4/18/07

More Baseball Injuries

The post yesterday on the Yankee situation really is just the tip of the iceberg in professional and collegiate sports in the US. The administrators who do the hiring have no idea of what the field entails. I am sure that the guys they hired to fill those positions looked good on paper and probably even sounded good in an interview. I hate to burst any ones bubble here but the level of sophistication in baseball is not where the book “Moneyball” would lead you to believe. If you look closely at uniform coaches and support staff you will see a level of cronyism that continues. Pro sports is not about winning, it is about entertainment. The Yankees will make a ton of money win or lose!

12 Comments:

At 4/18/07, 11:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Professional sports....there is nothing professional about it other than getting paid for playing the game. It is not about winning nor athletic development. Just as Vern said, it is about entertainment.

Vern, people from the outside will not understand what you have gone through nor will they experience your journey in professional sports.

For the people who "works/trains" professional athletes in the off-season, you can save your BS...with training the professional athletes...3x a week for 2 hour sessions.

Spend 24 hours and 7 days a week with them, then you can spew off your 2 cents.

13 years of apprenticeship @ "professional" level
6 years of collegiate/hs level

 
At 4/18/07, 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vern,

How important is it for coaches to have played the game themselves?

Mark Day

 
At 4/18/07, 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will agree professioanl sports is increasingly more about entertaiment, but that's what it is ENTERTAIMENT! Life can go on without it!

You think it's all about money and entertaiment go watch a minor league game, ask those kids why they are playing for $500.00 a wk with no health insurance, no retirement fund. Struggling to find the money and time to train in the off-season.

Those Expert athletes have the ability to manipulate there skilled movement, that's why they get paid the big bucks$$. Keep them strong, healthly and coach them on the importance of who they are, where they are going and the role they play (as an athlete) in teaching the youth that look up to them.

30 years chasing the dream; all levels.

 
At 4/18/07, 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You think it's all about money and entertaiment go watch a minor league game, ask those kids why they are playing for $500.00 a wk with no health insurance, no retirement fund. Struggling to find the money and time to train in the off-season".

You really want to know why they are playing for $500 a week, blah blah?
Because they have a chance to make a lot more than $500 a week. IT'S NOT FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME!!

 
At 4/18/07, 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, those minor leaguers are playing for the love of the game all right. 30 years of experience...all level...still haven't learn.

Keep chasing!!!

 
At 4/18/07, 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, where's all the cynicism coming from? Broad sweeping generalizations, sarcasm...telling someone they still haven't learned after 30 years, now that's the mentality that makes dreams come true. If you dream of disappointment you will never be disappointed. The DIII women's basketball team I'm working with will never be in thw WNBA but they will be a force to reckon with next season. And oh they play for the love of the game. Every sports got 'em and at all levels both those who are greedy and those who love what they do.

 
At 4/18/07, 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I did learn something; coaches parents and players like you will never know what success really is. Please that's the best you've got? "keep chasing" "it's for the love of money"I laugh at it:) bring it! I feed of it! Really I feel sorry, because it sounds like you never set the sail, charted the course and put your you balls on the line. To find out that the world is not flat it's really round. To realize it's about learning, overcoming, winning medals, championships, rings, memories and making friends for life.

"Still have not learned", what? That there is a kid today picking up the "gear" of his choice taking it to the playing field for the pure joy of playing the sport. Only to find himself someday standing in the middle of the field with his friends raising that trophy in front of thousands of fans, with the money reflecting his hard work.

You really can't see that? O man you are missing it. PURE JOY BOYS! PURE JOY. Let me tell you, now go get your journal and put this one in it. It's better than anything you'll ever see or feel, taste or hear and you can't buy it.

Vern I respect you and enjoy your book and thank you for the blog and your words of wisdom.

 
At 4/18/07, 9:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of this is irrelevant comparing to what happen at Virginia Tech.

Instead of all the diatribes, share ideas…thoughts…philosophies…cues…techniques etc. Be a mentor to a young up and coming conditioning coach. What makes us better coaches? We teach!

TC

 
At 4/18/07, 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TC- I don't think anyone is comparing it to what happen at Virginia Tech.

That's the beauty of sports, we have a place to go to escape, heal and come together as family. "God forbid" but with this strong sports family we have the security in knowing our loved ones do have this place.

 
At 4/19/07, 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen!

TC

 
At 4/20/07, 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here it is in the nut shell. The Yankees front office did not do their homework!!!

They have a deal where they rake in $15 MILLION from 24 Hour Fitness. With that earning, it should cover their DL.

The Yankees hired an assistant that comes in couple times a week for 6 weeks during spring training to assist Jeff Mangold. Experience? Cashman felt that it was enough experience to hire him to assist another guru.

Would anyone out there hire someone with that experience to run your fitness/rehab/clinic?

 
At 4/21/07, 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the last anonymous, you said it brother...DID NOT DO THEIR HOMEWORK. Here is an example of "professional" ballers, Diamondbacks front office did not do their homework when hiring Wally Backman couple years back. They lost face...and fired Wally!
Wally Backman was the Diamondbacks manager for three days.

 

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