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Darrell Coulter
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Coach,

Sitting in Church Sunday, The Pastor Says “True Faith Conquers all fears”.  That’s when it hit me.  

That true mental toughness is when our confidence is greater than our fears.  

The truth is “That Our failures shouldn’t be what defines us… Our Failures should Refine Us”. 

That’s why I love the Kid that never quits. 

Being a great pitcher is all about desire and effort.  

 

What a great World Series.  This is what God meant baseball to be.

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Pretty solid source, Darrell.  It's one of the best things I've ever heard said about mental toughness.  (Unfortunately my pastor is a Ranger fan.)

It's a great Series so far.  Have to say I didn't like it when Tony took Motte out and brought Arthur Rhodes in with runners on 2nd and 3rd and no one out.  It was a strikeout situation and Rhodes isn't a strikeout pitcher and Motte is.  But, I figure Tony's at least a couple of thousand wins ahead of me in his career, so who am I to second guess him. 

Arthurs Rhodes is one of my new favorite players.  I can only imagine the emotions he was feeling when he stepped on the mound in his first World Series game on Wednesday night after 20 years in the majors and at the age of 41.  And I didn't even know the story of his son until that night – his son died at the age of five in 2008.  Arthur carves his son's initials (J R for Jordan Rhodes) in the mound every time he pitches.  As the father of sons, I can't even imagine how you could go throw a pitch in the World Series after that.  There are lots of different kinds of mental toughness.

The World Series is my favorite time of year.  I really, really love this game.

   

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Coach,

The Rhodes story is a true test.  Whats inspiring is the fact that he could have quit, but he didn't.  He persevered though the struggles and never gave up.  He has already won.

I totally agree with you on Tony taking Motte out.  Hamilton is struggling and hurt. I'm not sure he could have caught up with Motte's Fastball.  We needed  2 strike outs and Motte is the only strikeout pitcher we truly have. But now you know why Tony makes us all crazy.  

Let's see if Lohse can keep the ball in the park in Arlington.

I will be watching and making every pitch with him, just hope I don't get whiplash.

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votaw03 said:

Excellent post. One thought I would like to add is one of the greatest coaches of all-time take on the subject, John Wooden. I won't go into detail on his Pyramid of Success, but I'd recommend it. In addition to your thoughts Darrell and Coach Robo, mental toughness is comparable to Competitive Greatness, which is “Performing at your best when your best is required. Your best is required each day.” Wooden's other blocks in the pyramid lead to competitive greatness and success, but this thread reminded me of that.

The Augue Garrido quotes are great. I didn't know those were his even though I've heard them before. Definitely going in the list of coaching maxims.

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Hey Coach Robo, How is your day goin?Cool

On your comment about getting and hoping to get batters out,

I work very hard teaching catchers and pitchers how to basically get batters out and how to get/let batters get themselves out, I teach them to keep in their minds and thoughts that either a good or not so good pitch the mound is their domain and to strut around out there like so,  I steer them as far away as possible from the negative thought of “HOPING” to the positive thought of doing in fact hoping to get batters out is not in my pitchers and catchers vocabulary and hopefully their thoughts, at least not in my presents, I constantly make positive comments to them and all of my players, Hopefully I have trained them well enough to be positive thinking enough to believe that they can and will get each batter out, get their mission accomplished or pitch to each batter so they get themselves out swinging at bad pitches, attempting to pull low outsiders, swinging at high tight fast balls, swinging at and missing change ups on first pitches in particular which throws their timing off for a nicely well placed, fast high,whisker tight pitch. there is nothing like a nicely well placed fast ball in concert with a nicely well placed straight change up.

Last season the Cape Cod league champions coach had their pitchers basically working with fast balls and straight changes all season, Mike their head coach said that their arms were great, no problems all season and when they left to go back to college their arms were in great shape and ready to pitch some great college ball.

When as coaches we all have taught each and everyone of our our athletes to be better citizens along the way, to take winning and losing with humility, to play their game to the best of their abilities, to get our players into the positive thinking mode, to stay within themselves and to play their game in the present we have accomplished our goals as coaches.Cool

Cool“Your mind leads Your Body” “Allowing Negative Thoughts To Enter Your Mind” “Creates Negative Actions/Reactions To Your Body.” “Positive Thoughts” “Create Positive Body Actions,” Being Positive, Leads One To Being Successful.” “Be Negative,” Leads One To Failure.” “What One Thinks One Can Do,” One Can Do,” “What One Thinks One Cannot Do,” 'One Will Not Do.”Cool

There are a million great positive and negative quotes out there, lets keep them confronting those we come into contact with.

Negative thinking breaks down one's entire foundation of positive actions.”

There certainly are many good interesting topics/comments here on this web site. In my opinion concerning pitchers Brent's overall coverage of pitching hits the nail right on the button. hip movement should be executed first when driving away from the rubber, instead of the front foot and leg being first movement, as we all notice as we view pitcher after pitchers front foot leading the leg down the hill while the hips just follow along/dead doing nothing instead of first leading the way, momentum, triple extension of the ankle,knee and hip flexor areas, hip to shoulder separation/the three pivots executed at the proper time, in the proper sequence creating a sequenced, chain reactive movement, the external to internal arm and elbow positions, the arm being in the vertical cocked position at front foot touch down to assure for good timing, these fundamentals alone allow for the body to do the work instead of just the arm which also alleviates the possibility of aspiring young pitchers to acquire sore arms and various arm surgeries created to the arm by the enormous amount of energy, stress, strain and abuse created to the arm and all other body parts effected negatively during the throwing movement/motion.

The tremendous amount energy created during the throwing movement/motion needs to be allowed to dissipate within the large muscles of the lower body instead of the smaller muscles of the upper body which is allowed by bringing the throwing hand and ball on down beside the glove side knee to a momentary rest instead of violently recoiling the arm back up.

CoolGood baseballin to all.

CoolNuff Said.

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Cool stuff! I'll get abit off topic here, but here I go.

Don said:

When as coaches we all have taught each and everyone of our our athletes to be better citizens along the way, to take winning and losing with humility, to play their game to the best of their abilities, to get our players into the positive thinking mode, to stay within themselves and to play their game in the present we have accomplished our goals as coaches.

As a coach, all we need to do is communicate with the player, and bring the best out of them. It's not necessarily making all your players into an ideal player. It's about bringing out the best of them. I heard somewhere that if Derek Jeter were hitting balls to the back of the fence, wouldn't his numbers suffer. Such as his on base percentage and all. And Albert Pujols, if he became a contact hitter. Their numbers would suffer. So an ideal team, is where you have a balance of everything. It's not where everyone is a flamethrower, or a softthrower, but where everything is balanced. I know that being a flamethrower can be an advantage, but look at Greg Maddux. He throws only at 85mph, and he can get so many batters out. Well usually scouts look for flamethrowers anyway. It's like in Moneyball. They look at those who they think will have a successful future, but Billy Beane recruited those based on percentage, and they don't look dominating at all, but they still won so many games. So as coaches just keep in mind that we should bring out the best of them and not focused on getting them all to be like an ideal player.  Ok… this is sounds abit like i'm going against 3X but i'm not saying to not gain velocity. But with the 3X mechanics, you reduce injury as well as gain strength and velocity. But as Coaches, communication with the player is what's the most important :D.

       

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