Baylor preaches right frame of mind to hitters

Baylor preaches right frame of mind to hitters

Baylor preaches right frame of mind to hitters
MIAMI -- When his D-backs hitters go through slumps, or get off to a tough start to the season like Kelly Johnson did, hitting coach Don Baylor likes to tell them about his 1973 season.

Playing for the Orioles, Baylor hit just .228 in the first half of the season.

"At that point, you would give your first born up for a hit," Baylor said.

Baylor, though, went on to hit .364 in the second half to finish the year with a more-than-respectable .286 mark.

"Experiences like that, I can tell guys you're not the only one who's gone through hard times, rough times," Baylor said. "And you just kind of have to weather the storm, just keeping taking good at-bats."

That approach has paid off for Johnson, who struggled mightily out of the gate before turning things around.

They key thing for Baylor is that the hitters maintain a good frame of mind.

"We always talk about the positives, not the negatives," Baylor said.