No I haven’t submitted anything to a paper or such.
I did publish a short book for rookie pitchers that I donate every year, in pdf format, to schools and amateur clubs to kind of give-back to this game that gave me so much.
I never really thought about sending anything to anybody. I’m just a field coach, didn’t make a mark anywhere to be noticed.
Baseball is all I really knew, for the most part. I was very thankful to get the work that I did, and being with some very dynamic people. I learned a lot about the frailty of the human spirit, and how easy it is to stumble.
In addition to the letters - with all the stuff in them, I found that going back and forth with my Mrs. kept my feet on the ground. I did my best to look at things with a different eye, don’t complain and do the best with what I had.
I never was one to befriend the bottle, nor did I like the clubhouse politics either. So, without those two, I was pretty much to myself most of the time. Besides, the pitching coach and those associated with a club’s rotation have a much different relationship than other people. Kind of hard to explain without stepping on a few toes - so I don’t want to go there.
In any event, thank you very much for the kind words.
My family and I sincerely wish you and your family the very best this Holiday Season.
John A. Baker