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October 13, 2003 » 5:40 pm

Appreciative Inquiry in Baseball

During last Saturday’s playoff game between the Cubs and Marlins, Tim McCarver raised an interesting point about baseball players. He noted that when a player was hitting well, he would usually just shrug his shoulders about it and not try to analyze it for fear of jinxing things. However, when a player was in a slump, he could give entire dissertations on everything he was doing wrong — elbow too high, stance too open, swinging under the ball, etc.    (9D)

What does this say about baseball players? What does it say about human nature? Would ballplayers be better off if they focused their energies on why they were successful, and shrugged off their slumps?    (9E)

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