LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Continuing an initiative that he started last spring, manager Mike Matheny has resumed blogging on his website, mikematheny.com. Matheny said he was moved to keep writing about issues facing youth sports and offering advice to coaches and parents because of the strong, positive response he received regarding his entries in 2013.
"I got something almost every day from people, fans who pick up on it all over baseball, not just Cardinal fans," Matheny said. "It's been encouraging to just throw some things out there."
Matheny has been an advocate for changes in youth sports and uses his website to feature his "Matheny Manifesto," a list of conditions he wrote out to parents after being asked to coach a youth baseball team. He has since used his platform as Cardinals manager to continue encouraging character and sportsmanship over winning at the youth level.
Matheny was diligent with his blogging early last season before pulling back late in the season due to "writer's fatigue," he admitted on Saturday. He has written four entries since the start of Spring Training and he expects to again incorporate videos throughout the year.