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Mailbag 4/7

Any sports psychologists here? Can you explain how a good third baseman, with several highlight reel defensive gems to his credit, goes from 3 season errors to 10 over a three game weekend? It was truly painful to watch. How can a coach resolve such a situation? Sit out? Extra practice? Counseling? - Bill Brockman

Ben: I’m no sports psychologist, but this sounds like a bad case of the yips. I’d say give him some time to get his head on straight.

Jake: I wouldn’t say I’m the best person to ask. Before lots of swimming races, I would be almost sick to my stomach, and through water polo games I would have plenty of nervous ticks.