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March 11, 2011

“it’s about the five minutes right after”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 11, 2011 11:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

That ultimate Cactus League grade for Quentin won’t come from results, which have him holding at a dismal-looking .136 average through Friday’s personal off-day. For Quentin, it’s about dealing with the negative moments even when they don’t count on his resume.

“To be honest, I’m really paying attention to, how do I say this, how I respond to whatever happens out there,” Quentin said. “That’s something I’ve planned on the offseason to work on.

“So I want to maintain a level head, just maintain a relaxed feeling out here. It’s been pretty good. There have been a couple of days where I resorted back to frustration. But I want to say that I’m making some progress there. From this point, I want to monitor how my mindset is on a day-to-day basis.”

As far as Quentin’s swing progress, the deep-thinking right fielder said he has been working with hitting coach Greg Walker with a purpose in order to clean some things up. Walker pointed to looking for a lower-effort swing for Quentin and getting consistent with posture and body position.

“There’s a trust involved,” Quentin said. “[Walker] sees stuff I can’t see, and I go to work on them. The at-bats have been better. Contact has been better.”

Major production hasn’t been there for Quentin, who has three singles in 22 at-bats. But those struggles actually might provide better regular-season preparation for Quentin than hitting safely in almost every at-bat. Quentin understands he isn’t perfect, and there will be the occasional bat slam after missing a pitch he should have hit.

“Really, it’s about the five minutes right after that,” Quentin said. “Maintain a good mindset to go out there and compete and have the best chance to succeed in the next opportunity.

“It’s always easy to handle good results. The key is to handle the ones that aren’t so optimistic and move on from there to have the best chance for good results the next day.”

4 Comments »

  1. I want cq to have a season like 08, but even if hes like last year, he still drove in a lot of runs. he’s not consistent, but when he’s hot he is the best.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 12, 2011 @ March 12, 2011 11:14 am | Reply

    • yeah. Do you think the Sox will sign him for 2012 after this season or non-tender him if this year is like next year?

      Comment by The Wizard — March 12, 2011 @ March 12, 2011 12:14 pm | Reply

      • if it were up to me I’d say yeah, unless someone can replace him with more production because cq will drive in a lot of runs. I think his average won’t make him any less a dangerous RBI threat. tampa bay was succesful with carlos pena, so he isn’t a terrible player. all he needs is to be more consistent, because he can hit. but I’m expecting him to have a better year.

        Comment by Anonymous — March 12, 2011 @ March 12, 2011 5:05 pm | Reply

  2. carlos had a good game today against the dodgers. maybe he can start the year with some confidence instead of frustration, he can have a more consistant, and solid year. consistency is the only thing holding cq back.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 13, 2011 @ March 13, 2011 8:33 pm | Reply


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