Set Up to Fail


So the Yankees fired the conditioning coordinator they hired. I think it is sad for all involved with Athletic Development. I cannot judge the gentlemen’s qualifications, however I do question his experience as qualification for the position he was placed in. This to me is symptomatic of a bigger problem. The people that hire for these positions have no idea what athletic development is about. They depend on the team doctors and medical experts for advice, the doctor are not experts on exercise. Reading between the lines stretching was continually alluded to. Stretching is part of the culture of baseball, but as an injury prevention tool as part of warm-up the positive effect is minimal. The General Managers, coaches, players and yes even the trainers can relate to stretching, so someone who wants to change that will immediately be ostracized. My no mistake I am not defending Mr. Miller, but he was put in a position to fail. For those of you who have never worked in professional sports, I know this is hard to understand. But after having spent significant time working in this environment, I know it is not about performance and excellence it is about money and entertainment. I know someone who was striving to win a Gold medal would not make this mistake.

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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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