Laird Keeping Up The Same Approach

Brandon Laird has become the poster boy for the baseball slogan that it's not about how you start the season, it's about how you finish it. In true marathon fashion, he had another second-half surge in 2009 and he's keeping it up in the Arizona Fall League, and he says his success is due to the fact that has been sticking to the same approach.

After starting the 2009 campaign hitting just .242 with three home runs prior to the Florida State League All Star break, Brandon Laird hit .289 with ten home runs and more walks and less strikeouts in the second half.

"I felt good in Spring Training and I went into the season trying to over-accomplish instead of just relaxing and knowing what I could do, and just playing my game," Laird said. "I think that was the biggest problem.

"In the second half I just relaxed and didn't try to do too much. I knew my swing was going to be there and just get good pitches to hit, and the numbers showed that. I felt real good about the way I ended my season.

"I'm doing the same thing [in Arizona]. It's the same mentality and the same approach, don't change anything and it's been working out real well for me. I'm excited."

It was the second consecutive season where Laird had a demonstratively better second half, and hitting .321 with a .950 OPS through his first 14 games with the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League thus far, he knows all too well about the carryover effect.

"I was talking to somebody about that the other day," he added. "I finished strong and I was coming here so I wanted to keep it going and not change anything. I came here with the same approach and it's been working out for me.

"I've been getting good pitches to hit and I'm putting good swings on them. I'm not trying to do too much and my defense has been real good too. My all-around game has been pretty good out here."

Prone to pressing early in his minor league seasons to get off to good starts and thus causing him to expand his own zone and even make him more of a pull-hitter, Laird seems to have finally realized that he's at his absolute best when he allows the game to come to him and stay within himself, and his recent success in the Arizona Fall League only proves it further.

"I just wanted to come out here and enjoy playing with all of the top guys from every organization," Laird said. "I just wanted to have fun and see what I could do out here.

"I talked to my brother about it and he said ‘you belong out there, you can play there, and that's why you're going there'.

"There's a lot of good talent out here. There's a reason why I'm here. I'm not trying to do too much. I'm just trying to stick to my game and it's been working out for me. I'm just having fun."

Going nine for his first eleven to start the AFL season and later enduring a four-game hitless streak as well, Laird says he stuck to his guns approach-wise and he's not at all surprised by the success he's having so far.

"I know I'm going to hit. When I go into my little funks I just want to stay with the same things so I don't make it a bigger problem.

"By staying with my approach I can get out of those [slumps] quicker and not like the first half the season. That's all I've been doing, just being as consistent as I can."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nAfter starting the 2009 campaign hitting just .242 with three home runs prior to the Florida State League All Star break, Brandon Laird hit .289 with ten home runs and more walks and less strikeouts in the second half.
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\r\n\"I felt good in Spring Training and I went into the season trying to over-accomplish instead of just relaxing and knowing what I could do, and just playing my game,\" Laird said. \"I think that was the biggest problem.
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\r\n\"In the second half I just relaxed and didn't try to do too much. I knew my swing was going to be there and just get good pitches to hit, and the numbers showed that. I felt real good about the way I ended my season.
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\r\n\"I'm doing the same thing [in Arizona]. It's the same mentality and the same approach, don't change anything and it's been working out real well for me. I'm excited.\"
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\r\nIt was the second consecutive season where Laird had a demonstratively better second half, and hitting .321 with a .950 OPS through his first 14 games with the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League thus far, he knows all too well about the carryover effect.
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\r\n\"I was talking to somebody about that the other day,\" he added. \"I finished strong and I was coming here so I wanted to keep it going and not change anything. I came here with the same approach and it's been working out for me.
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\r\n\"I've been getting good pitches to hit and I'm putting good swings on them. I'm not trying to do too much and my defense has been real good too. My all-around game has been pretty good out here.\"
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\r\nProne to pressing early in his minor league seasons to get off to good starts and thus causing him to expand his own zone and even make him more of a pull-hitter, Laird seems to have finally realized that he's at his absolute best when he allows the game to come to him and stay within himself, and his recent success in the Arizona Fall League only proves it further.
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\r\n\"I just wanted to come out here and enjoy playing with all of the top guys from every organization,\" Laird said. \"I just wanted to have fun and see what I could do out here.
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\r\n\"I talked to my brother about it and he said ‘you belong out there, you can play there, and that's why you're going there'.
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\r\n\"There's a lot of good talent out here. There's a reason why I'm here. I'm not trying to do too much. I'm just trying to stick to my game and it's been working out for me. I'm just having fun.\"
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\r\nGoing nine for his first eleven to start the AFL season and later enduring a four-game hitless streak as well, Laird says he stuck to his guns approach-wise and he's not at all surprised by the success he's having so far.
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\r\n\"I know I'm going to hit. When I go into my little funks I just want to stay with the same things so I don't make it a bigger problem.
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\r\n\"By staying with my approach I can get out of those [slumps] quicker and not like the first half the season. That's all I've been doing, just being as consistent as I can.\"
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