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Friday, September 07, 2012

Henning: His home life rocked by tragedy, Max Scherzer soldiers on in finest year in Detroit

A very interesting profile. Scherzer has responded to a horrible tragedy by dominating the American League these past couple months. He’s always been a bit of enigma, but as Fangraphs noted recently, he’s hasn’t changed his approach or pitch selection much after his early season struggles. Is this the maturing of Max Scherzer into a frontline starter? Or just a good spell from a talented but inconsistent pitcher?

Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: September 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ecwcat Posted: September 07, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4229645)
But..but..Bill James and Ray say psychology and personal stories don't have an affect on performance.
   2. Addison Russell T. Davies (chris h.) Posted: September 07, 2012 at 04:04 PM (#4229651)
Well they wouldn't for *Ray*, obviously, since Ray hasn't installed his emotion chip. (He did once, but it didn't go well, especially for Geordi.)
   3. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: September 07, 2012 at 05:52 PM (#4229749)
1) Yikes, I didn't know about this.
2) The author's style is hard to read.
3) "His power package has been buffed and polished."
   4. Bob Tufts Posted: September 07, 2012 at 06:15 PM (#4229758)
Something this close to home and horrible may not actually hurt a player's performance on the field. Being at the park with teammates acts as a shiva-like environment - and getting on the mound and dealing with the mental and physical requirements of pitching helps to keep the pain at bay until you leave the ballpark and go home.

   5. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 07, 2012 at 06:38 PM (#4229766)
i feel for the young man. an incredibly difficult and traumatic event (stating the obvious i know)
   6. Enrico Pallazzo Posted: September 07, 2012 at 07:03 PM (#4229779)
I recently had to help the family of a good friend of mine. My friend desperately needed treatment for serious mental health issues. It's been a very difficult time for our friends and I can't imagine what it's been like for his family. There seems to be a lingering stigma attached to mental health problems in our society despite how many people they affect either directly or indirectly. It's unfortunate that we know so much about them and yet there is so much about psychology that we do not, and may never, understand.
   7. The Well-Tempered Javier Vasquez (loungehead) Posted: September 07, 2012 at 07:52 PM (#4229797)
I agree with Bob. I had something similar happen very early this year, and spending time involved in physical activity (mostly jogging or bicycling) has been pretty dang therapeutic for me, time spent with a clear head that isn't just stewing over the #### life handed out. Since Scherzer is way more of a competitor than I ever have been or will be, I'd be somewhat surprised if such an effect weren't magnified for him.
   8. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: September 07, 2012 at 10:35 PM (#4229858)
Wow, I had no idea about his brother. How horrible.
   9. Rough Carrigan Posted: September 07, 2012 at 10:50 PM (#4229873)
#1, not sure why you need to make that dumb and obviously false remark about Bill James. He's never said any such thing. He has, in fact, said the opposite. I forget which player it was but in the write up of one of the guys on the 1933 Senators he notes that the poor guy saw a terrible traffic accident death on his way to the park for one of the World Series games against the Giants that year and was so shook up he had a very bad game.

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