5 Inspirational Tips from Professionals Sportsmen and Women to Help Improve Your Baseball Game
Baseball has been one of America’s top sports for generations. An easy game to play, yet intricate and tactical, it takes years to master. How is your game? Does it need improving? Even if it does not, maybe you’ll learn something from the following advice. Let’s look at 5 professional men and women from different sports and how they can help you improve your baseball game.
Michael Jordan – Basketball – “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
The legendary Michael Jordan wouldn’t be so legendary if he didn’t have such a knack for making the big shot. Whether it is basketball or baseball, one of the secrets to getting better at your game is changing your mindset and visualizing yourself scoring that basket or homerun. Michael Jordan told Entrepreneur that he took the shot in his mind before he took one in real life. This technique can be applied to baseball: if you can expect that you can do it and visualize you can do it, you’re already halfway to your goal.
Busterlover – Poker – “Pay attention.”
As two-time first round draft pick in the MLB draft, and now a professional poker player, Busterlover knows a thing or to about playing under pressure. The card shark divulged to PartyPoker that the best advice he can offer players is to be focused on your game. In poker and baseball, the crowds, the cameras, the lights and the noise, are all distractions. A split second taking your eye off the ball, or being distracted by a fan, can mean the difference between a hit or a strike. The disciplined athlete learns to block them out and be an island of peace in a sea of chaos.
Jennie Finch – Softball – “The more you know about the game, the better off you’ll be as a player out there.”
The All-American medal winning Olympian and pro All-Star softball champion knows one or two things about being an expert of the game. The New York Times reveals that Finch set an N.C.A.A record with 60 consecutive pitching wins over three seasons. Her advice: play as many positions as you can. The key to success is cross-training, as playing in every position gives you different insight into the game. The more you diversify, the more you know, and the better you will be as a player.
Usain Bolt – Running – “Having a good coach is important.”
The fastest man in the world is also the humblest. In an interview with GQ, Bolt said of his coach Glen Mills: “he is a guiding light in my career and has shown me the way to improve myself both as a person and as an athlete”. A big part of an athlete’s success hinges on a good coach whom understands their skills and is able to both instruct and inspire. When an athlete is inspired to succeed by their coach, they do not need extra motivation and will work hard to run that extra base or improve their batting.
Carly Lloyd – Soccer – “No days off. The higher up you get. The higher you need to climb.”
The two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and 2015 and 2016 Player of the Year, never takes time off. Even when she’s on vacation she’s hard at work maintaining her fitness. Lloyd has several ways to stay active in her down time, such as sprinting on the beach or bringing a soccer ball to pass around. If you want to be the best at your sport you have to go beyond what the competition is doing.