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The Matheny Manifesto

A Young Manager's Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life

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 “Nothing worth doing right is easy.”
–Mike Matheny

 
   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 “manifesto.”
 
   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-hint: 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

Matheny Manifesto

A book explaining why society should be concerned about its future as seen through youth sports

Didn't want it to end

First of all I am not a cardinals fans, but I was sad when I reached the end. I didn't want it to end.

Pure Class

This book should be required reading for all parents and grandparents of children playing youth sports. All coaches of youth teams will benefit too! This book would have served me well years ago when my son played on a traveling soccer team. Thanks Mike for sharing with us and Go Cardinals!

The Matheny Manifesto
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Coaching
  • Published: Feb 03, 2015
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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