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Letter to the Editor: In defense of Mt. Vernon baseball coach

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I would like to respond to the article about Mt. Vernon baseball and Coach (Dustin) Glant.

I am a parent who had two boys playing for Mt. Vernon during the 2012 baseball season. I had one child that played every game and my other child spent a lot of time on the bench. Both boys went to every practice and did the work. What it boiled down to is the fact that one of my children has perfect form and my other child does not. One child takes criticism and uses the information to better his game, while the other shrugs it off and assumes he knows what’s best. I feel this gives me some insight into the situation that others do not have. I have been on both sides of the fence.

We have had three different coaches in three years time. This man needs time to cultivate these players and he needs to play the best and the brightest. We are not playing Little League at this point. It doesn’t matter who your parents are. These kids and their parents need to realize at a high school level we are looking at who is the best and who is best suited for the game and who has the mental stamina and correct attitude to move on to the next level of play.

Did I like it that one of my boys didn’t play as much? No. Do I understand the reasoning behind it? Yes. These kids need to understand that you’re not entitled to a position, you must earn it. This is a lesson that will continue on throughout their lives. We are doing them no favors by sheltering them from things to come. There is always someone waiting in the wings to take your position on a team or your job. Wouldn’t you rather them learn this lesson while in high school, rather than in the work place? It’s time to stop coddling them and prepare them for life.


A Mt. Vernon Parent (name withheld due to my comments about my children and their differences)

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