I’ve posted remarks and my suggestions on this topic in prior posts - not all that encouraging I will admit. BUT, I did so with the hopes of informing youngsters like yourself of the harsh realities of this business and what awaits you.
Ok, ok… enough of the downer-stuff, let’s get to some information that’ll help you and will assist your fact-finding.
First off, you’ll want to talk to someone who’s been there … even better yet, someone that still is. So, first I suggest this:
Look for an Independent Professional League ball club and attend one of their games if you can. In any event,
call up that club’s web site and find out who the manager is. Send that manager a letter outlining your interests in professional baseball and ask him if he can spare some time to talk with you. If he can, prepare a list of questions to ask. If he can see you, be reasonable on the time and place that he’s available. While at this meeting. ask your questions, then sit back and listen - DON’T TAKE NOTES. Just listen and get an idea of the environment that he’s trying to get across to you.
Why an Independent League club? Because these guys have the time, where MLB club personnel doesn’t. Besides, coaches in that business - Independent Leagues, really appreciate someone like yourself who takes an interest in sharing some of their time and experiences. Not all mind you… of course, but enough to make it worth while to try.
If this doesn’t pan out for whatever reason(s), there’s a video that you should watch called “Playing for Peanuts.” ( language is a little dicey at times) and “time in the Minors”. They’re both an eye opener, believe me. So, here they are::
Best wishes on you journey.
Coach B. (retired)