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Thursday, September 05, 2019

Sarris: Why doubt and uncertainty are crucial to modern player development – The Athletic

True this.

“There are a lot of things that probably don’t matter that we think do,” Seattle’s pitching coordinator Max Weiner said last month. “Our whole goal is to educate, not to dictate. So when you’re trying to create a sense of safety and belonging, and you’re a jerk and you’re saying do this, and your words are firm and brash — which we’ve all fallen victim to, I’ve definitely done it myself in the past — it’s really difficult. But if you offer up a sense of an option and you inform them and the decision becomes their own, it’s much more meaningful and it comes back to the quickest versus the most sustainable change. A lot of patience has to be involved.”

“The most successful people I’m around have an aura of confidence but also a paranoia of what am I missing,” Haines said about how doubt plays into a good player development process. “If you start thinking you’ve got all the answers, you’re starting to fall behind.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2019 at 10:54 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TomH Posted: September 05, 2019 at 12:54 PM (#5876956)
without an Atlantic subscription, I will say off of the snippet here: This is one big key to successful decision-making in life.
   2. Itchy Row Posted: September 05, 2019 at 01:18 PM (#5876964)
Max Weiner avoids jerks.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 05, 2019 at 03:09 PM (#5876987)
Yeah, it's easy for Max Weiner to be that modestly self-confident. I bet Min Weiner uses a different style.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: September 06, 2019 at 02:16 AM (#5877064)
I'll take "mystique and aura" over "doubt and uncertainty" anyday. Those must be the two worst stripper names ever.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 02:04 PM (#5877180)
Really good piece. Really encouraging to hear so many people in baseball say stuff like "we're getting better at figuring this stuff out but we still don't know everything."

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