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Jim Thome’s philosophy on brains and information

Twins fan Black here.

The Strib’s 14-page special section tribute to baseball in the run-up to opening day focuses quite a bit on the new-fangled statistics and new technology a players can use to analyze the mechanics of his most recent swing or the opposing pitcher’s motion. Future hall of famer and uninversally admired slugger Jim Thome doesn’t use any of it. In explaining why not, he provided the best quote I’ve seen so far today:

“My theory on it is, information is nice to have,” Thome said. “Sometimes too much information clogs the brain.”

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Pat McGee on 03/30/2011 - 11:33 am.

    Truer words were never spoken. I may just have to post that quote in my cube.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 03/30/2011 - 08:12 pm.

    Sounds like he’s been reading the collected works of Mr. Yogi Berra:
    “How can you think and hit at the same time?”

  3. Submitted by Paul Landskroener on 03/31/2011 - 04:27 pm.

    A second cousin to Ted Williams’ supposedly having said, “If you don’t think too good, don’t think too much.”

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