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The Winning Loser

By Darren Fenster, USA Baseball, 06/07/17, 1:00PM CDT

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Winning. It's what we play the games for. it's the root of one's competitive fire. And it's something that is much bigger than sport- life is a competition, with people constantly trying to better than the person next to them.

"Just win, baby."

"You play to win the game."

"Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing."

The quotes are everywhere, printed on t-shirts, plastered all over locker rooms around the world. Winning. It's what we play the games for. It's the root of one's competitive fire. And it's something that is much bigger than sport- life is a competition, with people constantly trying to better than the person next to them.

Competition is seen in all walks of life, and minor league baseball is no different… or is it?

Contrary to most competitive sports, the environment found at Minor League ballparks - especially at the lower levels - is not one where coaching staffs are doing everything they possibly can to win every single game, but rather doing everything they possibly can get their players better. Our primary focus is on player development … winning is secondary.

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