Yeah, okay, Mike. Yadi, Adams, Peralta, Carpenter, and Gyorko would all be base running savants if they weren't such Chatty Cathy's at 1B. That's what's holding them back.
A different approach has emerged. Less talking. More focus.
“I’m not trying to get them to go out there and be this tough guy standing on first base,” Matheny clarified. “If someone talks to to you, acknowledge them. But, after that, there’s a play to be made.
“So, get your head into the idea of, I can change the game with what I’m about to do here, and I can talk to this guy at another time. We don’t have some policy in the place where there’s no fraternization. That’s not realistic. But Ollie (Marmol) is doing a nice job of having lots of communication, making sure they understand this is something we take real serious. It starts with being prepared. And if you are in this in-depth conversation with someone on another team, it’s really hard to get your mind into what all the potential things that could happen are. It’s part of the ongoing teaching and conversations we are having.”