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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pirates president Coonelly: Criticism of fundamentals, development personnel “overblown”

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday On The Giger Counter Radio Show.

Team president Frank Coonelly believes much of the criticism was “overblown” and also gave a vote of confidence to assistant general manager Kyle Stark, who has come under heavy scrutiny for his handling of the minor league system.

“When we struggled at the end of last year, there were a lot of things that were overblown, in my opinion, because people were rightly frustrated and disappointed in the major league team’s play over the last two months,” Coonelly said on my radio show Tuesday while attending the Curve Booster Club’s annual members-only dinner at the UVA Club.

...Coonelly made one declaration during the banquet that pleased the crowd.

“[In] 2013 we are going to play meaningful baseball, not only in September, but next year we plan to do it in October,” he said.

... Then Coonelly addressed what he thinks is the issue, and his words sounded at least in part like an explanation for Stark’s highly unusual implementation of a military-type training regimen for minor leaguers after the season.

“It’s mental conditioning,” Coonelly said, “the mental toughness that is more of an issue than the player hasn’t been drilled, hasn’t been trained on these things, doesn’t know how to do them.

“It’s performing the fundamentals of the game in the highest pressure situation, and so we continue to work with our players throughout our system ... teaching them how to perform well under pressure situations, how to control their emotions, how to be mentally and physically tough so that when they face the adversity, whether it be in the minor leagues or when they come up to Pittsburgh, they’re prepared.”

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2012 at 09:19 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mike Emeigh Posted: October 31, 2012 at 02:23 PM (#4289354)
And yet one of the biggest criticisms of the Pirates' young players is how poorly they execute fundamentals...

-- MWE
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 31, 2012 at 02:33 PM (#4289369)
And yet one of the biggest criticisms of the Pirates' young players is how poorly they execute fundamentals...


Just think how bad they would've been without the training!
   3. Joe OBrien Posted: October 31, 2012 at 06:00 PM (#4289553)
Do these players really feel pressure rolling tires or carrying logs or what have you? Is that more pressure than playing a county championship in high school?

These exercises aren't about pressure. They're about executing during adverse mental and physical conditions. They're great for the military, because the military has to operate any time, any where. If Al Qaeda and the Taliban agreed to schedule all conflicts for 1:05 on weekends, 7:15 on weekdays and 12:35 on getaway day the military wouldn't need to train like this.
   4. void*** (SC) Posted: October 31, 2012 at 06:09 PM (#4289558)
These exercises aren't about pressure. They're about executing during adverse mental and physical conditions. They're great for the military, because the military has to operate any time, any where.

And baseball players need to perform and not be distracted at Dodger Stadium with a vicious crowd and half-blind umpires, let's say a couple of rain delays too. And an attractive streaking woman. At the dollar-hotdog night.

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