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Robin Ventura had to apperceive the catechism was coming. I’d like to anticipate he would’ve been aghast if I hadn’t asked him.
After all, if you’re 53 years old and accessory college…
“They like to alarm me Thornton Melon,” the perpetually wry Ventura accustomed Monday in a blast interview. “I told them I’m not accepting an accommodation that we can all break in. So don’t be advancing to my house.”
Yes, the above Mets and Yankees (and White Sox and Dodgers) third baseman is aback to school, confined as a “student assistant” for his alma academy Oklahoma State, for whom he memorably put calm a Division I almanac 58-game hitting band in 1988. How he anguish up finishing his undergraduate degree, demography classes alongside abounding of the adolescent brawl players he additionally is apprenticeship (and who, absolve them, allegedly accept apparent the Rodney Dangerfield archetypal “Back to School” alike admitting it came out able-bodied afore they were born), is both a balmy accession account as able-bodied as a argument on academy sports red tape.
For years, Ventura explained, he fabricated anniversary visits to campus to tailgate for football amateur with his old Cowboys teammates, with the Holliday ancestors confined as the affiliation tissue. Tom Holliday served as the OSU casting drillmaster during Ventura’s time there, which preceded a continued run as the arch coach. The Oklahoma State arch drillmaster is now Josh Holliday, Tom’s son. Oh, and Josh’s brother Matt, who grew up in Stillwater (where the academy is located), put calm one heck of a major-league career, primarily with the Rockies and Cardinals (and additionally the Yankees, in 2017).
“They would appear over by the tailgate, walking recruits around,” Ventura said of Josh Holliday and his abettor coaches. “We were badinage about, ‘Maybe I’d appear aback and coach. I aloof kept advancing back. I came over and watched a convenance and thought, ‘Really, basal line, what if I did appear and coach?’
“They already had abundant coaches (including the retired Matt Holliday alive as a advance abettor coach). They said, ‘There is a way, but you’d accept to be a student. The alone atom accessible was student-coach because I didn’t graduate. I affectionate of fit the description alike admitting I am 53 and best of the guys that do this are 21 or 23. I said, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s do it for a year and see what happens.’”
So he confused to Stillwater in January, and his aboriginal division got cut abbreviate afterwards 18 amateur by the coronavirus. Completing his available of arts amount will booty “another year and a half,” he said, so he’ll be about for this advancing season, COVID-permitting, and absolutely possibly the 2022 advance as well. Alike afore the shutdown, he took mostly basic classes.
“I was aggravating to do it area I wouldn’t be the awful 53-year-old guy with a haversack on,” he quipped, and has enjoyed classes on assortment as able-bodied as the science of authoritative beer.
“I’m not gonna be a physicist or anything,” he said, but amid 12 chic hours a division and alive with the team, he’s affluence busy. And happy.
“I adulation actuality at Oklahoma State,” he said. “I wouldn’t accept done this anywhere else. I wouldn’t accept gone anywhere abroad to coach.”
That prompted a aftereffect about whether Ventura would accede managing afresh in the big leagues afterwards managing the White Sox from 2012 through 2016. “Probably,” he said. For now, though, he enjoys alive with youngsters who achievement to be in the above leagues one day.
“For these kids, they all appetite to get drafted, we can let them accept what it takes to get to that point. What scouts and teams are attractive for,” he said. “We explain to them, ‘They watch you all the time. What you don’t anticipate they’re watching, they’re absolutely watching. That part’s affectionate of an account for them, for how they comedy the game: ‘When the ball’s not in play, what are you doing?’”
Before adage goodbye, I had to ask Ventura what he anticipation about the alpha of the Steve Cohen Era with the Mets, for whom Ventura played three actual active years (1999 through 2001) that included his allegorical Grand Slam Single, his advancement that administrator Bobby Valentine abrasion a beard afterwards accepting ejected and his addition to the Mets’ collectively admirable advice afterward the September 11, 2001 agitator attacks.
“I anticipate it’s great,” Ventura said. “He got Sandy (Alderson) back, who I adore a lot. That’s a acceptable aboriginal step, demography a guy like him to get it activity in the appropriate direction.”
With babble surfacing that Cohen wants to accompany aback Mets Old-Timers Day (the new buyer accepted it on Tuesday), Ventura laughed and said, “I’m activity to accept to assignment out. I don’t do a accomplished lot of demonstrations. Here, they try to get you to do stuff. I’m acceptable for one day a anniversary of demos.”
The Yankees accept arrive him to their Old-Timers Day, Ventura said, but “I’ve never been able to do it (schedule-wise).” Basal line, he said of accepting calm with old teammates and arena a little, “That’d be fun.”
Right now, he’s accepting a altered array of fun, alike if he won’t be accomplishing the Triple Lindy anytime soon.
Let’s bolt up on Pop Quiz questions. Both appear from Gary Mintz of South Huntington:
In a 2019 adventure of “Schooled,” Drillmaster Mellor shows off his baseball agenda accumulating featuring a allegorical father-son duo. Name the duo.
In the agreeable “Dear Evan Hansen,” Connor’s ancestor owns a agglomeration of baseball memorabilia centered about one major-league team. Name the team.
Two weeks ago, I wrote about Alderson’s abnormal acknowledgment to the Mets and offered a few sports admiral who had clocked commensurable “Work for Aggregation A, go assignment about else, acknowledgment to Aggregation A” journeys, and asked for additions to the list. You responded agilely and doggedly. To all of you who nominated Omar Minaya, who formed for the Mets on three altered occasions: Thanks and sorry, but I was cerebration accurately of bodies who ran their baseball/basketball/hockey operations (or the absolute team, as Alderson will now do), rather than aloof alive in the department. Minaya served as the bang-up alone in his additional Mets tenure. My accountability for not actuality added specific.
Anyway, actuality are additions to the list:
Paul Beeston. He was the Blue Jays’ admiral from 1989 to 1997, aggressive the ladders afterwards confined as an aboriginal agent of the amplification aggregation in 1976, served as Bud Selig’s agent at Above League Baseball from 1997 to 2002 and afresh served addition appellation as Blue Jays admiral from 2008 to 2015. Thanks to Marc Bordignon.
Punch Imlach. He formed as the Maple Leafs’ accepted administrator from 1958 to 1969, arch them to their best contempo Stanley Cup appellation (in 1967). Afterwards accepting fired, he abutting the amplification Sabres in 1970 and formed there through 1978. He alternate to the Leafs in ‘79, eventually acceptable the GM afresh afore his third affection advance (of five!) alone him. Thanks to Frank from New Jersey.
Gabe Paul. He ran the Indians’ baseball ops from 1961 to 1973, larboard to become George Steinbrenner’s aboriginal GM with the Yankees and lasted an absorbing bristles years there, acceptable it all in 1977, afore abiding to Cleveland as aggregation president. Thanks to Chris Gannon of Scotch Plains, NJ and Rob Serafinowicz of Naugatuck, Conn.
Tal Smith. He formed as the Astros’ GM from 1975 to 1980, formed his own consulting aggregation afterwards accepting accursed and became Houston’s aggregation admiral in 1994, captivation that position until 2011. Thanks to above Braves public-relations controlling Glen Serra.
Your Pop Quiz answers:
— Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr.
— The Orioles
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