“I’ve been struggling with men on base. You just go out there every game, every at-bat, and forget about what happened in the past.”
--Robinson Cano, New York Yankee second baseman.One of the most useful mental conditioning techniques that elite athletes use is the ability to quickly get past a mistake or error quickly. During game conditions, it is highly valuable to be able to erase, recover, and move on.
Although you want to be able to learn from your mistakes, often game situations are not the place to dwell or analyze. The time to analyze and evaluate is through debriefing and videotape sessions scheduled after one's competition is over.
As Robinson Cano emphasizes, a poor memory is perhaps the best tool that a hitter can utilize. Despite a recent slump, Cano's "poor" memory has allowed him to hit 30 home runs, knock in 82 runs, and hit for an average of .297 with 177 hits.
In addition, the Yankees are leading their division and have the second best record in the American League.
Quote from nytimes.com (9/27/2012). "With Swisher and Cano, It's Trust and Symmetry" by Pat Borzi.