomes.
The human animal is a weird, weird thing.
Why do you think Pujols juiced? Because his plantar fasciitis came back? Because he's declining as a 34-year-old? Really?
I would guess that out of the 11 or so position players on a team, there are a couple that could hit 90. They do play baseball for a living and most have to do some sort of throwing. You're in a blowout and you want to bring someone in to pitch, who are you going to pick? The guy who can throw 90 of course. Pure selection bias.
I agree, but it's unlikely that visualization techniques accounted for Green's 40 points of OPS+.
Which isn't to say that Clark is right, but that Green's personal explanation (per Repoz) is implausible.
We are just beginning to learn about how the brain acts, defends itself from disease and hopefully in a few decades how to treat the most aggressive brain cancers. Embrace science and do not reject it.
Matt Weiters has a cannon, one of the best arms in the sport, and was a college closer.
Flipping the script, you can look at Ankiel's outfield arm - which is impressive - and look at how hard he threw as a pitcher.
I detect in the comments a subtle bias against anything that is supposed to naturally help one's focus and abilities (visualization) as somehow being weak and not macho. You can use amphetamines, but that would be wrong, wouldn't it? Working out one's brain in the same natural way one would work out body muscles (without steroids) should be a laudable goal.
It's interesting to read all the negative stuff about Clark at the beginning of the thread and the dismissal of what he has to say based on personal feeling . I feel like you could put "Canseco" in there for nearly every one of those posts and make this a thread from 8 years ago.
When Jack Clark was on the Padres, he hated Tony Gwynn. He even took a Tony Gwynn action figure and hung it by the neck in Tony's locker.
I thought the translation was more along the lines of "I'd LOVE to coach, but nobody will hire me, so now it's just sour grapes for me, thanks."
In 1981, if Jack struck out or left a runner on base to end the inning, he'd be mad. The veterans in the Giants bullpen all made me play catch with him then. Hurt my hand every time!
Thank you to Andy, Eso, and Bill Madden, for making this all possible.
I presume Pujols is not going into the HOF.
There's no ####### way Jack Clark was a -4.3 WAR RF defender from 1979-82. Epic, epic fail. Immortal fail.
That would be cool; though, personally, I would love to see one (or more) of the players named by Clark slap him with a lawsuit, and then watch Clark do like Curt Shilling did in front of Congress and admit that he was just talking out his ass.
Albert Pujols preparing lawsuit against former #StLCards slugger Jack Clark for accusing him of steroids use #Angels
If Roger Clemens hadn't sued, his reputation would have taken an irreparable hit from the media.
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