Baseball is hard. It becomes a lot harder when a player repeatedly foregoes opportunities to get better.
Too often players today are programmed to focus strictly on development at practice. During games, they are consumed by their own performance. If I’ve learned anything in baseball, the best players are the ones who find pockets of opportunities to develop.
Here are three areas players should be exploiting on gameday.
Playing catch before games
Playing catch prior to a game is one of the most squandered opportunities for development. This period of pre-game warmup is arguably the most important developmental opportunity a player will have throughout the course of the day.