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August 15, 2014

The View from the Loge Level

The Mentors Behind the Managers

by Daron Sutton


Seeing the best amateurs in the nation play in the Perfect Game All American Classic last weekend in San Diego proved to be quite the preview for the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft. Nine prep pitchers touched 95 mph or higher, including San Clemente (CA) senior Kolby Allard, who put his name in neon lights high above the amateur landscape, partly because of a velocity bump to the mid-90s. That’s just one example of what occurred while the players were centered up in the MLB Network lenses. But in spending time up close with the prospects at the workouts, the meals, the awards banquet and the Rady Children’s Hospital visit, it was easy to see there were many who had solid and diverse foundations provided by families and coaches at home.

And if you coaches wonder how quickly the seeds you have planted, nurtured with baseball wisdom and guidance, might blossom, then many of these athletes were an indication that there are plenty of coachable, skilled players in the next generation. The instant coaching impact had me wondering about the lasting stories that might be told about player/mentor connections decades from now.

There are several conversations over the years that serve to remind that a youth/prep coach should never underestimate his ability to put a stamp on the life and career of his players.

A’s manager Bob Melvin might not be in that role at all if it weren’t for Menlo-Atherton (CA) baseball coach Frank Bettencourt. Just as the flame-throwing Allard might someday look into the memory banks to share stories about San Clemente baseball coach David Gellatly, Melvin describes his foundation as being laid at the same stage in his life, but in the mid 1970s.

“(He was) probably as impactful as any person in my life. He was my high school baseball coach who took serious interest in his players, not only on the field, but in their education and what kind of people they were. When you look up fundamentals in the dictionary, there’s a picture of Frank Betancourt there,” Melvin says. “He would not allow his players to not go about their business the right way, not to understand the game at all levels and the intricacies.

“He preached fundamentals from day one in high school. I don’t see as much of that nowadays as I did with him. And maybe he was one of a kind, but (he) was the guy that kind of set me on a course of understanding the game intricately at a very young age, and just a first class person on top of it,” said Melvin.

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