Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sickels: The Navy SEALS and the Pittsburgh Pirates

Some (Private) Pyle-ing on.

A Navy SEAL team can find itself in a literal life-and-death situation, with the physical survival of the entire group resting on what one individual may or may not do in a maximal moment of stress. While baseball success also has a group/individual dynamic, it is not a literal life-and-death situation. The tightest pennant race or Game Seven of the World Series do not have the stakes of a military mission. [...]

Trying to create those kinds of teammate bonds artificially is not going to work. Think of it this way: the Navy isn’t going to trade a sailor to the enemy for a machine gunner to-be-named-later. In baseball, any player may very well get traded to “the enemy” at any time.

**I do applaud the attempt to try something different, but baseball isn’t the military. The players know this, and it strikes me that pushing too much military-style training in a baseball environment could actually harm morale, not improve it, by raising the “this is bullshit” factor to a damaging level in the minds of some players.

Greg Franklin Posted: October 26, 2012 at 03:58 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: military, minor leagues, pirates, scouting

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Francis
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogHow to Rationalize an Eric Hosmer Mega-Contract | FanGraphs Baseball
(16 - 6:19pm, Feb 21)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

NewsblogDave Stieb on Hall of Fame: 'I surely did not deserve to be just wiped off the map' | MLB | Sporting News
(30 - 6:14pm, Feb 21)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

NewsblogOT - December 2016 NBA thread
(2307 - 6:11pm, Feb 21)
Last: If on a winter's night a baserunner

NewsblogOTP 20 Feb. 2017: Baseball in a Time of Politics
(728 - 6:06pm, Feb 21)
Last: Sleepy's still holding up that little wild bouquet

NewsblogHow baseball players are trying stem cells to avoid Tommy John
(3 - 5:53pm, Feb 21)
Last: Rancischley Leweschquens (Tim Wallach was my Hero)

Newsblog5 reasons Matt Wieters would make the Nationals the NL East favorites | FOX Sports
(13 - 5:45pm, Feb 21)
Last: Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein

NewsblogSammy Sosa compares himself to Jesus Christ, denies PED use
(19 - 5:42pm, Feb 21)
Last: Lance Reddick! Lance him!

NewsblogIn a world without stats, who would be the best baseball player?
(53 - 5:30pm, Feb 21)
Last: Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments

NewsblogMike Piazza Learns How to Be an Owner. Of a Soccer Team. In Italy.
(9 - 5:29pm, Feb 21)
Last: Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee)

NewsblogTen Bold Predictions for the Coming Season
(5 - 5:24pm, Feb 21)
Last: JJ1986

NewsblogAstros hope Yuli Gurriel can bring stability to first base - Houston Chronicle
(20 - 4:56pm, Feb 21)
Last: Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist

NewsblogOT: January 2016 Soccer Thread
(232 - 4:45pm, Feb 21)
Last: jmurph

NewsblogRick Ankiel drank vodka before starts to ease anxiety
(2 - 4:24pm, Feb 21)
Last: SoSH U at work

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-21-2017
(10 - 3:06pm, Feb 21)
Last: oscar madisox

NewsblogHelp wanted! These problem positions have plagued teams for a decade
(31 - 2:18pm, Feb 21)
Last: theboyqueen

Page rendered in 0.1877 seconds
45 querie(s) executed