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by Keith Madison
Tom Roy is the president and founder of UPI. He played minor league baseball in the Giants organization and has coached at the high school and college level. He has also been a team chaplain for the Chicago White Sox and has conducted baseball camps and clinics internationally. He is a baseball “lifer,” having been involved in the game as a player, coach, chaplain, clinician, radio personality and author for over fifty years. I recently caught up with Tom at the NCCAA Baseball Tournament in Mason, Ohio and asked him the following questions: Continue reading
Coaches, teachers and parents talk about it. Players are probably sick of hearing about it. But, it is a precious possession, a key that unlocks the door to success and an incredibly valuable gift to give others. Without it, you are doomed to failure and misery. It’s not only a possession, but also a decision. As a matter of fact, it’s the most important decision that you make each day. Continue reading
SCORE International was thrilled to host the University of Louisville Baseball team on a recent short-term mission/baseball experience in the Dominican Republic. Dan McDonnell, his staff, players and several parents provided food to sugar cane villages, supported and befriended over 50 girls at Pasitos de Jesus (our girls orphanage) and played some very competitive baseball. Congrats to Dan and his team for getting out of their comfort zone for a few days to give back. For coaches or players interested in a once-in-a-lifetime baseball experience similar to this, please check out our website, CoachKeithMadison.com, or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inside Pitch: First things first- what are some of the logistics involved with organizing a mission trip for your entire program?
Dan McDonnell: “The first step is raising the money. As coaches at the end of last season, it was ‘make or break’ whether we were ready to take this thing on. The more we got into it, the more comfortable we felt, and I actually started to enjoy the process of raising the money for something you know will be life-changing for these kids.” Continue reading
Growing up in St. Paul, MN, there was scarcely a day I did not dream of being a Major League baseball player. My loving, hard-working father, Harold, who found the money to provide gloves, bats, and baseballs for my two younger brothers and me, fueled the love for the game. Often the broken bats were nailed back together and the ragged balls bound up with black friction tape. Dad worked two jobs while we were in school; our dear Mom was ill with Multiple Sclerosis. My Father taught me responsibility, perseverance, Godly faith and how to give tender, loving care to my Mother. But one particular lesson he taught remains fixed in my memory as Dad’s shining moment.
I earned a partial athletic scholarship to play both baseball and basketball at the University of Minnesota. I lived at home, studied hard to stay eligible, and earned enough playing semi-pro baseball in the summers to buy an old car. Mom and Dad were my biggest encouragement. Our Minnesota Gopher baseball team prospered under legendary coach Dick Siebert, and the pro scouts began to follow a number of our players—including a tall skinny shortstop named Kindall. My dream was beginning to come true!
Following my sophomore year in 1955, I was invited by a Major League team to work out with them before a three-game series at their home park. At that time, any major league team could attempt to sign a prospect any time during the year. However, if that team gave the prospect more than $4,000 signing bonus, the player had to spend his first two years on the big league club and count against the Major League 25-man limit before going to the minor leagues, where 99% of professional players begin their careers. Continue reading
Interview by Keith Madison
Brian Doyle has had an impactful and influential baseball career. He is best known for leading the Yankees with a .438 batting average in the 1978 World Series. His older brother Denny played in the Major Leagues with the Phillies, Angels and Red Sox. His twin brother Blake is currently the major league hitting coach with the Colorado Rockies. The three of them together were innovators in starting the Doyle Baseball School in 1978. The school has trained over 500,000 players and 300,000 coaches to date. The Doyle brothers were also pioneers in showcases (Doyle Bonanza) and coaches certification. Having competed against Brian in little league, high school and in the minor leagues, I thought it would be fun to talk baseball with him once again.
In an era prior to camps, showcases and travel ball, how did a young Brian Doyle develop his passion and skill for baseball?
Our father, Robert, was a very good amateur basketball and baseball player. He spent a lot of time in the backyard throwing, playing pepper and catching ground balls to us. When Blake, my identical twin, and I were in the 7th grade, Denny, my older brother, was in the Major Leagues with the Phillies. In a small, rural Kentucky town there was only one thing that occupied our time and that was sports. We played all sports, but baseball was the game that seemed to come naturally.
You come from a well known “baseball family.” How did your father and brothers impact your passion for the game and help you develop your skills?
Having a big brother eleven years older was a huge factor. Denny would come home from pro-ball to teach Dad and us. Dad would quickly make coaching adjustments. He was a good coach who knew “the only way to get better is to get smarter.” I was impacted at a very young age with that principle. So my skill level got better each year. The passion for the game comes from the desire to become better. Continue reading
Both athletes and coaches take what they do very seriously. Sometimes a slump, losing streak or even winning can become all-consuming. For many people in all levels of baseball, faith is the focal point and helps these ultra competitive individuals keep balance in their lives. If eyes are taken off the mark, families, careers and even personal health may suffer.
Recently, I was able to reach out to several baseball men to see if there is a special verse from the Bible that helps them maintain focus and a healthy outlook during the season. They all love to compete and they are all winners, but they also understand what it means to “keep the main thing the main thing.”
Manny Cervantes, Head Baseball Coach, Asbury University
Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Manny feels these verses have been a great encouragement because they summarize what his mission needs to be each day. “I will please God if I pursue honoring Him in whatever He has me doing; whether I’m talking to one of my current players or a recruit, coaching in a game, or coming home to my wife and kids after a tough loss. I’m learning that God doesn’t expect me to be perfect, but rather that I pursue pleasing Him every day by loving Him and loving others. This is easier said than done, but it’s the only way to find true satisfaction in life.” Continue reading