Manage Marine Verlander Trade Shortens An Already Small List Of Veterans Who Have Stayed With Their Original Teams

Justin Verlander’s trade to Houston has increased the Astros chances to advance in the postseason, but it has decreased an already limited list in Major League Baseball. After spending his entire career with the Detroit Tigers until the deal was made last week, Verlander is now longer one of just a handful of veterans of ten years or more who have played for just one team.Here is the list of those who still qualify to join the ranks of recent Hall of Fame inductees Derek Jeter and Tony Gwynn. Each star stuck with his original team throughout a career that ended in Cooperstown, Jeter as a member of the New York Yankees and Gwynn with the San Diego Padres.Each of these five guys started his Major League career so long ago that George Bush was the President of the United States.David Wright

Although his career has for the past few seasons been derailed by injuries, the All-Star third baseman served as the face of the New York Mets since his first career at bat on July 21, 2004. In spite of the many trips to the disabled list, Wright has still managed to average 25 home runs, 99 runs batted in, and a.296 batting average during his thirteen years.Joey VottoThe future Hall of Fame slugger started his Big League career on September 4, 2007, and he has been with the Reds ever since then. He has become one of the most revered hitters in the game, having been selected as the National League Most Valuable Player in 2012.Joe MauerAfter a sensational high school career in the Twin Cities, Mauer made his debut for Minnesota on Opening Day in 2004. He spent the first seen seasons behind the plate, becoming the first catcher to ever win a batting title in the American League. His 2009 season was so extraordinary that he was selected as the Most Valuable Player, in addition to winning a Silver Slugger Award, a Gold Glove award, and a start in the All-Star game.Yadier MolinaUnlike Mauer in Minnesota, Molina has remained behind the plate for his entire career for St. Louis. He made his debut for the Cardinals on June 3, 2004, and since then he has earned seven Gold Glove awards, eight All-Star starts, a Silver Slugger, and four pennants. As the undeniable face of the club, Molina led St. Louis to World Series Championships in 2006 and 2011.Dustin PedroiaSince being called up the Big Leagues on August 22 of 2006, Pedroia has been the impetus for the Red Sox. While David Ortiz was the apparent leader in the clubhouse, Pedroia as the second baseman was the captain while the team was on the field. He was selected as Rookie of the Year in 2007, and exactly one year later he earned the A.L. Most Valuable Player award. Pedroia was the key factor in Boston winning two World Championships, the first in 2007 and then a few years later in 2013.

Adam WainwrightThe right hander was a September call up for the Cardinals the year after his long time battery mate Molina made his debut. In nine of his twelve seasons since then, Wainwright has collected double digits in the win column with a Major League high nineteen in 2009. Even at age 35 last year, his 12-5 record gave him the best winning percentage in the Senior Circuit.

Fear This My Fellow Athlete

Competition is good, just as fear is good – if you will use it to your advantage rather than letting it use you. Fear can frazzle us to make mistakes, become uncertain, and anxious, but fear used to our advantage can propel us to greatness. It’s a double-edged sword. Since fear is internal, you own it, it’s yours to use as you will, if you ignore it, it might hurt you, if you use it, it can help you, give you the edge, especially in competition. How might I know this?

Well, I supposed any seasoned competitor in the human endeavor or athlete understands exactly what I am saying, but in case you need more examples to help you better understand this concept, by all means keep reading.

Recently, I read an interesting article online and watched a great video sponsored by Expert Sports Performance, the video was titled: “How Talented Athletes Deal with Fear,” by Loren Fogelman, a well-known sports psychologist.

In my view I believe that Fear is a wonderful thing, a huge driver of the human psyche, but Loren Fogelman reminds me of the truth that: “it motivates some and stops others dead in their tracks,” which is absolutely a fact.

Still, I believe that if FEAR stops someone from achieving or causes them to choke under pressure, then I would submit to you that:

1.) They don’t understand what fear is; and,
2.) They are not using FEAR as an adrenal shot for peak performance

Well, I say; too bad for them, if they are competing against me or my team. Fear can be a weakness if you let it, or high-octane when you need it, YOU decide which. “It’s all in your head” I always say. Anyway, that’s the way I see it. A great book to read is: “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway!” published by in the 80s as a motivational type book.

As a competitive runner, I used to imagine footsteps behind me and ready to pass. Interestingly enough, I was a pretty good athlete so that didn’t happen much, but when it actually did happen it’s a sound you never forget. This imagination during competitive races propelled me to stay on pace or increase my speed opening up a large gap between me and the other runners. Sometimes when I am out training even today, I will listen to my feet hit the trail and pick up the sounds of the echo and amplify them in my brain to simulate those ever-feared footsteps, thus, propelling me to run faster and faster.