Re: Mental Lapses
posted at 5/10/2011 12:22 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Mental Lapses
[QUOTE]Your allusion to crime waves is very pertinent. Not to get off-subject, but crime rates are dependant on populous, geographical locale, etc. In other words, a certain % is expected, as it reflects social upbringing and human nature. If a small town sees a sudden rise, obviously, you look into the individual cases for any common pattern. Beyond that, there may be other reasons which are reflective of the national rate. This is where comparisons are extremely useful. The Twins played like sh*t yesterday, yet they are a fundamental organization. It happens, because this game is played on the human level, and humans are imperfect. If it happens on a consistent basis, like the rise in crime in a small town, it has to be compared to other teams to see where they stand. Then it can be addressed by looking into each situation. Is there a pattern? Is it the poor coaching? Is it individual based on poor performance due to " mental lapses "in the past? Losing breeds bad habits, as players try to do too much and end up coming outside of their game. In addition, while the game is both mental & physical, human error has to be expected on both fronts. To discuss "mental lapses" in general is one thing. To break it down means I need to see each one you are referring to. I have MLB, so if you can pinpoint the ones in question (game, inning and description of each), it would be helpful. I'm willing to bet there were several circumstances surrounding many of them. I also want to commend you on a good, kind-hearted discussion.
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The people in that small town will not be mollified by systematic criminology. But, as I've said, I'm more than willing to consider a scale by which to measure the comparative instance of mental mistakes across baseball. I've already said that I don't keep the kind of record you request. ( I try work meals and sleep into a day. ) I'm reporting impressions that may be rejected out of hand for one reason or other ( unreliable MO in someone's else's opinion ), taken under serious consideration on their merits, or largely confirmed by someone with similar observations. I try explain ( not "prove" ) these observations. I have no control over reactions to either the observations or the explanations.
On a positive note, tonight the "kid" ( unlike Lowrie a few games ago ) stationed himself properly and read Crawford's hit correctly. Good baserunning won the game. Pay attention, veterans. "And a child shall teach them."
These exchanges are fun, old pen pal. ( Old, you understand, is not to be taken literally. ) I respect what you have to say. But I think this subject has been drained dry for the time being.