This year’s MLB season has brought back some great memories for me because of the elite athletes who played on teams where I was the team eye doctor. These teams have been affiliated with several MLB clubs throughout my tenure over two decades and have allowed me to work with players from both the American and National Leagues. Not only have I’ve made sure they can see to play but it has been fun to watch them mature into elite athletes with storied careers.
Congratulations go out to Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera for completing the Triple Crown in baseball this year; a fete that hasn’t been accomplished since 1967. Miggy was on the 2003 Carolina Mudcats team. (This was the first year I got to work with athletes from the Florida Marlins because the team had just switched its’ affiliation from the Colorado Rockies.) He was just a kid of 19 and joined a team that had the likes of Dontrelle Willis on it. He played for 69 games here before moving up to majors.
Congratulations also go out to Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones for a great career as he retired this year. He and I were both kids when he was called up to play for the Durham Bulls in the early 90s. The Bulls remained a Braves affiliate until 1997 when they switched to the current Tampa Bay Rays.
As exciting as it is to watch athletes become great, it is equally frustrating to watch athletes miss their chance to move up and develop because their vision isn’t perfect. Usually, it’s because they haven’t felt the need to address a minor problem and started once it was too late. By then, the eye hand coordination begins to suffer, the crack in the mental armor begins to occur and the hours and hours of retraining with better vision aren’t available because that was their one shot.
See To Play is loaded with the answers to help athletes reach their genetic potential. Don’t miss out on that opportunity!
Elite athletes see better than average athletes. Vision doesn’t have just one component, but has several measurable parts. Their definitions are discussed in detail in my book, See To Play: The Eyes of Elite Athletes.
Torry Holt is one of the elite athletes I evaluated and allowed me to write about him. His acuity is better than average as well as his detailed vision zone, extreme vision zone, focusing, his eye movement and his mind’s eye preparation.
Last week, he gave me a blurb to help promote my message on vision and help athletes see to play to their genetic potential.
Athletes with average vision have a lower chance of making it to the professional or highest level. As a matter of fact, those who need glasses or contacts seem to only have about a 25% chance to make it. The weaker eyes get weeded out because of many factors discussed in my book.
My aunt just watched the movie “Moneyball” and we were talking about it. I explained to her that See To Play was very similar to “Moneyball” in that comparison of visual traits can predict which athletes will become better….or even the best. See To Play, a.k.a “The Vision Moneyball”!
Torry’s elite stats:
· Drafted 6th overall in 1999 by St. Louis Rams
· Superbowl XXXIV Champion
· Part of the “Greatest Show on Turf” (Rams offense that scored
over 500 points 3 seasons in a row.)
· 7 pro-bowls
Welcome to my blog! I hope this helps you learn a little more about me and also keeps you up to date on my fun world of sports vision.