January 29, 2009

Measures of Success

In our current sports climate, it is rare to find an athlete that doesn't place themselves on some sort of pedestal. All too common, it seems, players are more worried about the "here and now" rather than their future or, in some cases...the history of the game they play.

Doug Glanville (formerly of the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers) is proving he is NOT one of those players every time he sits down and pens his column for the New York Times. Coming on the heels of the Hall of Fame announcement a couple weeks back...Doug had this to say.

"O.K., you got me. I didn’t get voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame the other week. A .277 batting average with 60 career home runs is cool, but it won’t garner you any votes unless you led the world in some other category.

But I often wonder whether a player who gets into the Hall should be automatically considered successful. And whether one who doesn’t should be seen as unsuccessful."

Read the rest of Doug's work over at NYTimes.com.

BallHype: hype it up!

3 comments:

joel kirstein said...

Doug Glanville's terrific article in the New York Times today about the Measures of Success was articulate, thought provoking and had great perspective on what is truly important.

Though Doug Glanville won't make it into the HOF for his statistical accomplishments in a lengthy career for a role player, but his take of what success really means is very HOF worthy.

Having the where-with-all to take stock and inventory of his good fortune to have played 9 years in MLB, made good money, was an everyday player for 6 seasons, had a .277 career batting average and an impressive 293-game errorless streak in the field.

Glanville shows he is in a league of his own when by showing a tremendous amount of honesty, class and recognizing other ball players he met in his MLB career who were motivated by more than just money, but a sense a responsibility, dedication, honor, faith and commitment.

Jerry Glanville is a shining example of how some pro athletes don't wind up as a cautionary tale and victims of their own egos.

Matt Sinclair said...

This was not Glanville's first well written piece for the Times, either. I would not be surprised to hear of him garnering a nice book deal eventually.

Jesus said...

I do know that Doug is working on his own site, so yeah...a book deal is probably not TOO far off.