In 2009, retired St. Louis Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny agree to coach a St. Louis-area youth baseball team. STLToday.com’s Derrick Goold reports that it had to be under his terms, which were faith-inspired and without parent intrusion. The result is the TPX Warriors club, a principles-based baseball program that is helping to change the tenor of local youth sports by focusing more on developing the players into excellent young men than on winning games. And they play in a Field of Dreams-ish field carved into the corn, which is pretty cool.
Here’s how Matheny starts his Manifesto:
I always said that the only team that I would coach would be a team of orphans, and now here we are. The reason for me saying this is that I have found the biggest problem with youth sports has been the parents. I think that it is best to nip this in the bud right off the bat. I think the concept that I am asking all of you to grab is that this experience is ALL about the boys. If there is anything about it that includes you, we need to make a change of plans. My main goals are as follows: (1) to teach these young men how to play the game of baseball the right way, (2) to be a positive impact on them as young men, and (3) do all of this with class.
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