Something appeared to click for Everidge soon after that, however. Since the All-Star break, he is batting .292 with 14 homers and a .374 OBP. In August alone, Everidge is batting .330 with a .434 OBP. On the season, the burly first baseman is batting .248 with 24 homers, 85 RBI and a 798 OPS.
We spoke to Everidge during the Ports' last home-stand to get his thoughts on his improvements during the second half of the season and his plans for the off-season.
OaklandClubhouse: It seems like the season has been a complete 180 for you since the All-Star break. What has been the key to your turnaround?
OC: Have you felt like you have learned anything from your experience in the California League last season?
TE: I think just being more relaxed and not trying to do too much. I think last year, I wouldn't take my walks when they were there for me. I am starting to understand when they are not trying to pitch to me, so I can just take the walk if they are trying to give it to me.
OC: I saw a pitch chart in the pressbox that showed that you were hitting a lot more balls up the middle than you were earlier in the season. Is that something that you have been working on?
TE: Yeah. I haven't been seeing as many pitches to drive because we have been playing teams like San Jose and a few other good pitching clubs. When I am not getting pitches to drive, I try to focus on going up the box so that I don't pull off of pitches that I can't do anything with.
OC: Despite the slow start, you are establishing career-highs in a number of areas. What has been the difference this season for you?
OC: How are you feeling defensively?
TE: I have just been working with Juan Navarette, and Darren Bush gets me out there as much as possible to take ground balls. I have just been working on hand position and working on getting my feet in better position.
OC: Do you have a plan for your off-season already?
TE: Yeah, I have already talked to my trainer. We are going to work on getting me to slim down more and get more agile. I am also planning to work a lot more on my defense with my college coach.