Thinking You’re Something or Being Something

He was something. Or at least he and others thought he was. He looked the part, talked the part, convinced everyone that he knew what he was talking about. Upon closer inspection, he hadn’t really done anything in the game, didn’t have anyone who cared to...

In Search of a Mentor

There have been several managers through the years in Major League Baseball who played for former Dodgers skipper Tommy Lasorda. There are only 30 teams in the Big Leagues, so Lasorda’s legacy is impressive. Lasorda is one of baseball’s historically great...

Our Dumbest Decisions

Most of us don’t like to be told the truth. We want to go on believing we’re doing a good job on the field, never truly craving the truth that can either reinforce what we’re doing well or reverse what we’re not doing well. But the truth, even...

Pitch Recognition and Plate Discipline

There are two skills in baseball that, if not learned early in life, are both valuable and difficult to learn later. I’m talking about pitch recognition and plate discipline. Pitch recognition, the ability to see the ball out of the pitchers hand and decide at...

Get with the Program

The coach made only one guarantee: you’ll be better after your time here, even if you don’t play as much as you’d like, than if you were playing every day anywhere else. Time after time, he was proven correct. Players who bought in, who committed...

The Wanderer

He could never find the right team. He became a baseball mercenary as a kid, playing for a different travel team each year, sometimes two in the same year. He went to three different high schools, always looking for greener pastures. Nothing ever seemed to satisfy...