Fantasy Fare: The power of imagination

Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks became the clutch hitter he is today in an amusingly simple...

Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks became the clutch hitter he is today in an amusingly simple process. (Reuters)

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:56 PM ET

It’s easy to get caught up in the statistical or technical side of any sport, to identify and even explain trends solely through the data provided. But every now and then, the human side of the game shines through, sweeps away all those numbers and charts and just makes you shake your head and smile.

Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks is arguably the No. 1 first baseman in fantasy baseball. Two years ago, he enjoyed his breakout season, hitting .282 with 20 homers and 82 RBIs. But he wasn’t satisfied with his ability to hit in the clutch, with runners in scoring position. So, he did something about it. When he entered the batter’s box and looked out at the pitcher, all he did was start imagining that the bases were empty.

The result was a .302 AVG, 36 HRs and 125 RBIs. With runners in scoring position, he hit .338 with a whopping 1.1446 OPS. This year, Goldschmidt has managed to maintain that, batting .323 with RISP and a 1.056 OPS, both among the MLB leaders at his po


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