Monthly Archives: July 2010

Jul 20

The 100 Pitch Barrier: Is it Arbitrary?

By Dan Blewett | Tommy John Surgery

It’s the 5th inning, and your starter hasn’t been overly thrifty with his pitches. He has 1 out so far in the inning, and just threw his 88th pitch. What is the fate of this pitcher on this hypothetical day? If it’s 2010, chances are that a reliever is stirring in the bullpen, and this […]

Jul 11

No, We’re Not From Around Here

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

There’s something to be said for being who you are, no matter what. Not many people can stay true to themselves when faced with social situations into which they surely do not fit. Compromise on something else. My team, for example, contains guys with a crazy assortment of backgrounds. Vegas, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, everywhere […]

Jul 08

Don’t Try To Be, Be

By Dan Blewett | Mental Training

When I was a freshman in college I looked up to our upperclassmen; they were bigger, faster, stronger, and knew the game better than I did. They helped the younger guys, passed on wisdom, and exuded an experienced confidence that I lacked. When I became a senior, I was a lot of the same things […]

Jul 06

A 4th of July to Remember

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Two years ago I had such a good 4th of July with my college teammates, just sitting outside grilling meat and eating and drinking various things, that I decided it was my favorite holiday. The combination of summer heat, patriotism, friends and laziness just brewed in me an ataraxic cocktail. Yet, last years’ independence day […]

Jul 05

Determinism and Baseball

By Dan Blewett | Mental Training

After writing about superstition and having an exceptional outing sandwiched between two rather poor ones, I have come to a realization: I don’t care how I perform on the field. Don’t get me wrong – I hate losing and performing poorly. Losing reflects negatively on me as an athlete; mostly, it reinforces the idea that […]

Jul 02

Superstition in Baseball: Let’s Get Real

By Dan Blewett | Mental Training

And now for some breaking news: Baseball players are superstitious! OK, I guess that’s not really news to anybody. Everyone knows that athletes, especially baseballers, routinely attribute their good and not-so-good performances to powers beyond. I, however, being the skeptical, disbelieving empiricist that I am, reject superstitition. It’s nonsense, plain and simple.