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Markelle Fultz, the Yips, and What He Can Learn from Baseball l Foolish Investigations

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It’s noire themed. I’m currently experimenting with easier-to-make content that I can upload between Baseball Bits episodes.

What’s wrong with Markelle Fultz? Is Markelle Fultz nervous? Kind of, he has the yips. There’s no way around it. In this debut (and possibly only) episode of Foolish Investigations, I investigate the yips, a sports phenomenon in which players suddenly lose the ability to perform what used to be instinctual motor functions.

After answering the age-old question of “what are yips?” I investigate the many baseball-related flavors that this affliction comes in.

I got Markelle Fultz yips. They deal with his shooting. I got Rick Ankiel yips. They deal with throwing balls. I got Khris Davis yips, which deal with strange Khris Davis throwing problems. Hell, I got Mackey Sasser yips. I then use these case studies to make broader points about the NBA’s attitudes towards mental health vs the MLB’s.

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