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Old 09-23-2007, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Of the four teams that I played for this year, three of the four managers have little or no desire to manage next year. This includes myself. The fourth manager seemed to have limited interest this year while managing and I don't know his intentions for next year.

It's not that we did poorly either. Of the three league teams, one finished first in the regular season, another won the playoffs and the third took second place in the regular season. The fourth team didn't have a shabby year either though we came up short in the Worlds.

What is it with this game that burns out managers and discourages people from stepping up? Is it that there are too many primadonnas who are too difficult to work with?

Christ, it's hard to get guys to step up and manage for a single tournament. Is it me or is this prevalent everywhere and what can be done about it?




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when it comes to me...i been managing teams since 1998...i've sacrifieced playing time because i believed if someone should sit it comes from the top and always felt that someone else getting playing time made them a better ballplayer...used to be able to manage and play but now i'm getting older and don't have many years left so i decided to just be a player and maybe get more playing time and not have the distractions that managing teams comes with...i don't blame burnout nor the primmadonna theory...but just wanting to playball without the "other" things manging brings with it...it still "might" be possible i'll run a danbury team with two of my kids playing ball and a few of their friends just to get more kids invovled in the game....that decision won't be made til jan-feb...
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I think Randy is right with the playing time thing. I've seen it happen to the guy that runs our team. This also falls in line when we pay out of pocket for our tourneys/leagues. No one wants to fork over money to sit there and watch. Second, at least in our case, is getting full squads to everything. During the heart of the season, we're playing 3 league nights, tournaments Saturdays, and Sunday morning ball. It's tough to get everyone on the same page and getting guys to every game, especially since we have such a young team. Obviously anyone that's seen us at a tourney with 9 knows what I'm talking about.
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Being a manager of a team is a thankless job, but you should know that before getting into it. I do get the least at bats on our team but its not because I manage the team. I just know that the 10 guys out there have a bit more talent than me. I know I can play when we are short and take at bats here and there, and I am fine with that. I have to say, when you have good guys and good chemistry, the job isn't as hard. For the most part this year, we never really had a guy complain about sitting a game here or there. The thing I like to do, is always let guys know what there roles are before the season starts and before tournaments. ABA Tom, you wan't to help manage us clowns next year?

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Originally Posted by Joe Cat
Being a manager of a team is a thankless job, but you should know that before getting into it. I do get the least at bats on our team but its not because I manage the team. I just know that the 10 guys out there have a bit more talent than me. I know I can play when we are short and take at bats here and there, and I am fine with that. I have to say, when you have good guys and good chemistry, the job isn't as hard. For the most part this year, we never really had a guy complain about sitting a game here or there. The thing I like to do, is always let guys know what there roles are before the season starts and before tournaments. ABA Tom, you wan't to help manage us clowns next year?

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tom already has a job to do,managing
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Old 09-24-2007, 12:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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To be a successful manager, you have to put up with alot of shit from every angle... whether it be you own guys (playing time, not being able to make certain dates, one guy doesnt like another guy, guys at positions they may not want to be at... the list goes on and on.).. you deal with other teams ("sandbaggin" comments", "altered bat" comments, "you guys suck", "youre point chasers"... again ON AND ON!!)...You also have to deal with your own personal issues (time away from home never makes the wifey or kids too happy, MONEY!!!! and your own playing time...which shouldnt be an issue if you care about the TEAM and not EGO.)

The biggest, most important and TOUGHEST part of running, managing and sponsoring a team is getting the right personelle... you must find that fine line between grabbing a bunch of ringers that dont gel and finding a bunch of quality guys ready to do whatever it takes to help a team with a positive attitude and NO egos. I would take TWELVE "7-8"s with great attitude and comradery over TWELVE "10"s with "my shit dont stink attitudes and I do what I want when I want" ANY DAY!!!!

What I'm trying to say, is that these days that team full of "7-8-9"s with great attitudes is becoming harder and harder to build with all this altered bat and sandbagging shit going around. So, its no wonder so many managers and sponsors want to say "FUCK IT!!" and move on to more productive hobbies like ping-pong, lawn darts, horseshoes and of course Porn!!!
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