A Good Word

Sometimes failure is all you can see. I can’t get a hit, can’t get on base, can’t make a play, can’t get anyone out. As a player, I’m terrible. We don’t understand the game, can’t execute under pressure, and surely can’t...

You Can’t Do It Alone

You can’t do it on your own, whatever it is. Life. Baseball. Coaching. Parenting. Those who attempt a solitary effort quickly find an overwhelming experience. There’s just too much we don’t know about those things, too much we can’t know. We walk alone at our own...

The Voice of God

In the past thirty years, a welcome trend occurred across the baseball landscape. Old, multipurpose, “cereal bowl” stadiums were razed in favor of new ballparks with a classic look and feel. There is something unique about each one. An often-overlooked...

Recruiters

Recruiters are all the same. They have to be. It’s their job. Whether it’s recruiting for a regional travel team or a college, the recruiter has one job: sell you on his program. “It’s going to be great. You’ll love everything about it...

Specialization

Sometimes the training never seems to end. Baseball is like that. If it’s not in-season practice and games, it’s summer ball. If it’s not summer ball, it’s fall ball. If it’s not fall ball, it’s winter conditioning. Lots of people...

Getting out of Your Own Way

He was a baseball scout’s dream. Tall, lean, and with a highly-projectable arm on the mound. Throwing velocity with ease, he also mixed in two offspeed pitches that could be devastating. But from the first time I met him, something seemed just off. From the first time...