Mickey Mantle’s son has high praise for Mike Trout | angels.com CLOSENow Commenting On:Mantle’s son has high praise for TroutOffspring of Yankees great says Angels star is a must-watch talent Email PrintMantle’s son on Trout’s talent 6:10Bob Costas sits down with the son of Mickey Mantle, David, to discuss how Mike Trout has the talent to emulate that of his father By Adam Berry/MLB.com | +0 COMMENTSSince Mike Trout took the baseball world by storm as a rookie in 2012, he’s been drawing comparisons to another famous center fielder with plenty of power and speed: Mickey Mantle.Before Friday night’s marquee matchup at Yankee Stadium, the Angels outfielder received another such comparison from someone who would know best: David Mantle, the son of the Yankees icon and Hall of Famer.”It’s been almost 50 years since my dad played his last game, and yet every time a kid with a combo of speed and power comes along, they say, ‘This could be the next Mickey Mantle,’ ” David Mantle said in a segment for MLB Network.”I’m a baseball fan. When I want to see someone playing like Mickey Mantle, I can pull out the home movies. Or I can just watch this kid with the Angels, Mike Trout. Like dad, he’s got all the tools. He can run. He can field. And he can hit. Boy, can he hit.”Statistically, there’s no doubt that Trout stacks up with Mantle so far in his young career. Baseball-Reference.com lists Mantle as Trout’s No. 1 comparable through his age-22 season.Take a look at the numbers:Trout, 2012-14, age 20-22: .311/.403/.561, 93 HR, 291 RBIs, 98 SBMantle, 1952-54, age 20-22: .303/.400/.518, 71 HR, 281 RBIs, 17 SBTrout has already won an American League MVP Award, and some would argue he should own three of those trophies by now. Mantle, by comparison, won his first in 1956, after his age-24 season.By some advanced metrics, however, Trout is already ahead of Mantle’s exemplary career pace. Through his first three full seasons in the Majors, Trout totaled 27.9 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball-Reference. Mantle recorded 18.7 WAR through his first three seasons.Of course Mantle would go on to win three MVP Awards, hit 536 home runs and compile 2,415 hits during an 18-year career with the Yankees, while Trout is only 23 years old and in his fifth big league season.But it’s certainly fair to make the comparison. Just ask Mantle’s son, and keep an eye on center field at Yankee Stadium this weekend.”Like my dad, Mike Trout isn’t just good Calais Campbell Jersey. He’s compelling and exciting to watch Drew Stanton Jersey. So if you’re a baseball fan, you’ve got a chance to see a modern-day Mickey Mantle in center at Yankee Stadium with your own eyes,” David Mantle said on MLB Network. “Just be sure to call him Mike, because the kid has clearly made a name for himself. As for the pinstripes, those you’re just going to have to imagine http://www.aricardinalsedge.com/cardinals-john-brown-jersey.”Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Mental approach raises Paul Goldschmidt’s game | dbacks Roger Staubach Jersey.com CLOSENow Commenting On:Mental approach raises Goldschmidt’s gameD-backs first baseman continues to look for ways to improve Email PrintGoldschmidt on Crone’s impact 0:52D-backs slugger Paul Goldschmidt discusses how the club’s mind and performance coach Peter Crone has helped him gain a mental edge in 2015 By Steve Gilbert/MLB.com |@SteveGilbertMLB | +0 COMMENTSPHOENIX — It’s a question that makes Paul Goldschmidt pause as he tries to come up with an answer.Sitting in front of his locker before a recent game, Goldschmidt, one of the elite hitters in baseball, spoke with MLB.com about his mental approach to the game.• Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Goldschmidt and other #ASGWorthy playersSo just how much of his success does he credit to the mental side of the game?”A super high percentage,” Goldschmidt says. “I don’t know if you’re saying 95 percent, 75 percent, but it’s up there. Because I know physically I was talented, I was good at a young age, so there’s definitely that part of it. But to get the big leagues and have success … how you improve is by the mental side.”Goldschmidt’s 2015 statsCategoryNL RankAverage.3561stOBP.4741stOPS1.1292ndWAR52ndRBI572ndIntentional walks191stStarting earlyGoldschmidt started learning and improving his mental approach in the Minor Leagues through his work with Minor League manager Turner Ward and hitting coach Alan Zinter.An eighth-round pick in the 2009 Draft, Goldschmidt was not a highly-regarded prospect. Scouts felt he had a long swing and was below-average defensively. That may have been true, but what they didn’t take into account was a mentality that would allow him to make the necessary adjustments.Goldy’s two-run single SD@ARI: Goldy plates two with a single to center6/21/15: Paul Goldschmidt grounds a single up the middle, scoring two to give the D-backs a seven-run 2nd inningWard, now the D-backs’ hitting coach and Zinter, who is the Astros’ assistant hitting coach, would talk with Goldschmidt about how to deal with the failure inherent in a sport whose best hitters don’t get hits seven out of 10 times as well as how to never give away at-bats regardless of the score.”I think those guys started putting it into my head things I didn’t realize at the time would be considered a mental part of the game,” Goldschmidt said. “But then when you start to learn, you look back and you realize those guys were awesome and taught me so much. Maybe I would have even made the big leagues without those guys, but I wouldn’t have been as successful.”Mind mentorsWhen Goldschmidt got to the D-backs in August of 2011, he met Peter Crone, a mind and performance coach. Crone has worked