Hargrove wants team to compete, aware Rivera stinks
Good stuff from the PI blog (“Ramping up to compete with that Baker guy”)
Hargrove discusses the team’s progress in terms of baking a cake
”When you have a lot of young players like we had, it takes time. The old saying is that to bake a cake will take the time it takes. It’s reached the time here now that we are close to the end of this process.”
A mentally tough cake
”At the big league level, the big differentiator is mental toughness,” he said. ”Everybody here has some game. (The winner) is who stays at it more consistently. You want them to develop that mental toughness.”
Difference between the Yankees and Royals? Mental toughness.
Reason the Devil Rays finished 36 games out of their race? Mental toughness.
“…The backup role isn’t easy to fill; but physically and mentally it’s probably a tougher proposition to back up than it is to play every day.
”I don’t know if Rene can do it. Last year, we didn’t get any offense out of him. We need to get more this year.