The Art of Drafting Baseball Players

first_imgIt is not hard for any pro baseball scout to judge talent.  If you are a pitcher, they use a radar gun to see how hard you throw.  If you are a position player, they check how you handle the bat and what type of power you have.  The key to drafting players who make the big leagues is the ability to judge the inner quality of the individual.They want to know what kind of desire you have to win, how your skills were attained, and what are your goals.  One way to do this is to visit the athlete in his home environment.  As you can see from the things mentioned above, there is really no quantitative way to evaluate these.  Here is where the true skill of a scout comes into play.The scout wants to know what kind of talent this athlete has compared to others his age, what kind of desire he shows to win, and how he cooperates with the members of his team. They like someone who is sure of themselves but not overly cocky.  Many times the final decision on drafting someone is what that team needs immediately or down the road.last_img read more

Mourinho feeling cheated of victory

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho was left feeling cheated by Jan Vertonghen’s role in Fernando Torres’ sending off – an incident the Portuguese claims cost them victory at Tottenham. “And this player is a fantastic player, but he is a special guy because three days ago he left the Aston Villa striker naked and it was not a penalty or a red card. “He should not have played this game. Vertonghen should not have played this game – he should have been suspended for a red card against Aston Villa. “You go on YouTube, it is top of the ridiculous situations in football. It is ridiculous, the boy is naked. “Today he changed the game, he changed the game, so I am not happy.” One thing that did please Mourinho, though, was the display of Juan Mata. Left out of the starting line-up, the Spain international was instrumental in Chelsea’s second-half turnaround. “I think this is the way players should say ‘I want to play’,” Mourinho said. “Blah, blah, blah is not good. Conversation with you (the media) is not good. The agents blah, blah, blah behind is not good. “Good is this, good is the effort he made against Swindon. It is the way he changed the team in the second half. “And because of that, I am a very happy and I say with 72 hours in advance he plays Steaua Bucharest. He won that by himself.” Mata’s introduction at half-time allowed Ramires to play deeper and saw Chelsea dominate the second period. The point was deserved in the end but the match could have ended so much differently had Paulinho not struck the post last in the first half, wasting a chance to make it 2-0. “I think probably the moment of the game was Paulinho hitting the post just before half-time,” Spurs boss Villas-Boas said. “Had that gone in, it could have put us in a very, very good position. “I think we deserved that for the first half that we played. The second half wasn’t really well played by both teams, but I think Chelsea had the upper hand on the counter-attacks. “They looked very strong and deserved to get the equaliser in the end with a set play.” Villas-Boas sped through his media duties after the match, with a flight to Porto leaving from Gatwick just hours after the match. He left for the airport long before Mourinho’s attack on Vertonghen, although he could understand his counterpart feeling aggrieved by the red card. “There was a couple of incidents,” he said. “I think it is difficult for the ref to judge. “They both go for the ball and the ref decides to caution Fernando, so probably that one is a bit dubious and unfair. “But there were some incidents before that could have got him the caution earlier, also for Jan, to be fair. “It was a tight battle and I think the referee made wise decisions, just the one with the sending off was a bit difficult for them. “The scratch is the one we are annoyed with, but Jose will be annoyed with the sending off.” Press Association The teams fought out a hot-tempered 1-1 draw befitting of the build-up surrounding Mourinho’s first match against former protege Andre Villas-Boas. Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Spurs a deserved lead in an opening 45 minutes they dominated, only for John Terry to head home a leveller before Torres was sent off for a second bookable offence. Having escaped a straight red for scratching Vertonghen’s face earlier in the game, referee Mike Dean gave the Spaniard a second yellow card for an elbow on the defender towards the end of the match. Replays, though, showed there was no contact and Mourinho believes Torres’ sending off robbed Chelsea of victory in north London. Furthermore, he was adamant that Vertonghen should not have been playing anyway after a foul on Aston Villa’s Nicklas Helenius in the Capital One Cup. “Yes, [we would have won with 11 men], but football is football,” Mourinho said. “Sometimes things happen and you don’t know why, but I think the way it was going not one person thought we were not at that time much, much better and much, much stronger. They were in trouble. “I don’t think the referee is guilty. He made the wrong decision, but the referee trusted the player. “When you see a player with hands in his face and pretending that it was a violent action, I think the referee’s normal tendency is to follow and make the decision. “It was a bad decision by the referee, but for me it was a situation where the player was not helping the referee. last_img read more

Football: Chryst believes Wilcox is ‘great fit’ as new defensive coordinator

first_imgWhen asked about his new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox in a press conference Monday, University of Wisconsin head football coach Paul Chryst said the same thing time and time again to describe Wilcox.“I really do think it’s a great fit for our staff and for our players and for this program,” Chryst said.That “great fit” that Chryst described numerous times has some big shoes to fill after the highly-touted and successful defensive coordinator Dave Aranda left to take the same position at LSU.Football: Wisconsin to hire Justin Wilcox as new defensive coordinatorThe Wisconsin football team is close to finalizing a deal to hire former University of Southern California defensive coordinator Justin Read…But for Wilcox, he’s not going to let those lofty expectations affect how he approaches the job.“I think when you start adding in external things you might lose track of what’s really important and that’s just preparing the team as best you can,” Wilcox said. “There are great coaches on the staff, again, I’m just a piece of it.”Any adversity Wilcox may see in his first season as the Badgers new defensive coordinator will be nothing that he hasn’t seen before.After finding success as a defensive coordinator at Boise State, Tennessee and Washington, Wilcox hit a rough patch when holding the same position at USC for the past two seasons. Not only was his head coach Steve Sarkisian forced to step down due to substance abuse problems, but Wilcox was also fired before the team’s bowl game.Wilcox, however, is looking at the situation he’s been in optimistically. He’s embracing it as just another chapter in his life, and he is more than ready for what is to come next.“That’s life in general,” Wilcox said. “Rarely do [things] go exactly how you planned them to go, so it’s when you do have a little adversity here or there that really makes you who you are.”In terms of what Wilcox is expected to bring to the team’s defensive system, Chryst hopes he will bring in a similar strategy to that of Aranda.Not only does the new defensive coordinator plan on implementing the same 3-4 defensive scheme that Aranda had in place, but the two also have a history together, according to Wilcox.When Aranda was coaching at Hawaii and Wilcox was at Boise, they had been in constant communication for a number of years and shared thoughts regarding “football things.”“I watched a lot of tape, we had shared ideas and things like that,” Wilcox said. “There is a lot of similarity. Some of the language may differ a little bit, but they played excellent defense. There is no doubt about it.”And while the current and former defensive coordinators see eye-to-eye, Chryst believes that he and his new assistant see eye-to-eye as well.Wilcox was not on top of the head coach’s list of potential replacements once Aranda told Chryst he was leaving, but Chyrst had heard enough about Wilcox that he wanted to find out more.What he found out was that Wilcox was a “great fit” for what he and the program were looking for.“The more I talked to people, and specifically when I talked to Justin, I got more energy,” Chryst said. “I’m excited for him to be coaching our kids.”last_img read more