Can the Mets Use a Mental Coach?
If you are a Mets fan, you are all-too-familiar with:
– Mike Pelfrey’s “yips”
– Oliver Perez’s “Jekyll and Hyde” routine
– Frequent mental lapses on the bases and in the field
– Team-wide choking that led to late-season collapses in 2007 and 2008
– Finger-pointing and under-the-bus throwing by players
These issues were running through my mind while having a conversation with Jim Fannin, a “mental coach” whose client list includes MLBers such as Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, Casey Blake, Alex Cora, Carlos Delgado, Barry Zito, and many others. You can listen to the published podcast of this conversation at my baseball instruction website, OnBaseball.com. Could the Mets benefit from hiring someone to help with their mental preparation?
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