Shawn Riggans Does Prep Work

When Navarro played, Riggans often spent some innings in the video room, notepad in hand. Other times, he'd hang out in the bullpen, ask questions, catch pitchers to stay fresh.

St. Petersburg Times

This raises a question that we don't really have an answer to: how many players are slaves to preparation work and information, and how many simply go out and play based fully on instincts? How many of the former have the ability to do the latter, and how many of the latter would benefit -- if any -- by doing more prep work? It would seem like a mixture would be best, but perhaps it's not the quantity of information some are looking at, but rather the quality.

 

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