Love Them Enough to Tell Them the Truth

He entered coaching with one goal: to impact the lives of young men through the game of baseball. Over the years, he noticed something. Of all the things guys seemed to benefit from most, what they seemed to cringe about at first, what they seemed to crave later, what...

A Good Reminder

He had been teaching them some new skills, pushing them beyond where they had gone before. They were capable, but they had just never thought of doing it this way. Now, they seemed hungry for more instruction. Slowly and surely, they had seen themselves improve, had...

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...

What’s Your Point?

Whether written or unwritten, every league, every coach, every player, and every parent has a set of points of emphasis. Most of what leagues, coaches, players, and parents emphasize is obvious. Performance, winning, competition. What’s interesting is when the...

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...