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Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has admitted that Altuve can slip into one of the darkest corners of baseball, making players shudder just by hearing the word “yips.”
“You just hope he doesn’t hear, because they invariably come in a bunch,” Baker said after Altuve made two mistakes in Game 2 of ALCS. “I just told him to wash it. I mean, this guy was great for us and you have to wash it and keep going, or it’s multiplying.”
Altuve has made no throwing errors during the regular season, but has made four of nine games since the season this season, including three in the last two days, each of which has allowed a total of eight runs for the Tampa Bay Rays. to note.
Within the game, getting “yips” is defined as the unexpected inability to perform one of the simplest actions that the game requires: accurate baseball throwing.
Steve Sachs, a former rookie of the year, five-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, suffered great suffering in the 1980s. He led the majors with 30 errors in 1983, still a record for second baseman. He knows firsthand what Altuve is going through.
“I can feel Jose,” Sachs said when he called. “There’s nothing worse in the world. It’s the loneliest place to be. It’s awkward. It’s just awful. I hope he can figure it out as soon as possible, because this thing is very simple. Right in front of him.” So many people will say, “Oh, Jose, you have a mental block.” He doesn’t. He has a temporary loss of confidence. It has nothing to do with his mental state. Something prompted him to start questioning his abilities, so he does it. When he gets his confidence, it will disappear. “
Sax is part of a fraternity that includes pitcher Steve Blas, winner of 19 games for pirates since 1972 at the age of 30, who put in only 93⅔ more innings and passed 91 tests in that period, and hunter Mackie Sasser, who used the reverse throws to the pitcher in his glove repeatedly and then will be confused when accounted for.
Then there was the story of Rick Ankiel, who was selected in the second round as a highly publicized candidate for high school in 1997. Ankiel went on to the cardinals in the 2000 season, when he suddenly failed to strike. In four innings in the playoffs this year, Ankiel passed 11 tests and threw nine wild pitches. He was then turned into a field player and finished playing until 2013.
Sachs is one of the few to overcome his problems after being selected for three All-Star teams after that disastrous 1983 season.
Altuve is the third second man in recent years to join the club, along with Sax and Chuck Knoblauch. Like Altuve, Knoblauch won a gold glove for outstanding defensive performance earlier in his career before acquiring yips. He went from winning the Golden Glove in 1997 to making a combined 31 mistakes in the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
“That’s all he has on his mind,” Sachs said. “Everything he’s thinking right now. He’s the loneliest man in the world and it’s hard because you’re a professional athlete and he’s one of the best players in the game. I would advise him that there’s nothing wrong, there’s nothing crazy It’s actually just if you just get out of your own way, it’s over, the problem is that he’ll go to bed with it when he eats, that’s the only thing on his mind, he wakes up thinking about it a terrible place to be. “