JUST THINKING: A couple of things come to mind …

A couple of recent happenings deserve a mention.

La Mirada’s baseball team won its ninth consecutive Suburban League
championship Tuesday. It is not surprising.
Coach Kim Brooks’ program consistently is among the most prepared of any
area program. Fundamentally sound, mentally as well as physically, year
after year is the key.
At season’s start, he always throws down the gauntlet by saying the
Matadores are the team to beat, and how tough the league will be, but
then his players win another league title and make it look easy in the
process.
And as impressive as it is to win league, it merely is another page
in his play book that is built around winning a CIF championship. League
is nice, but his program always has the bigger picture in mind.
The program’s success creates built in pressure, but it appears the players thrive best under those conditions.
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La Mirada coach Rich Trujillo’s softball program got a late start, but the
Matadores girls have been keeping pace with the guys the past seven seasons.
This year, it was Suburban League championship No. 7 in a row. It’s not nine, but seven ain’t too shabby.
Trujillo’s philosophy is simple: Fundamentals and little ball, with some long ball
mixed in whenever available, and it has been like clockwork. Steady,
productive, successful, dependable.

Congrats definitely are in order for both programs.

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  • delriohardball

    Good point, Roger. A good program is self-sustaining. The talent level will vary and the teams will have a few more or less wins each year, but year after year, the team will compete due to the atmosphere, competition (via tough winter/fall baseball, good pre-season competition, quality tournaments, etc), and players’ expectation of winning by buying into the program and working hard.

    Sonora, ranked number one in CIF Division IV, has an entire team of kids “on permit” who really should be at La Serna, Cal, La Habra and other schools, simply because the baseball program and coaching staff are so strong. Whether one thinks this is right or wrong, it is a statement of the lack of similar programs at schools such as La Serna, which is fed by several quality youth leagues and should be a powerhouse year in and out.

    The kids do the playing, and coaching in baseball is often over-credited with a team’s success or failure, but programs such as Brooks’ do enable the kids to be competitive among their peers year after year, and to be better prepared for college baseball.

  • Anonymous

    JUST BLOGGING ABOUT RESENT BASEBALL PLAYOFFS….
    ATTN CHIEFTAIN A.D.

    EVERY SPORT IS A TEAM EFFORT ATHELETES AND COACHES ALIKE, ONE TEAM ONE GOAL. WHEN I SEE TALENT ON A TEAM BEING WASTED (NOT BEING USED TO HIS OR HER POTENTIAL) I LOOK TOWARDS THE BENCH AND ASK WHAT IS THE REASON? COACHES MUST BE WATCHING THE GAME AND TALKING STRATEGY EVERY QUARTER, EVERY INNING, EVERY MATCH. THERE’S SO MUCH GOING ON IN A GAME, HEAD COACHES NEED ASSIST. COACHES WITH IDEAS AND ASSIST. COACHES MUST RELAY WHAT THEY SEE AND NOT BE SECOND GUESSED. ” ONE GOAL, WE REACH THE TOP TOGETHER AS ONE, NO REGRETS, ONE TEAM. NOT ONE MAN WITH EGO TRYING TO MAKE EVERY DECISION. NOT PARENTS PETITIONING FOR THEIR ATHELETES TO BE STARS. IF THERE IS AN UP AND COMER THAT HAS MORE TO OFFER THEN A SENIOR A HEAD COACH SHOULD MAKE THE CHANGE. NO REGRETS. LET THE UPPER CLASS ATHELETE EARN HIS OR HER SPOT BACK.
    COACHES THAT LEAVE ATHELETES IN BECAUSE OF THEIR SENIOR STATUS ARE NOT THINKING OF THE “ONE GOAL ONE TEAM COMMITMENT. MORE THE MY EGO, MY TEAM, MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY, WAY OF THINKING. I’VE NOT YET SEEN A CHAMPIONSHIP WON BY THIS METHOD OF COACHING. SIGNED ONCE A CHIEFTAIN ALWAYS A CHIEFTAIN.