Ozzie downplays psyche of struggling players

Ozzie downplays psyche of struggling players

Ozzie downplays psyche of struggling players
MIAMI -- If losing is getting into the heads of the Marlins, manager Ozzie Guillen suggests his players take a long look in the mirror.

Don't mention how a player's psyche is to the fiery Marlins manager.

"I don't believe in psyche," Guillen said. "I just believe in good clubs. Great players don't need psychiatry and psyche or a shrink. [Bad] players do. I never saw Pete Rose talking with any psychiatrist. Paul Molitor, and all those guys, they're talking with nobody. And all the [bad] players, they need a psychiatrist or a guy next to them to talk about it.

"The last five years, seven years, you see a lot of this in baseball. When players fail, they need a doctor. When managers or coaches fail, they need another manager. They get rid of our [butts] quick. Players are making an excuse with a shrink every day. How about an excuse when they're 4-for-4, they only got a shrink when they fail."

Laboring through a rough June has the Marlins searching for answers.

When the team won 21 games in May, they were loose, energized and just played.

"You've got to have fun," right fielder Giancarlo Stanton said. "If you go out there and get your butt kicked, you're not going to be happy. You're not going to be playing well. We've got to find some way to smile and have fun out of it, because if we come out here every day, and you're droopy and all that, it's just negative energy. It's not going to let you play better. You just have to find a way."

Even though they are in a rut, the Marlins remain in striking distance of the first-place Nationals in the National League East.

Stanton says it is crucial that the team doesn't get caught up in the negative.

"We have to stop worrying about it," the slugger said. "Don't let it get in your head, and have fun. Remember, it's a game that we're playing. It's not the end of the world, but at the same time, it can mess with you and get in your head and give you a hard time. You just have to have fun and ease the nerves."

To get mentally focused, Guillen remains bottom line -- stop worrying and produce.

"I grew up in a good era of baseball when Budweiser and vodka took care of the psychiatry thing," Guillen said. "That's the best thing. When you fail, come back the next day and see how good it feels."