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Brent Pourciau USAW Certified
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Gary was my coach in the winter league. My locker was next to him. He was a lot of fun and a great guy. He tried acquiring my contract from Yuma when I was traded but Mike Marshall the head coach refused to release me. This is what sparked my retirement. If I could have been traded to Gary’s team, I bet I would still be playing today. He is a great coach!

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How great is baseball?  Where else could three guys from Bonne Terre, Missouri (motto: Good Earth, Good People), Mandeville, Louisiana, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma find a connection in Garry Templeton – motto: If I ain't startin', I ain't departin'.  And who would have thought in 1981 that Garry Templeton would ever become a coach, let alone a good one.  The only signs he was giving back then was when he showed the fans who were booing him in St. Louis how to shove it. 

I assume you played for a different Mike Marshall than the Dr. Mike Marshall who now teaches pitching theory from Mars.

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Brent,

With that face and a whole 5’11” 151 lbs, now you know why they nicknamed me the Bat Boy.  I looked like it.

Sweet switch hitting Garry Templeton, If I remember right,  I believe he was the first switch hitter to have a 100 hits from both sides of the plate.

Coach,

Brent and I have talked about young players before and Brent is right.  If we can reach the young players before they give up and teach them what baseball is and the beauty of the little nuances, then I truly believe they will find that work ethic it takes to make baseball fun.  And you are most certainly right, the competition was always more important than winning, but winning sure made it a lot more fun.  

7 Personality Traits of Winning Pitchers

  • Motivation
  • Trust
  • Character
  • Attitude
  • Work Ethic
  • Mental Toughness
  • Accountability
Thanks to both of you for all you do.  
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Interesting thread.  I was not a baseball player but played basketball many years ago.  My motivations were the need to be a part of the team and the joy of competing.  Being short and slow, I had to work my tail off just to make the team.  I wished I had known more about strength and conditioning as I did alot of stuff that was counter productive.  While I was a mediocre player at best, the lessons about hard work, perserverence, and learning how to handle success and failure I have learned have helped me in my career.

 

I find it is funny that all this talk of motivation has come up.  The past week I have been thing a lot about it since reading this link on DanJon.net by Olympic gold medalist Herb Elliott.

 

http://www.breakthroughsports……voices.pdf

 

The this weekend I got this link from ACC high jump champion Adam Linkenauger.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..al4OkZtz8g

The ebook is free.

 

 

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Mike MarshallGreat stuff Rick! Coach Robo, this is the Mike Marshall I was talking about.

I was always very inspired and motivated in my career. I was born during the beginning of the steroid era. I never used steroids but it produced some of the bigger than life icons of my childhood who I idealised like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno (the Hulk), Jose Canseco (my future teammate) and Mark MacGwire to name a few. There is a great movie out which is about a guy my age, who's life growing up was influenced by these ideals. It is called Bigger, Stronger, Faster.

http://www.biggerstrongerfaste…..movie.com/

I was also inspired by the movies of my childhood like Karate Kid, Rocky, Blood Sport, Terminator (which I used as my song when I took the mound), and even Gladiator with Russel Crow. I have always been inspired and motivated by people who are bigger than life. I loved football but like I said before, I just wasn't big enough. This is why I took a football mentality to pitching. I will never forget when John Rocker came up to the Big Leagues. I thought he was it. I said that is how you pitch. I also idealised Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan. All power pitchers who just dominated the game.

I believe that you must have constant inspiration if you want to make a name in this game. You must feed your body motivation like you feed it protein or water. Here is another great video which illustrates the power of motivation.

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Thanks, Rick – those are great posts.  “The daily challenge of compromise” – I love that.  Your RFD post was great, too.  I love the subject that started this thread.  Thanks for starting it, Darrell.  I think you're the unofficial Mental Game guy on this forum.  Keep stirring it up.  Brent, there's starting to be so much good stuff on your site, it's hard to keep up with it. 

I've always said that if I had to pick one word to describe my personality, the word would be competitive.  There aren't many things I enjoy doing that aren't competitive.  My oldest son is just like me.  When he was little we couldn't even play the ABC game in the car without getting into a fight.  He finished his collegiate baseball career about a year and a half ago.  He didn't reach the level that Brent and Darrell did, but he pitched his high school team to a state championship and finished his college career with a 25-2 record.  He was a good pitcher, but I've seen plenty with more talent.  He won because he knew how to pitch and he was a warrior on the mound.  I taught him a lot about how to pitch and how to act on the mound, but I've always wondered whether his competitiveness came from our work together or if he was born with it.  I still don't know.  He used to get frustrated with teammates who weren't as competitive as he was.  Now he's coaching and he has the same observation that I have had – that most of his players aren't nearly as competitive as he and I are.  My youngest son is competitive in a different way.  I'm proud to say that he has the discipline and toughness to be in the United States Marine Corps.  He turns 20 in October and will deploy to Afghanistan in November. 

So, Darrell – this is for you, but also Brent and anybody else – can you teach competitiveness or are you born with it?  I have some thoughts based on experience, but this is obviously a great interest of yours.  So, what do you think?   

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Hey guys great stuff.

I have also been very inspired and motivated by almost everything. I was like Brent, I liked football but I just am not big enough. Another trait that I would like to add is to love the pressure when it comes to pitching. It is quite hard to have this mentality and we usually try and breathe and push it aside and usually the pressure comes back. Coach Robo, I was also like you, I have this competitive nature and I am frustrated with those who aren't as competitive as I was. I think competitiveness is teachable, but it is very hard to. It is like teaching rocket science. Usually you have to inspire them and motivate them to move forward. If they have a closed mind they may not respond and just push it away, which makes it really hard to. At first, I didn't have a competitive nature. I was really weak and even sometimes treated like a gopher. After, when I became engrossed with sport I started watching and reading everything related to sport. I learnt this mental approach and built a competitive nature. Or more like a bossy nature if you like. This is what I think, I may be wrong though. 😀

       

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Coach Robo,

That is a great question.

I believe that competitiveness is a personality trait and human nature in it’s broadest definition.  

But I believe there are 3 Key Attributes that define competitiveness.

  1. Your desire to be a part of the competition
  2. Your willingness to prepare for the competition
  3. Trusting Your preparation to confidently compete in the competition.
The Million Dollar Question has always been can we teach competitiveness?  
Not sure if you can, but I am going to keep on trying.
Great Coaches…
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  • Educate the Mental Side
  • Motivate Players in Both
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