with the D-backs since 2009 and when he and Goldschmidt met, they immediately hit it off.”He helps you take a lot of stress and worry out of things,” Goldschmidt said. “Whether it’s a fear of failure or really any type of fear, we all have fears or think too much about the future or the past and let that affect us. He just tries to put you in a state of mind where you’re focused, but relaxed. It helps you get the distractions out of your head whether it’s a fear of failure or worrying about results Jason Witten Jersey.”Goldy steals second SD@ARI: Goldy reaches second on a stolen base6/19/15: Paul Goldschmidt gets a good jump, taking off from first and beating the tag to steal second baseA year later, Goldschmidt crossed paths with former big leaguer Steve Springer, who has worked with players for years on their mental approaches.”His main message is that you focus on the process,” Goldschmidt said. “You want to have a quality at-bat and hit the ball hard. If you’re able to do that, then it’s a successful at-bat regardless of the outcome.”Staying humbleTrying to get Goldschmidt to say something about his success is a difficult endeavor.Once you understand his mental approach to the game, though, you can see why that’s the case.”If you start thinking because you had a 3-for-4 game or are on a good streak that now you’re the greatest or you have it all figured out, then the next day when you go 0-for-4, what do you say then, I’m the worst player?” Goldschmidt said. “I just try to be honest. I’m not thinking about all those things that people are asking me about Charles Haley Jersey.”Goldy snags it, ends threat LAA@ARI: Goldy snags grounder, Anderson escapes jam6/17/15: Chase Anderson strands a pair when David Freese’s ground ball is snagged by Paul Goldschmidt as he steps on first for the outThings like All-Star Game voting, where he ranks among his peers, or how many consecutive games he’s hit in do not help him succeed and therefore are things that he chooses not to focus on or talk about.”I mean, what am I going to do, start thinking about what other people’s opinions are or make comparisons to other players?” he said. “All that does is distract me from doing my best to help our team. It’s not going to be helpful to me or the team so I’m focused on just being the best that I can be, whatever that is. I just try to take out as many distractions that I can.”Always learningLook in Goldschmidt’s locker at home or on the road and you’ll always find a book. Sometimes it is a business tome, other times it is “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, which Crone recommended.Goldschmidt meticulously records notes in the back of the book of things he wants to remember. Some books he’ll take more out of than others, but he’s always on the lookout for some new piece of information.When Goldschmidt is in the dugout, he’s talking baseball with Ward, or a teammate, trying to pick up even the tiniest bit of information.Goldschmidt hits 19th homer LAA@ARI: Goldschmidt drills solo shot for early lead6/17/15: Paul Goldschmidt crushes a solo shot to right-center field for his 19th home run, giving the D-backs a 1-0 leadWhen Goldschmidt was on the disabled list for the final two months of last season, he made sure to get his rehab work in early so he could always be behind the batting cage during batting practice, with the belief that there would be something he could learn by watching Ward work with other hitters.”Maybe you read a book and there’s only one thing you get out of it, but know you’re a little bit better because you took that one little quote from it,” Goldschmidt said. “It’s the same thing when talking with teammates about hitting. Maybe I’m talking with A.J. [Pollock] and he says 10 things and I just take one of his things and the other nine you let go. That’s why I always try to ask questions and talk with the hitting coach, or manager, or watch other guys.”Taking it to another levelGoldschmidt realized that his talks with Crone were helping on the field, so he decided to work even more on a one-on-one basis with him.The lessons not only help him on the baseball field, but off it as well.”He has a program where he works with athletes and actors and businessmen and so we’ve been doing a more detailed program this year,” Goldschmidt said. “We had been talking about it for a while. Every time he’d come around, we’d have a great conversation and I’d feel like I was in a better place mentally and I was like, why don’t I do that more often? Physically, I’m not really going to get that much better, so the mental side is pretty much the best way to try and improve.”Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Masahiro Tanaka struggling a surprise, not a concern | yankees.com CLOSENow Commenting On:Full Game Coverage Tanaka struggling a surprise http://www.indcoltsfangear.com/colts-andrew-luck-jersey, not a concernGirardi confident right-hander will bounce back in next start Email PrintGirardi on loss to Tigers 2:546/21/15: Yankees manager Joe Girardi discusses Masahiro Tanaka’s poor pitching performance in the team’s loss to the Tigers By Grace Raynor/MLB.com | +0 COMMENTSNEW YORK — Manager Joe Girardi had no specific reason for why Masahiro Tanaka struggled during the Yankees’ 12-4 loss to the Tigers on Sunday — except that there really wasn’t one.• Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players”It’s baseball,” Girardi said. “For whatever reason he didn’t have it today.”Tanaka allowed three home runs (a career high), seven runs (tied for a career high) and 10 hits (tied for a career high) over five innings. It was the first time he had given up more than two runs since April 12 against the Red Sox.Girardi, Tanaka and catcher Brian McCann all attributed the pitcher’s demise on Sunday to location issues. But Girardi didn’t totally know why that happened.”I’m just going to go back to it: [Felix Hernandez] gave up eight runs in a third of an inning. These are human beings that go out there. Some days they just don’t have it,” Girardi said. “A lot of times we try to make too much out of it. He didn’t have it today and they made him pay. He’ll get back on track.”Tanaka echoed the sentiments of his manager, articulating that he was missing his spots by wide margins and that he intends to make a couple of tweaks before his next outing.His ERA increased from 2.49 to 3.17 after allowing five earned runs. The Tigers scored four runs in the opening inning on two-run homers hit by Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez.”It was kind of a bad spiral. You want to start out strong, but you give up four runs. You don’t want to do that in the first inning,” he said. “But it happened. So hopefully I can get it back and be better next time.”Yet Tanaka wasn’t the only one who struggled with the Tigers’ lineup Sunday.The bullpen gave up a combined five runs — four from Danny Burawa and one from Jose De Paula, both making their Major League debuts. Both pitchers were optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the game.Burawa’s first career strikeout DET@NYY: Burawa fans Holaday for first ML strikeout6/21/15: Danny Burawa strikes out Bryan Holaday swinging to record his first career big league strikeoutMcCann said he understood the adrenaline and the rush that the pitchers likely experienced in their debuts Dwayne Allen Jersey. Girardi gave Burawa some words of encouragement before he took the mound.”He said, ‘Enjoy it,'” Burawa said. “Obviously it didn’t go how I wanted, but it’s still a great experience, and I’ll cherish it because you only get one.”As for Tanaka, Girardi wasn’t concerned about the right-hander’s ability to bounce back in his next outing. Occasionally, this type of thing happens http://www.indcoltsfangear.com/colts-matt-overton-jersey, he indicated.”He’s pitched really well. I don’t know if it was Father’s Day, I don’t know, first day of summer, who knows?” Girardi quipped. “He didn’t have his command.”Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Mariners to call on Montgomery to face Yankees | mariners.com CLOSENow Commenting On:Full Game Coverage Mariners to call on Montgomery to face YanksLeft-hander, acquired for Ramirez in offseason, to take place of injured Paxton Email PrintTop Prospects: Montgomery, SEA 1:002015 MLB.com Top Prospects: Mike Montgomery rebounded after a pair of tough seasons and earned All-Star honors with Triple-A Durham in 2014 By Greg Johns/MLB.com |@gregjohnsmlb | +0 COMMENTSSEATTLE — No official announcement has been made yet by the Mariners, but left-hander Mike Montgomery was in the team’s clubhouse Monday and will make his Major League debut against the Yankees in Tuesday’s 7:10 p Travis Swanson Jersey.m. PT game at Safeco Field.Montgomery, 25, will take the place of James Paxton, who went on the 15-day disabled list last week with a strained tendon in his left middle finger. Montgomery, a first-round Draft pick of the Royals in 2008 http://www.detlionsedge.com/lions-ameer-abdullah-jersey, was acquired from Tampa Bay in March for right-hander Erasmo Ramirez.The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder was 4-3 with a 3.74 ERA in nine starts for Triple-A Tacoma. He’ll square off against Yankees lefty CC Sabathia, a veteran of 433 starts over 15 Major League seasons.The Mariners won’t officially announce a roster move for Montgomery until Tuesday, when they’ll need to send down a reliever to open up a spot for him, but there’s no mystery to the move after Montgomery, the Mariners’ No. 24-ranked prospect, was scratched from his scheduled start with Tacoma on Sunday.”He’s done well down there,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “His stuff plays at this level. It’s just a matter of whether he can execute. We’ll find out tomorrow.”Montgomery was one of baseball’s top pitching prospects in his initial years in the Minors, rated the No. 31 overall prospect in baseball in 2012 by MLB.com. He was traded to the Rays as part of the James Shields-Wil Myers deal in December 2012 and was 10-5 with a 4.29 ERA in 25 starts for Tampa Bay’s Triple-A Durham club last year.• Injured Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma played catch at 120 feet prior to Monday’s game with the Yankees and seems to be progressing better now after five weeks on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle.McClendon said Iwakuma will throw his first bullpen session since the injury on Thursday, then will likely throw another bullpen session and simulated game on the team’s next road trip as he works toward a Minor League rehab stint of likely two or three starts with Tacoma. If all goes well, Iwakuma might be ready to return shortly before the All-Star break.”He’s on his way,” McClendon said. “He’s progressing very well.”• Robinson Cano met the New York media prior to Monday’s series opener and patiently answered questions about his slow start. Cano said he feels good at the plate and expects his results to improve as well as those of a team he believes will be contending down the stretch http://wwwdetlionsedge.com. As for his choice to leave New York?”I would never regret my decision,” he said. “I’m happy here. The way they’ve treated me is amazing. Not only the team, but the fans and city. I’m happy to be here.”Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB, read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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