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Doug Glanville’s survival guide for first round picks

Jun 9, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

Crash and Nuke

ESPN’s Doug Glanville was a first round pick with the Cubs in 1991, so he knows all about how fresh bonus baby meat learns the ropes.  Today he has a great column up about all of the little things the first round picks are going to have to get to know about their new lives as professional baseball players, from getting to know coaches to the politics of the clubhouse to how to carry oneself and all of that.

I’m struck by the notion that this is exactly what ex-ballplayers should be doing (i.e. telling us the things about the inside game that we can’t know) rather than say stuff like “he’s just looking for a pitch he can handle” or whatever usual nonsense you hear from the mouths of ex-jocks.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Nice pic, Meat!

    • 4d3fect - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM

      “It’s almost like he knew what I was gonna throw.”

  2. Chris St. John - Jun 9, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Absolutely. I’m reminded of an NFL films feature that had Peyton Manning talking about exactly the strategy he was running the offense with in response to the Patriot’s defense in a game. Obviously, he’s still playing, but it’s great to get that sort of real analysis and inside-the-game look.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 9, 2011 at 4:26 PM

      Um…what the…?

  3. jimbo1949 - Jun 9, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Glanville is great, used to do about a column a month in the NYT. Wondered where was.

  4. Utley's Hair - Jun 9, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Tiffany has no idea what that picture is supposed to be.

  5. professorperry - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Wow. This is hilarious, especially the tips at the end.

  6. cur68 - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Doug Glanville; coolest man on Earth.

    • jwbiii - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:13 AM

      Yeah, I hate him. Smart, funny, and pretty darn good at baseball.

  7. Andrew - Jun 10, 2011 at 4:15 AM

    Craig, I completely agree with your last paragraph. Glanville’s column was far more interesting and informative to read than having to listen to Bert Blyleven or Tim McCarver or just about any other color commentator I’ve heard. Actually, Glanville’s column gave off the same vibe as Dirk Hayhurst’s “The Bullpen Gospels.”

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