Always Trust the Expert

By Jonathan Massey-

 

As they say in today’s terms, “That Tweet did not age well”.

 

We are conditioned to believe that if an expert says something, then it must be true.  We believe experts have more knowledge in a field than we do, so what they say must be correct and/or accurate. I see this time and time again in the sports world, the coach, scout, or someone in a position of power tells us how good we are going to be or, on the other hand, that we are not good enough and never going to make it. However, what classifies a person to be an “expert”? Is it the coach that has been coaching for 20 years? Is it the scout that travels around the country assessing players and makes a decision based off their own personal opinion? I think an opinion of an expert varies from person to person.

 

For example, we are all familiar with the story of Michael Jordan and how he was cut from his high school varsity team as a sophomore. However, we know what the outcome of his career was. I think that it’s safe to say we all have our own personal stories of a time when a coach, boss, or an authoritative figure told us that we didn’t have the skills that were necessary to excel in our field.

 

We often get asked the question by parents, “Does my son qualify to attend an Elite Pitcher’s Bootcamp?” At the Texas Baseball Ranch®, we believe that “elite” comes from the heart, meaning if an athlete has the heart and is willing to put in the work to play at the next level, then they are elite enough to attend a bootcamp. In my opinion, I consider Coach Wolforth as an expert in throwing. Would that make him an expert in knowing where or when an individual’s career is going to end? I don’t believe so. With that being said, just look at the so-called experts in the field of identifying talents.

 

In the 55 years of MLB drafts, there have been three Hall of Famers ever drafted with the #1 overall pick. There have also been three #1 overall picks that never played a single game in the major leagues (excluding the four most recent drafts). You would think that the experts would have a better track record of identifying and selecting the best players, but they don’t. While experts can be very knowledgeable and give insight and perspective that you might not know about, fully buying into what an expert says is a very dangerous game because the experts are wrong as often as they are right.

 

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Here are some scheduling announcements and updates for you:

 

  • Thanks to the loosening of restrictions in the state of Texas, we are on schedule to begin our Summer Program on June 1st as originally planned.  We do know however, that many of you are not yet in the same boat and are waiting to see how things play out in your state.  With that in mind, we have extended our Early Bird deadline until May 15th.  In addition, we have modified our cancelation policy to help reduce any apprehension in signing up during this uncertainty.  We are allowing participants to cancel all the way up to 1 week prior to your scheduled arrival with NO cancelation fee.  In addition, there is no charge to move your start date.

 

  • With the cancellation of the college baseball season, most high school seasons and with summer playing schedules still in limbo, we have added an additional Elite Pitchers Boot Camp over the Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25. For more information, please visit www.TexasBaseballRanch.com/events. We also have an option for you to extend your bootcamp weekend and stay for an additional week(s) and participate in our “Extended Stay Summer Developmental Program”. 

 

  • The COVID-19 virus has impacted nearly every facet of our society. In short, the world is a very different place than it was on January 1st, 2020 and that includes the Texas Baseball Ranch®. In order to limit the number of parents and athletes attending our Elite Pitchers Boot Camps, we are currently reducing the camp enrollment from 45 athletes to 24 athletes. This change will stay in effect until the national requirements/guidelines have been updated. We are also loosening up our cancellation/change policy so that people can be comfortable in making plans now in the face of current & future uncertainty.

 

  • In addition, we have added a “Ranch Remote” training option for people that would still like to get access to, and ongoing instruction from, the TBR staff but prefer to avoid travel due to the virus. Click here to get more information on this NEW, hyper-personalized training option.  The number of participants in this program is limited to 36 so if you’re interested, don’t delay.

Please call (936)588-6762 or email us: info@texasbaseballranch.com
for more details or to sign up for any of these options.

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