Podcast Episode 175: This New Book Addresses the Growing Problem within Youth Sports—with Special Guest, Jerry Jenkins

Mar 7, 2015 | Podcasts

In The Loop with Andy Andrews, hosted by David Loy

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On this week’s episode, we sit down again with Jerry Jenkins to talk about and the surprising backstory behind New York­ Times Bestseller, The Matheny Manifesto.


Baseball is my favorite sport probably because I wanted to be a baseball player.

  • One of my earliest breaks in writing was when my boss came into my office and said, “Would you want to help write a biography with Hank Aaron? I don’t really know that much about football…”
  • People hear that I’ve written for Nolan Ryan, Walter Payton, Joe Gibbs, and Mike Singletary, but Mike Matheny is as classy a guy as I’ve ever worked with.


Mike was asked by some parents to coach a little league team.

  • He wrote a letter to the parents, telling them that if he was going to coach the team, they needed to back off during games.
  • In it, he wrote that “the biggest problem with youth sports today is the parents.”
  • The letter ended up going viral and posted in locker rooms around the country. People referred to it as The Matheny Manifesto.


In the book, Mike tells this story about getting hit in the face with a 95 mile per hour fastball.

  • He lost 8 teeth and didn’t even fall down.
  • When he came back from the hospital he said, “I want to play tomorrow night.”
  • Now when his players want out of a game they say, “Are you going to tell him you have an ‘owie?’ ”


There are plenty of other amazing stories in The Matheny Manifesto.


To see his great post on novel outlining, you can go here.

And here’s a fabulous post he wrote for NaNoWriMo 2016 on the dangers of rushing your novel.

Finally, here’s his ultimate guide to editing a book. This one’s great!

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