In the baseball world, there are two types of hitters. Those who pad stats and those who get better. Hitters who pad stats save their mental and physical energy for below average competition. Here are three things you want to avoid when you try to pad your stats.
No. 1 – Failure
Hitters who pad their stats want to avoid failure. For some, failure makes them stronger, while for others it makes them weaker. Ironically, baseball success is based on failing a lot. For example, failing against great pitching will bring about some wisdom, especially if you’re under the guidance of a great hitting coach.
No. 2 – Making adjustments
Hitters who pad their stats want to avoid making adjustments. Making an adjustment is simply doing something different that will lead to positive outcomes. Some hitters get comfortable with their routines and don’t want to be forced to do anything different. But the higher you go up the ladder, the more competitive baseball gets, especially because pitchers can repeat their delivery more often.
No. 3 – Being the center of attention
Hitters who pad their stats want to make sure they are the center of attention. Great hitters aren’t insecure. They know their role and don’t have to be the topic of discussion. Great hitters are determined and are only afraid of what won’t happen if they don’t try to do what’s deemed difficult.
Hitters committed to getting better rely on productive at bats to lead to their success. Productive at bats are based on hitting a ball hard regardless of the outcome, executing an offensive situation (advancing a runner, etc.), drawing a walk or seeing six pitches regardless of the outcome.
Here are three things that are gained by maintaining a “better attitude.”
No. 1 – Peace of mind
Hitters who focus on getting better gain peace of mind. They understand that baseball is a game of numbers that plays to their favor. If you have a productive at bat 50 percent of the time, you will get a hit 30 percent-40 percent of the time. That’s peace of mind.
No. 2 – Help from others
Hitters who focus on getting better receive help from others. Everyone enjoys being around people who are open for help, especially for a game of failure like baseball. You don’t have to do everything that’s suggested by everyone, but there’s never anything wrong with learning new perspectives on how to hit.
No. 3 – Getting better
Hitters who focus on getting better always will get better. Remember: You get out of what you put into something. Since the beginning of time, those who work smart earn the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labor. You won’t be successful by cutting corners and avoiding failure, making adjustments and being the center of attention.
Remember: Good hitters don’t work hard; they work smart.
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C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an area scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, CJ has more than 12 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J Stewart has a proven system of development and track record of success that can work for you.