My adult son has a really good outside shot in basketball. He's kind of the Steph Curry of our local YMCA-type basketball group. On a decent night he'll go 30-for-50 from high school three point range, while being guarded by the best defender on the court.
I've spent ten years picking his brain about shooting. You know how I am about sports method ... but I just can't do what he does. (And at my age it is fast becoming a lost cause!) He said something the other day that hit me in a fresh way.
He said, "Try a slight smile on your face when you shoot. You gotta be a little bit happy to shoot well. You can't shoot if your dog just got run over. No way."
Which brings us to Greg Johns' article about Jean Segura and Robinson Cano. You'll definitely enjoy it. And there is this quote from Servais:
"As a right-handed hitter, he hit more balls to the opposite field than anybody else in the league last year," Servais said. "He uses the entire field to hit. He's got power. He brings a lot. Also the fact that he is so tight with Robbie, it's going to be neat to watch. I'm really excited to have him on board."
Hold it. Is that true, about off-field hitting? #1 in the NL? Wonder if Servais is talking about total volume -- Segura led the NL in base hits -- or about percentages. Wait, Fangraphs has those stats ... here is the table, sorted by OPPO%.
Sure enough, Segura is way way up there, #3 in the NL behind only Howie Kendrick (.366 SLG) and DJ LeMahieu. But the Mariners' way of measuring it may leave Segura ahead of LeMahieu. Anyway, Segura was not just excellent at letting the ball get deep in the zone; he was the very best at it.
I like the symmetry of these ideas:
1. Being happy
2. Relaxing and not jumping at the ball
3. Off-field hitting (and the .319 / .366 / .499 slash line)
But also, here is a short clip with Jerry Dipoto talking about Segura's launch angle and velocity. Here is a September game in which Segura homered twice - to the off field. Just for info-tainment; it's been a long time since the last baseball game :- )
Most of the time, quotes about "This season will be my best!" is just rotonoise. Then again, I believe in positive mental state more than any saberdweeb out there. Segura is one of baseball's most extreme "mood" cases. The Cano-Segura connection could pay off nicely.