“In moments of crisis, the initiative passes to those who are best prepared.”
Houston Astros pitcher Charlie Morton is 34 years-old. In 2018, Morton became an All-Star for the first time in his career. His 2018 numbers are excellent: 11 wins and 2 losses with a 2.96 ERA. Charlie Morton came into his own in 2017 in what was his 10th Major League season. He was 14-7 with a 3.62 ERA. In 2017, Charlie Morton became the first pitcher to win the both the 7th game of the League Championship Series and the 7th game of the World Series in the same season.
Charlie Morton pitched for the Indianapolis Indians in 2009 and 2010. You could see that he had the potential and the work ethic to be a fine Major League pitcher, but at that time, his self-confidence needed to improve. Morton had some success with the Pittsburgh Pirates but did not really “breakthrough” until last season with the Houston Astros. Charlie changed his approach and threw more four-seam fastballs. That increased his velocity, and he also threw more curveballs. Those changes enabled him to strike out more batters, and his results were fantastic! I always enjoyed being around Charlie because he is a very kind and considerate person. His story is heartwarming since he did not have much success until age 33. A terrific life lesson about “hanging in there” because it can take time to reach your full potential.