Bellevue Community College
I used to go around during the offseason and speak to about 10-15 college baseball programs to help them raise money for their program. It’s a pleasure to help, and an honor to be asked. I love talking to the young players, and I hope that something I say will help them further their career in baseball and help them achieve their goals in life.
I just spoke to Bellevue Community College in Bellevue, Washington. It was a tremendous night. The dinner was sold out, which is flattering, but unfortunate that the school couldn’t sell extra tickets and raise more money.
College baseball coaches have the same responsibilities as college football and basketball coaches do. They have to win, but they also have to help raise the young men they coach and make them better students and better citizens.
However, they don’t have the same resources. Many times they have to chalk their own fields, wash the uniforms, prepare the travel and find ways to reuse equipment.
But when is the last time you’ve seen a school be put on probation because of NCAA violations from a baseball program?
Well, coach Mark Yoshino is a good man and his team, and school, is lucky to have him at the helm.
It was a pleasure to speak at the dinner, and I wish them the best of luck this season.