The Psychology of Trading1

The summer in sports is filled with big-name players switching teams. Soccer’s global transfer market is in full swing. Baseball is in season, too. There’s no shortage of big trade rumors, and the buzz is entertaining in its own right. The media chases down the rumors, and fans jump in with pros and cons. Trades are as much about the process as the outcome. The process of discussion is what really makes the impact.

In 2020, when I was on a baseball team, it was no different that summer. “We’re not going to get another chance to win a championship, we need to fill 00 spots this time!” “Do we get 000 players? Are you sending 000 players?” “What are you doing, you’re going to turn this team upside down.” There was a lot of pressure, a lot of questions, a lot of rebukes. The psychology of the team, the players, and the public made for a very unpredictable situation. On the surface, a trade is all about analysis and negotiation, but when you strip it down, it’s all about psychology. How do you keep your cool, and what is rational judgment? The much-talked-about trade remains open until the end of the month in Korean baseball. We’ve got about two weeks left, so let’s see what happens.

Anxiety and motivation
The “thaw” in the market is sneaky and reaches the locker room faster. The player whose name is mentioned has a lot on his mind: ‘Why me’, ‘Where will my place be if I go to that team’, ‘What about my family, am I going alone for my kid’s preschool’, ‘The charter is…’ He quickly taps his calculator, but it’s the anxiety-uncertainty that fills his head and heart. Your face darkens.
But Kim Tae-gun, a catcher who recently moved from the Samsung Lions to the KIA Tigers, seems to be different. I remember him as being highly motivated to achieve, and as is his nature, he seems to have prepared his body and mind well to align himself with his new opportunity. Rather than being discouraged by his team’s manager’s words before the opening day, ‘We’ll use the catcher to strengthen the team,’ he did himself a favor by preparing for an uncertain future with greater possibilities. If anything, I think the team that came out with the “we’re going to sell the catcher” plan too early did a disservice to their bargaining power.메이저사이트

Conflict and teamwork
Beyond the individual, the entire team is agitated. In the summer of 2020, as I recall, tensions grew between the beast and the pitcher. The pitching staff was having a string of bad games and losing a lot of close games. I detected some easy-talking behavior that jeopardized the chemistry (000 take over, 000 go out). Sides were being taken and blame was being placed. Grumbling weighs down the team like a damp winter quilt in the rainy season.
Sports teams are constantly thinking about how to win. They’re always playing their cards right and preparing plans A-B-C. This is where the words come in. It’s a necessary evil, but it has to stop, because the world isn’t on your side. In 2020, I also stopped negotiating with my A team. It was weird to see key things about Team A appearing in certain media outlets, and it made me uneasy. I thought, “I don’t want my players to hear their story out there.” Internal circle before negotiations