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Nate Schierholtz Talks An Improved ’12, What He Learned In 2011

By Bryan Rose

Just a quick post today as I’m heading out – but Chris Haft of MLB.com had a great piece on Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz this week, one that is well worth a few minutes of your time.

Nate talks about a variety of topics, one of the more interesting being how he finally feels “he gets it” – how he understands the scenarios, what’s needed of him and how to correctly approach the situation, of of which he credits for his clutch play and overall impressive 2011.

"“I kind of have a better idea of how to approach situations,” said Schierholtz, the Giants’ second-round selection in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. “It’s one of those things you wish you had when you came up four years ago, but it just takes time. I’m just a lot more confident now. I don’t treat every at-bat like it’s the end of the world.”Of course, Schierholtz would have preferred to receive the plate appearances that missing more than one-fourth of the season denied him.“I expect more out of myself than what I did this year,” said Schierholtz, who reached career highs with 22 doubles, nine home runs and 41 RBIs. “At the same time, the injury kind of set me back as far as at-bats.”"

You can read Haft’s entire piece by clicking here.