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Title:
The Matheny Manifesto : a young manager's old-school views on success in sports and life
Author:
Matheny, Mike, 1970- , author.
Edition:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crown Archetype, [2015]

©2015
Physical Description:
221 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Mike Matheny was just forty-one when he succeeded the legendary Tony La Russa as manger of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. He enjoyed immediate success as a manager, leading the Cards to the postseason three times in his first three years. But he is perhaps as well known for his tough-love philosophy, famously expressed in a frankly worded letter he wrote to the parents of a Little League team he coached. That letter contained his throwback beliefs that authority should be respected, discipline and hard work rewarded, spiritual faith cultivated, family made a priority, and humility considered a virtue. In The Matheny Manifesto, he builds on his original letter by first diagnosing the problem at the heart of youth sports and then offering a hopeful path forward.
Language:
English
Contents:
The letter that went viral -- The problem -- Whatever happened to the love of the game? -- The problem with New-School parents -- Coaches with complexes, or you're not Billy Martin -- A better way -- Our grand experiment -- Parents just trying to get it right -- What a great coach looks like -- The keys to success -- The coach is always right-even when he isn't/Key #1: Leadership -- Let your catcher call the game/Key #2: Confidence -- Don't think less of yourself, think of yourself less/Key #3: Teamwork -- Be candid about your beliefs/Key #4: Faith -- Respect the Ump; even if he's visually challenged/Key #5: Class -- Stay in your lane/Key #6: Character -- Nothing worth doing right is easy/Key #7: Toughness -- Seek help when you need it, express thanks when you get it/Key #8: Humility -- The Manifesto impact.
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ISBN:
9780553446692
Format :
Book

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"Nothing worth doing right is easy."
-Mike Matheny

Mike Matheny was just forty-one, without professional managerial experience and looking for a next step after a successful career as a Major League catcher, when he succeeded the legendary Tony La Russa as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. While Matheny has enjoyed immediate success, leading the Cards to the postseason three times in his first three years, people have noticed something else about his life, something not measured in day-to-day results. Instead, it's based on a frankly worded letter he wrote to the parents of a Little League team he coached, a cry for change that became an Internet sensation and eventually a "manifesto."
 
The tough-love philosophy Matheny expressed in the letter contained his throwback beliefs that authority should be respected, discipline and hard work rewarded, spiritual faith cultivated, family made a priority, and humility considered a virtue. In The Matheny Manifesto, he builds on his original letter by first diagnosing the problem at the heart of youth sports−hint: it starts with parents and coaches−and then by offering a hopeful path forward. Along the way, he uses stories from his small-town childhood as well as his career as a player, coach, and manager to explore eight keys to success: leadership, confidence, teamwork, faith, class, character, toughness, and humility. 
 
From "The Coach Is Always Right, Even When He's Wrong" to "Let Your Catcher Call the Game," Matheny's old-school advice might not always be popular or politically correct, but it works. His entertaining and deeply inspirational book will not only resonate with parents, coaches, and athletes, it will also be a powerful reminder, from one of the most successful new managers in the game, of what sports can teach us all about winning on the field and in life.


Author Notes

Jerry B. Jenkins was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on September 23, 1949. He is the author of more than 175 books including the Left Behind series, Riven, Matthew's Story, The Last Operative, and The Brotherhood. He is also the former editor of Moody Magazine, and his writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and dozens of Christian periodicals. He wrote the nationally syndicated sports story comic strip, Gil Thorp, from 1996-2004.

He owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company in Los Angeles, which produced the critically-acclaimed movie Hometown Legend, based on his book of the same name. He also owns the Christian Writers Guild, which trains professional Christian writers. As a marriage and family author and speaker, he has been a frequent guest on Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

This memoir in the form of a manifesto draws its origins from a letter Matheny wrote to parents who asked him to coach a local youth baseball team. In it, he laid firm ground rules not only for how the team would operate but also how parents would participate. The letter went viral and has been touted as a vision of how youth sports in the United States can be improved. Matheny, a former major league catcher and current manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, expands on topics found in the manifesto, using experiences from his childhood and coaching career. He suggests ways youth sports could be made more enjoyable for children while aiming to improve their skills. He also takes moments to talk about how his experiences and views of sports can be used to create a more fulfilling and peaceful life. VERDICT Matheny does a lot of, "I don't claim to have all the answers, but" which is usually a qualifying statement that comes before acting like you have all the answers. Still, he has a proven method to improve youth sports, and a lot of his views on life come from famed college basketball coach John Wooden.-Matt Schirano, Magnus Wahlstrom Lib., Bridgeport, CT (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Bob Costas
The Letter That Went Viralp. 11
Part 1 The Problem
1 Whatever Happened to the Love of the Game?p. 27
2 The Problem with New-School Parentsp. 34
3 Coaches with Complexes, or You're Not Billy Martinp. 45
Part 2 A Better Way
4 Our Grand Experimentp. 57
5 Parents Just Trying to Get It Rightp. 75
6 What a Great Coach Looks Likep. 89
Part 3 The Keys to Success
7 The Coach Is Always Right-Even When He's Wrongp. 103
Key #1 Leadership
8 Let Your Catcher Call the Gamep. 113
Key #2 Confidence
9 Don't Think Less of Yourself, Think of Yourself Lessp. 131
Key #3 Teamwork
10 Stand Your Groundp. 151
Key #4 Faith
11 Respect the Ump-Even If He's Blindp. 163
Key #5 Class
12 Stay in Your Lanep. 175
Key #6 Character
15 Nothing Worth Doing Right Is Easyp. 190
Key #7 Toughness
14 Seek Help When You Need It, Express Thanks When You Get Itp. 205
Key #8 Humility
The Manifesto Impactp. 219
Afterwordp. 223

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