Knowing a Hitter's Brain, Russell's Return, Pitch Clock Frustration, and Other Bullets

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Knowing a Hitter’s Brain, Russell’s Return, Pitch Clock Frustration, and Other Bullets

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The Wife was doing some appointments today, so that meant we were able to take a workout class together this morning. I’m not gonna pass up on that opportunity, so I apologize for the very tardy Bullets. Worth it, though.

  • Sahadev Sharma has a fantastic, interesting interview with the Cubs’ new hitting coach (and former minor league hitting coordinator) Anthony Iapoce. Among the eye-poppers from Iapoce that you’ll read in there, here’s how he responds when Sharma asks about the players see him as focusing more on the mental side than the mechanical side: “The thoughts control everything. They control how your body moves and how you swing. The problem is, you can’t measure the thoughts yet. We haven’t been able to study the brain while a human’s alive or predict what he’s thinking. But we’re getting close. So a lot of stuff, whether it’s technology or video from mechanics of the swing, people can measure it and see it. So we go right to that when maybe it could be something else. I think it’s just knowing players, knowing that they have all these sources around them that are valuable assets. But they’re just pieces. As Joe (Maddon) says, it’s just another tool in your toolbox. But if you consume yourself with everything, you’re going to forget about how good of a player you really are.”
  • So basically, Anthony Iapoce wants to open up Cubs’ players brains and study them. … I joke, but seriously, that’s a very smart approach to being a big league hitting coach, where the players all have personal swing coaches, aren’t necessarily going to make huge changes to their game in the way pitchers do, and so much of their success is predicated on their ability to be confident in every single plate appearance.
  • It’s a very good read:

  • Addison Russell played in his first game (spring variety) since his domestic violence suspension, and I find these comments less than encouraging:

  • To be sure, we don’t exactly know the context of what he’s done behind the scenes – what he’s done to help the domestic violence conversation beyond just working on ensuring that he, himself, does not commit anything remotely like that again – but it’s hard to imagine (1) that the “tough stuff is pretty much out of the way,” or (2) that’s the right way to think about this issue. I have to remind myself that good can still come out of this situation, the organization can still making important strides in helping the overall sport improve on this issue, and Melisa Reidy indicated – according to Theo Epstein – that she supports this conditional chance for Russell.
  • I have never noticed this before, and it’s really awesome:

  • This perspective gets me fired up. Care more about your sport than about your resistance to easy, simple changes:

  • I will say, “Own It Now” is growing on me:

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  • Sign him up:

  • And this is extremely awesome:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.