This Week in Milford

June 13, 2018

Coaches Want Travelers And Campers

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Coach Kaz, Gil Thorp, Just plain sad, Milford Idiots — timbuys @ 6:12 am


P1: About College ball… You’ve never come across as the scholarly type, so why not try out for the Central City Boxmakers? They play exhibition games for beer money and seem about on your level. Last I heard, Slim Chance was picking up cleanup innings in between gigs at local county fairs.

P2: Besides, coaches want kids who have enriched them over the years through the provision of free (amateur) labor and camp tuition. They especially like it when they’ve had the chance to groom these kids away from their parents. Then again, if anyone on the team could use some groomin’… Maybe at least buy you a scrunchy or something.

P3: And after an almost interminable lecture on the walk from the locker room to the field, none of this gets through to Kevin. I’m going to have to assume that Kaz has some bluetooth buds plugged in and is jamming out to the greatest hits the early twenty-first century has to offer.

Bonus Points: I award none today.



  1. 1. I like the fact that Kevin hasn’t even pinpointed what college level he wants to aim for: Junior College? NAIA? NCAA Division II? Division I-AA? or a Division I powerhouse in the College World Series?

    2. You know, Kevin doesn’t have to wait for Gilberto to start dragging his feet calling in favors, he can take some initiative and contact college programs himself — Maybe send them a homemade highlight reel? Hopefully Kevin’s game is more rounded than “free swinging home run hitter” because this isn’t 1999 and there’s more to baseball than home runs…

    3. God damn it, Rubin… College coaches will take anyone who can fucking PLAY, regardless of whether they’ve been on travel teams (this is really more of a softball thing) or to camps… College coaches tend to prefer recruiting those players because at least on paper they’ll have higher competition on a travel team and if they come to camp they will already be a scouted and known commodity and the coaches will have already started building a relationship with said player…

    4. Funny how a dude who was so fucking obsessed with being a football start that he literally changed position three times in a season and wasted an entire summer training with the quarterback princess (without once trying to get up in her ass) has thrown it all away…. Ironically, had he stayed at linebacker which was the one position he excelled at, he’d probably have some football coaches kicking his tires at least…

    Comment by hitorque — June 13, 2018 @ 8:45 am

  2. In this dimwit’s case, I think coaches would like to see how well he performed on a travel team, because the HS teams, at least in Illinois, don’t get recruited as much as the top level travel teams do. So Moose hits a few long flies off of a HS pitcher’s fucking what? Let’s see how well he does against good pitchers with an assortment of breaking balls, sliders, off-speed stuff, etc. My guess is, not much…..Hitorque is right…he shouldn’t have quit his day job, football.

    Comment by franku2016 — June 13, 2018 @ 9:23 am

  3. If Palooka wants to play baseball, then he should play baseball. But the guys are right that he is light years from the level college coaches are looking for. In high school, I was a tape measure hitter myself– outside the fence at our home field, the land sloped down to a river, and I put a few balls in it. Then I collided with real pitching…

    Palooka has made some good swing adjustments with Gil’s help, but I doubt he has seen much beyond fastballs and 12-6 curves. I suspect that if you showed him a cutter or even a really good change you’d see some really funny-looking swings.

    This is not a bad story (and it’s certainly a relief to have Barely Bader off stage for a few days) but sometimes you have to inject a little realism.

    Comment by vaganova — June 13, 2018 @ 11:56 am

  4. Gil hasn’t talked to any coaches. He’s reading TWIM. What a phony jag off!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — June 13, 2018 @ 4:04 pm

  5. ABC: Always Be Camping?

    Comment by nedryerson — June 14, 2018 @ 6:43 am

  6. I’ve often wondered why Rubin hasn’t taken on a travel team story arc (I don’t count True Standish’s Tronix camp sojourn and the seven-on-sevens as one, as it took a back seat to that whole #gottabetrue nonsense). Gil makes a very valid point here, and an arc about travel team players vs. non-travel team players on a high school squad would touch on a lot of issues. Kids on travel teams take up lots of their parents’ money and time, and there are lots of kids who have the talent but not the resources to play on travel teams so that’s an angle that could be played. On the flip side of that, I’ve seen kids with marginal talent put on travel teams through their parents’ influence as a possible means of keeping them out of trouble and giving them something to do. This is particularly true in the rural part of the country where I grew up.

    I’ve now put more mental effort into this comment than I have into today’s post, so I need to shift focus and get working on that. Apologies to the readership.

    Comment by teenchy — June 14, 2018 @ 7:28 am

  7. Here’s my own hat in the ring on the travel team versus non-travel team issue. I watched my nephew play baseball all the way up to his senior year in high school and there’s merits to both sides. I’d say that as long as they have an INTEREST and ,of course, the ability, they can take their baseball career pretty far, at least up to high school. As William Zinsser once said, if you wanna write, you gotta keep writing. If you have the ability to play baseball and you want to play baseball, you got to keep playing. My nephew was in a league SOMWHERE every year. Travel teams are good because as franku pointed out, it’s one thing to park ’em while you’re playing sandlot ball and it’s quite another to try to hit when the pitcher is very talented and has a repertoire of pitches. Travel teams contribute to college teams always looking for talent. there’s good and bad to both sides. let me repeat that a person wanting to follow his or her dreams has to have an INTEREST in those dreams.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — June 14, 2018 @ 10:56 am

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