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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 ########” 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

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