I loved Ben Reiter’s profile of Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt that appeared in the August 17, 2015, issue of Sports Illustrated. A great article to pass along to your players for several reasons including Goldschmidt’s work ethic/determination that turned him into a MVP candidate and his reluctance to be complacent once he experienced big league success. Aside from the descriptions of Goldschmidt’s drive, I loved the scout’s quote that is featured below. A great concept to remember when it comes to recruiting/evaluation.
We can say we missed this, missed that, and maybe we did,” says one scout. “But I think that’s a disservice to the player. Clearly he’s improved, gotten better, changed his game, done what is necessary to become what he is now. We play this game, ‘What did guys get wrong?’ Well, what did the player get right?”