A Different Approach

I Wouldn’t Have Thought of This. What About You?
By Jill Wolforth, Texas Baseball Ranch

There are many neat things about being in the baseball/softball training business. This time of year is special in that we get to attend Spring Training and see our pro guys. One week this past month, Ron, Garrett & I were in Arizona watching players in the Cactus League.

 

We got to see Trevor Bauer pitch against the Padres. He did a great job, pitching 2 innings, giving up 0 runs on 2 hits. He had 3 K’s and 1 walk. It was a very special for us because it was the first time we’d ever seen Trevor pitch in a game.

 

There’s an interesting story to Trevor’s outing that day that I want to share with you and is the real message behind this week’s email. It gives a glimpse at how he looks at things differently, specifically when it comes to preparation.

 

Trevor is typically a starter and goes through a very intense pre-game warm-up. On this particular day of Spring Training, Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson, was going to use Trevor for 2 or 3 innings but not as a starter. On this day, Trevor is scheduled to relieve in the 4th. This causes an interesting challenge for Trevor because he won’t be able to do his normal routine which includes long tossing on the field from foul pole to foul pole.

 

Most of us would make our adjustments, try to get SOME warm-up in, SOME arm care in and SOME throwing drills and then our bullpen pitches and head out when called on. You probably are guessing based on my set up here, that’s not how Trevor handled it.

 

Trevor decided to treat it like he was starting anyway with the thought that when he actually went in the game it was going to be his 4th inning of pitching. Let me explain. He did his entire pre-game warm-up before the game as usual and then went to the bullpen. When the game started and the Diamondbacks pitcher went to the mound, Trevor toed the rubber in the bullpen. When the Diamondbacks hit, Trevor rested. Each time his team went on the field, Trevor pitched the inning in the bullpen until he was called to enter the game in the 4th. So, in total he simulated a 6 inning day (not just two innings) which he also believed would get him better prepared for the start of the season.

 

That’s pretty impressive. It was certainly thinking out of the box. I encourage you to keep this in mind when it looks like you’re going to be thrown out of your routine (whether in baseball or life). Ask yourself, “How can I make the very most out of the situation?”

I Wouldn’t Have Thought of This.                                What About You?
By Jill Wolforth

There are many neat things about being in the baseball/softball training business. This time of year is special in that we get to attend Spring Training and see our pro guys. One week this past month, Ron, Garrett & I were in Arizona watching players in the Cactus League.

 

We got to see Trevor Bauer pitch against the Padres. He did a great job, pitching 2 innings, giving up 0 runs on 2 hits. He had 3 K’s and 1 walk. It was a very special for us because it was the first time we’d ever seen Trevor pitch in a game.

 

There’s an interesting story to Trevor’s outing that day that I want to share with you and is the real message behind this week’s email. It gives a glimpse at how he looks at things differently, specifically when it comes to preparation.

 

Trevor is typically a starter and goes through a very intense pre-game warm-up. On this particular day of Spring Training, Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson, was going to use Trevor for 2 or 3 innings but not as a starter. On this day, Trevor is scheduled to relieve in the 4th. This causes an interesting challenge for Trevor because he won’t be able to do his normal routine which includes long tossing on the field from foul pole to foul pole.

 

Most of us would make our adjustments, try to get SOME warm-up in, SOME arm care in and SOME throwing drills and then our bullpen pitches and head out when called on. You probably are guessing based on my set up here, that’s not how Trevor handled it.

 

Trevor decided to treat it like he was starting anyway with the thought that when he actually went in the game it was going to be his 4th inning of pitching. Let me explain. He did his entire pre-game warm-up before the game as usual and then went to the bullpen. When the game started and the Diamondbacks pitcher went to the mound, Trevor toed the rubber in the bullpen. When the Diamondbacks hit, Trevor rested. Each time his team went on the field, Trevor pitched the inning in the bullpen until he was called to enter the game in the 4th. So, in total he simulated a 6 inning day (not just two innings) which he also believed would get him better prepared for the start of the season.

 

That’s pretty impressive. It was certainly thinking out of the box. I encourage you to keep this in mind when it looks like you’re going to be thrown out of your routine (whether in baseball or life). Ask yourself, “How can I make the very most out of the situation?”

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