Turning Baseball Upside Down

Turning Baseball Upside Down

Memoirs, Truths & Myths from Coaching Baseball 55 Years

Alex Gaynes


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This is a story about life and baseball, or maybe about baseball and life by a confessed baseball coaching lifer whose every attempt to retire has failed. So I decided to write about it. After all, it’s like my wife tells me, just tell stories. So that’s what I have done. The problem is, that every time we talk, we are reminded that there is another story to tell. At lunch today with sons Josh and Carl (who both played for me, though not always willingly) we were reminded of the Legion season that Josh caught a full season of double headers unbeknownst to us with a cracked bone in his ankle. While eating I received a text from son, Rusty (who like Josh, also coached with me) coaches an MSBL team in Phoenix. He is having a terrible season, and has entertained thoughts of retiring. I sent him a draft of this manuscript today, and received this text while eating lunch: “I’ve been ready to quit coaching after this season. After reading chapter 1, I am not ever quitting!” Thanks, Rusty. I hope you like this.