Start Holding Yourself Accountable - Coach Tierney

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As a coach, you see everything.  As a player, you are often lost in the midst trying to compete and be your best.  You rarely see things from the outside, and that’s expected.  But that is no excuse to not find a way to maximize your potential, especially when you have a staff around you that is dedicated to bringing out the best in you.

Rhino Baseball is one of the most amazing things I have ever been a part of.  We have people here that dedicate their lives to developing young athletes on and off the field.  We are second to none in this aspect and we are proud of it.  Yet there are some things as coaches that just leave you shaking your head.  Here are a few examples:
  • Coach tells player that in this day of age, everyone has the ability to access technology, yet player decides to post on Twitter about a “rager” that is being thrown by some friends.  If I am a college coach, I am no longer interested in you.

  • Coach tells player that he is pulling off the ball and needs to spend extra time in the cage to correct this mistake, focusing on driving the ball the other way.  During the week the player may or may not take batting practice, but he tries to hit home runs when he does.  Come tournament time, he struggles again and wonders why.  

  • Coach tells player how important grades are.  Player has poor grades but doesn’t make an effort to get tutoring.  Grades suffer, and player wonders why he isn’t getting the college interest he thought he would.  Sometimes parents overlook this as well.

  • Player shows up late for the game despite knowing when to be there, had directions, but still came late.  Gets upset and pouts when he isn’t in the starting lineup.  Player never stops to realize that the world doesn’t revolve around him, and that his team suffers from his decisions as well.

Do you see a common pattern here?  One word:


I see a common trend among players.  They don’t like to hold themselves accountable.  Maybe I come from a different school of thought, but I know one thing: I know how to work hard and I know that hard work pays off.  I know that there are so many baseball players that have talent.  Want to know how to make a scout’s life easier?  Mess up so we can cross you off our list.  It saves us a lot of driving.  

A lot of times as baseball players we don’t have to do anything special.  We just have to keep our nose clean, stay out of trouble, work hard, improve on our weaknesses, and admit when we mess up.  If you’ve been through this, it’s easy to see how easy it is to be crossed off of someone’s list.  As always, the ball is in your court.

Chris Tierney

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# Charissa A Herkel 2013-07-11 17:51
Very Nice Blog,You need to work your butt off to be better than any other player.You and you only are your own destiny.There will always be someone out there willing to take your place no matter what walk of life you choose.Be it an athlete,manager or CEO.GIVE IT your best and you will never have to second guess yourself.You ROCK CHRIS TIERNEY!!!And so does the RHINO HOUSE!!!
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