A Young Manager's Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life
On Sale: February 3, 2015
Hardcover / e-Book
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“Nothing worth doing right is easy.”
Mike Matheny was just forty-one, without professional
managerial experience and looking for a next step after a
successful career as a Major League catcher, when he
succeeded the legendary Tony La Russa as manager of the St.
Louis Cardinals in 2012. While Matheny has enjoyed immediate
success, leading the Cards to the postseason three times in
his first three years, people have noticed something else
about his life, something not measured in day-to-day results.
Instead, it’s based on a frankly worded letter he wrote to
the parents of a Little League team he coached, a cry for
change that became an Internet sensation and eventually a
The tough-love philosophy Matheny expressed in the letter
contained his throwback beliefs that authority should be
respected, discipline and hard work rewarded, spiritual
faith cultivated, family made a priority, and humility
considered a virtue. In The Matheny Manifesto, he builds on
his original letter by first diagnosing the problem at the
heart of youth sports it starts with parents and
coaches and then by offering a hopeful path forward.
Along the way, he uses stories from his small-town childhood
as well as his career as a player, coach, and manager to
explore eight keys to success: leadership, confidence,
teamwork, faith, class, character, toughness, and humility.
From “The Coach Is Always Right, Even When He’s Wrong” to
“Let Your Catcher Call the Game,” Matheny’s old-school
advice might not always be popular or politically correct,
but it works.
His entertaining and deeply inspirational book will not only
resonate with parents, coaches, and athletes, it will also
be a powerful reminder, from one of the most successful new
managers in the game, of what sports can teach us all about
winning on the field and in life.
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