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The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager's Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life

Book By Mike Matheny & Jerry B. Jenkins
2017
Posted By ReachCrowds

The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager's Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life

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Mike Matheny wrote a book that's become really popular in baseball circles and outside of it.

Mike Matheny is an American who played professionally in baseball for 13 seasons as a catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Francisco Giants, is currently the manager of the Kansas City Royals in Major League Baseball (MLB). He was born on September 22, 1970. Later, Matheny managed the Cardinals for seven seasons. He was one of the most skilled defenders of his time and was the recipient of four Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. One National League (NL) pennant and three NL Central division titles were won by Matheny's teams during his tenure as manager.

When Mike Matheny succeeded the great Tony La Russa as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012, he was barely 41 years old, had no prior experience as a manager, and was seeking for a new challenge following a successful career as a Major League catcher. People have observed something else about Matheny's existence, something not measured in day-to-day outcomes, despite the fact that he has seen immediate success, leading the Cards to the postseason four times in his first four years—a Major League record. Instead, it is based on a direct letter he addressed to the parents of a Little League team he coached. This letter was a protest against injustice that went viral online and finally became a "manifesto."

In the letter, Matheny outlined his tough-love ideology, which included his antiquated viewpoints on things like respecting authority, rewarding discipline and hard work, cultivating spiritual faith, prioritising family, and considering humility to be a virtue. He expands on his initial letter in The Matheny Manifesto by first diagnosing the issue at the core of youth sports—it starts with parents and coaches—and then by outlining a hopeful course of action. He explores eight principles to success along the road using tales from his small-town upbringing and his career as a player, coach, and manager.

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