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by: David Driver

Matt Adams of the St. Louis Cardinals is the exception to the rule in many ways.

A former catcher in high school, Adams has shown that a big man can be agile enough to play first base at the Major League level. The Pennsylvania native is also a shining example of the Cardinals scouting and player development operation as one of the few products of a Division II college in the major leagues.

The left-handed slugger was a standout at Slippery Rock in college and remembers have a discussion with Brian Hopkins, a scout for the Cardinals. “He said I played the game the right way,” said Adams, who was drafted in the 23rd round in 2009 by St. Louis.

Adams was a Division II All-American in 2009 (first team), 2008 (second...

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Always Bring Your Best, or One Day You Might Wonder What Happened

It’s the last inning and the temperature just broke triple digits. You’re tired, you’re hot, your teammates are blaming each other for costly errors, and you’re in the hole by eight runs. It’s easy to give up, you tell yourself. Nobody will fault me if I don’t hustle. Why give 100 percent in a cause that seems lost? Outside of the fact that “the game ain’t over til it’s over,” as Yogi Berra would say, there’s another important reason to always play your ‘A’ game, no matter what: you never know who is watching.

Sure, you know Major League scouts and college recruiters are at showcases around the cou...

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The following article appears in the 'Coaches Clinic' section of the September/October 2017 issue of Junior Baseball. To purchase the issue, click here.

Sometimes you just have to lighten up, relax, breath, play, or even clown around.

As coach of the Mankato, Minnesota 13 year old traveling team, I knew I had to vary my practice routine. Our schedule was very demanding. With our league schedule and tournament schedule, we were playing five or six games a week. I knew if I said “let’s take some infield” one more time, I might have a revolution on my hands! When we had a break over the Fourth of July, I decided that it was time to break out my “Light” practice before the revolution started. I was going to put the word ‘fun’ back into fundamentals. I planned a station-to-station practice with my coaches that would accent fundamentals but in a unique ...

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Fort Worth Star TelegramBurnout, costs, time take toll on youth sports participationFort Worth Star TelegramAt the Arlington Optimist Club, which has been fielding teams since 1946, the number of baseball teams has fallen from more than 200 in the early 2000s to about 25 the past two years, said Robbie King, an Optimist board member who runs the leagues.

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