EP.18 Scott Bradley (Princeton U.) on Being Willing to Lose Today in Order to Win Tomorrow

On this episode, Scott shares his philosophies on player development and discusses some of the approaches that are prohibiting our players from truly meeting their potential.  He gives you practical advice for managing games and designing practice plans that will promote individualized player development. Scott also provides advice on how to raise quality ballplayers, detailing how he parented within the game of baseball.  And lastly, and maybe most importantly, he explains what it means to be resilient.

 

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Scott Bradley is in his 19th year as the Princeton Univeristy Skipper.  In his time at the institution,  he has led the Tigers to six Ivy League titles, six NCAA tournament appearances and 10, 20-win seasons. The Princeton Tigers are your current defending IVY League Champions (2016)

Scott Bradley has seen numerous players drafted and signed out of his Tigers program, but most  notably their five recent big league contributors of Matt Bowman, Ross Ohlendorf, Chris Young, David Hale and Will Venable, bringing the total to 10 active professional players.

Prior to taking over the helm at Princeton, Coach Bradley spent one year at Rutgers University as an assistant, and served as a minor league player/coach in the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies organizations after his playing days.

And speaking of playing days, Scott spent nine seasons in the big leagues, breaking into the show wearing Yankee pinstripes in 1984 and stayed in the majors until retiring in 1992.

Scott played 604 games in the big leagues for the Ny Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, and Cincinnati Reds, hitting above .250 clip for his career. And a quick –  Did you know? Scott Bradley guided Randy Johnson to his first no-hitter while the two were teammates in Seattle in 1990.

Bradley was the second pick of the Yankees in the 1981 draft out of the University of North Carolina. In 1980, Scott was named the ACC Player of the Year, batting .386 with 10 homers and 63 RBI. Bradley hit .351 during his three-year career and impressively was an All-American in 1980 and 1981

For his contributions at the University of North Carolina, he was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2004.

In addition, Scott is the older brother of Bob Bradley, former U.S. Men’s Soccer National Team head coach from 2006-11 and Jeff Bradley, esteemed writer and baseball columnist.

Lastly, Scott has raised two great ball players himself, his son Kevin is a pro player in the Indians organization, who played at baseball at Clemson and finished up his collegiate career at Oklahoma State, while his youngest son Scotty is currently playing at Indiania University, and started 29 games for the Hoosiers as a freshman during the 2016 season.