Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Leigh Steinberg: It Isn’t How You Play The Game, Its Whether Or Not You Win

Hep up, Mitch Williams! Hitting, pitching and now desperation are contagious.

The stunning offensive collapse was so stunning that the Yankee fans were booing their own team and many failed to show for the last home game.

How is this performance possible with a talented and veteran group? First look to motivation of the players. Next to team chemistry. Clearly pitchers like Mark Verlander are overpowering, but all playoff teams have tremendous pitching. Most hitting is mental. What players tell me is necessary is a quiet mind-the ability to tune out all distractions and past failure and focus solely on the moment at head. Desperation can be contagious.

The Yankees have A-Rod under contract for five more years at premium dollars. After being benched in the most critical games can he fit back into the team structure. Will he want to? Will his teammates trust him? Will the harsh glare of New York fans and media make his continued tenure untenable? Would the Yankees absorb the financial penalty necessary to get another team to assume his contract in a trade?

The off-season for the Yankees will be as intriguing as their playoff performance. There is little tolerance for dramatic failure.

Repoz Posted: October 28, 2012 at 07:05 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: yankees

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. TerpNats Posted: October 28, 2012 at 07:31 AM (#4285766)
That Mark Verlander is overpowering, all right.

To Mr. Steinberg: There is little tolerance for bad copy editing.
   2. Benji Posted: October 28, 2012 at 07:42 AM (#4285767)
Mark Verlander is so overpowering they won't let him in the major leagues. He's teammates with Sidd Finch.
   3. adenzeno Posted: October 28, 2012 at 07:58 AM (#4285769)
Most hitting is mental


THAT is why Mays and Aaron retired......
   4. Walt Davis Posted: October 28, 2012 at 08:11 AM (#4285770)
I wonder what Steinberg's opinion is on the MVP debate between Sam Trout and Erin Cabrera.
   5. BDC Posted: October 28, 2012 at 09:22 AM (#4285776)
There is little tolerance for dramatic failure


Plodding, incremental, inexorable failure is fine, though. {/fishbarrel :)
   6. Mayor Blomberg Posted: October 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM (#4285826)
that stunning misnaming of Verlander was so stunning.
   7. Gonfalon B. Posted: October 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM (#4285840)
Most hitting is mental

AKA the ability to focus solely on the moment at head. Combine that with smart, hands-up play and you can't lose.
   8. KT's Pot Arb Posted: October 28, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4286120)
I can't wait until the Kate Upton column on how overpowering Rod Verlander is.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: NBA Monthly Thread - April 2014
(342 - 6:25pm, Apr 19)
Last: NJ in DC

NewsblogSeidman: Velocity talk angers Papelbon, who cites Halladay
(7 - 6:24pm, Apr 19)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogBryce Harper benched for 'lack of hustle' despite quad injury
(6 - 6:24pm, Apr 19)
Last: KT's Pot Arb

NewsblogOT: The NHL is finally back thread, part 2
(149 - 6:21pm, Apr 19)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogChase Utley is the hottest hitter in baseball and has a shot at .400
(43 - 6:19pm, Apr 19)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogOTP April 2014: BurstNET Sued for Not Making Equipment Lease Payments
(1720 - 6:18pm, Apr 19)
Last: Bitter Mouse

NewsblogSCD: Bobby Cox Rookie Card Goes from Common Box to Hall of Fame
(9 - 6:11pm, Apr 19)
Last: Pat Rapper's Delight

NewsblogDoug Glanville: I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway
(350 - 6:11pm, Apr 19)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogNYT: Sandomir: When Swastikas, on Caps, Meant Luck
(9 - 6:09pm, Apr 19)
Last: bobm

NewsblogCesar Cabral tossed from game, from team
(21 - 6:06pm, Apr 19)
Last: Walks Clog Up the Bases

NewsblogGleeman: Mets minor league team is hosting “Seinfeld night”
(159 - 5:51pm, Apr 19)
Last: Joe Bivens, Minor Genius

NewsblogOMNICHATTER FOR APRIL 19, 2014
(55 - 4:39pm, Apr 19)
Last: Rickey! In a van on 95 south...

NewsblogRosenthal: MLB likely to adjust two rules: plays at home & transfer catches
(11 - 3:35pm, Apr 19)
Last: bobm

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread March, 2014
(913 - 3:32pm, Apr 19)
Last: nick swisher hygiene

Newsblogmets.com: Through hitting system, Mets aim to build winner
(6 - 2:36pm, Apr 19)
Last: The District Attorney

Demarini, Easton and TPX Baseball Bats

 

 

 

 

Page rendered in 0.0938 seconds
52 querie(s) executed