Jim Edmonds' biggest contribution

“We talk about a lot of things, offensive stuff, defensive stuff,” he said about his tutoring of Bruce. “Mostly it is mental stuff – trying to calm him with some things that I’ve learned over the years from Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols. I just try to keep him calm in the batter’s box. I try to emphasize having an approach when he bats,” Edmonds added. “I was a young player out there trying to do everything I could and you really don’t have a focus or a game plan. I was trying to slow things down. I just try to talk to him every day and remind him that he doesn’t have to be perfect,” said Edmonds. “He got thrown out on the bases the other day and came to the dugout ranting and raving and I said, ‘You know what? It’s over and you can’t do anything about it. You have to finish the game and you have another big at-bat coming up. The things that I believe really helped me I just pass along. Jay is now calm and under control at the plate and that’s a huge deal.” [The Real McCoy]