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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

What’s going on with the Astros’ Jose Altuve?

Assuming Altuve is healthy, it seems like the only explanation for his sudden throwing struggles is what athletes call the “yips.” It’s affected many baseball players from Steve Sax to Chuck Knoblauch and is a mental block that makes routine throws seem impossible. That’s the diagnosis former Phillies shortstop and current TBS analyst Jimmy Rollins gave Altuve.

“His confidence is shot, you can see that when he has to make a throw, he has the yips,” Rollins said on TBS’s postgame show. “It’s happened to the best of us. It’s happened to me. It’s happened to anyone who has ever played this game. You can get the yips and there’s no real solid way to get rid of it.”

Astros manager Dusty Baker wasn’t willing to put a label on his star.

“I don’t know, I really don’t know,” Baker said after the Game 3 loss. “It’s tough to see this happening to such a great player and such a great guy. I don’t know what it’s called. You can go in a defensive slump the same way you can go in an offensive slump.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 14, 2020 at 09:09 AM | 48 comment(s)
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