Cal Ripken, Jr., known as âThe Iron Manâ who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles from 1981 to 2001, told FOX Business the key to performing at a high level is consistency.
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âYou canât really accomplish anything unless youâre willing to come in, roll your sleeves up and get to work,â Ripken told Maria Bartiromo on âMornings with Maria.â
The Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, who shattered multiple MLB records including most consecutive games played at 2,632, gave advice to the younger generation of players.
âYouâve got to find a way to play hurt. And hurt meaning something less than 100%,â he said. âIf you can get the confidence to figure out how you can make contributions at less than your best then youâre a more valuable employee.â
At a time when most professional baseball players are bigger, stronger, faster and more injury stricken, Ripken tiptoed around whether the current generation requires a higher degree of mental toughness, but recalled playing through a painful herniated disk in 1997.
âThat was after the record was broken, so it wasnât about that. We were good. We were beating the Yankees from the first day of the season to the last and they were pushing us a little bitâ¦ I was faced with a decision. Iâve been through these rebuilding processes, I want to play now. So I asked the doctor whether I could play through that [and I asked] if I can do any damage. He said ânoâ and I said well âIâll try,ââ he said.