"With my team, I am an absolute czar. My men know it. I order plays and they obey." (John McGraw, Hall of Fame Manager)
The End of an Era
Tonight's game at the Pop was the last home baseball game that Danny Powell will coach at Leroy. It's the end of an era.
I'm sure he doesn't know this, but no one has had a greater influence on my love of the game than Coach Powell. It has been a joy to watch him coach these past few years. I used to think that coaching primarily came during PRACTICE—teach them what they need to know, hone their skills, and make sure they execute well during the game. It wasn't until I stood next to the dugout, that I learned how much coaching was actually done during THE GAME. Coach Powell is the best strategist I’ve ever seen. His mathematical mind and quick direction is spectacular to watch. He is like a chess master directing his pawns—moving them here and directing them there. He's an advocate for his players and goes to bat (forgive the pun) for his players when calls are missed by the umpires. On more than one occasion I've been left standing with my mouth open, surprised by his mastery of coaching. He’s spectacular and I know now why he has won so many coaching awards. With Coach Powell gone, the game played by Leroy will no longer be the same. It is truly the end of an era.
Good luck and God bless, Coach Powell.
It will take a mighty big man to fill your shoes.