here is an article on the struggles and perseverence of roy halladay. it gives some brief insight into what it takes to make it at the profesional level.
steven, if you could give us a typical day for you in the off season and in season to provide the typical amateur some insight as to what it takes to make it at the pro level.
Granted, Mr. Halladay is an extreme when it comes to perseverance and hard work, but his story gives the typical amateur a different viewpoint on basebll. I’ve been told multiple times from a coach that worked in pro ball, indepent league, as a scout, and rehab specialtist that this is no longer a game attitude of “hey lets go toss the ball around”. This is no casual leisure activity and once the typical amateur begin to realize this, they can make an educated career choice.
In addition, for every Mr. Halladay there is 1,000 men that don’t make enough $$$ to pay rent. On top of that, they are behind on finding a job suited for their personality. Why? Because they’ve been chasing what some would call an athletic career. Be aware the media - in this case sports ilustrated- is only going to show you stories of men who have succeeded in their professional. Why is that? Because telling stories about the thousands of players that dont make it isn’t good PR, doesn’t market baseball, and doesn’t make any $$$. Why do you think the press loves to talk about guys like Dustin Pedroia?? He epitomizes baseball, the american dream, and markets to people like you and I. (the amateur)
Keep in mind Pedroia had “it” all his life, he was a 4 year starter at baseball powerhouse Arizona State. For him, it was just a matter of 1)transitioning to the professional game and everything it entails and 2) finding a scout who was willing to take a man of his stature. Short stature men such as lincecum and pedroia go against the grain of your typical scout. Why? Because there is a stereotype - like it or not - amongst scouts that baseball players must be a certain body type. I applaud the scouts who went against the stereotype and took a big chance, risking their scouting jobs as the organizations pay these two professionals big bucks $$$ to take these “undersized” men. If these men - or men of a similar stature don’t continue to perform in the future, don’t be surprised if you hear of scouts and/or managment losing their job position.
Keep in mind my friends, that playing pro baseball is nothing like a 16 game NFL season or 82 game NBA schedule. This is 162 games sitting in the hot sun - and if you don’t perform and stay healthy - they will have a man that can filling your spot faster than your eyes can blink. What do you think AAA, AA, High A, A , and rookie ball are for?
Health- you’ll often notice professionals looking down into the ground as their walking. Why? If they step into one little pot whole and twist an ankle their job is in question. Staying healthy is so important to these men - it is a constant every minute of every hour - on your toes lookout of their surroundings. These men can very rarely -if at all- fully relax from their job.
Don’t get me wrong - i’m all for playing baseball for fun, and if you’d like to pursue the professional ranks, then fine. Just know what your getting yourself into.
I know I’m not going to make any friends with this post, but thats not what I’m here for. I’m trying to help the typical amateur nd provide insight into what I’ve been told by some very, very qualified people.