“17 INCHES” – “Don’t Widen The Plate”

In Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA’s convention.
While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh, man, worth every penny of my airfare.”
Who is John Scolinos, I wondered. No matter; I was just happy to be there.
In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948. He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate.
Seriously, I wondered, who is this guy?
After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage. Then, finally …
“You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck,” he said, his voice growing irascible. I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility. “I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.”
Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room. “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?”
After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches?”, more of a question than answer.
“That’s right,” he said. “How about in Babe Ruth’s day? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?” Another long pause.
“Seventeen inches?” a guess from another reluctant coach.
“That’s right,” said Scolinos. “Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear. “How wide is home plate in high school baseball?”
“Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident.
“You’re right!” Scolinos barked. “And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?”
“Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison.
“Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?”…………“Seventeen inches!”
“RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues?
“Seventeen inches!”
“SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls. “And what do they do with a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over seventeen inches?” Pause. “They send him to Pocatello !” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter. “What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Jimmy. If you can’t hit a seventeen-inch target? We’ll make it eighteen inches or nineteen inches. We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of hitting it. If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.’”
Pause. “Coaches… what do we do when your best player shows up late to practice? or when our team rules forbid facial hair and a guy shows up unshaven? What if he gets caught drinking? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit him? Do we widen home plate? “
The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold. He turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows. “This is the problem in our homes today. With our marriages, with the way we parent our kids. With our discipline.
We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We just widen the plate!”
Pause. Then, to the point at the top of the house, he added a small American flag. “This is the problem in our schools today. The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful, and to educate and discipline our young people. We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that getting us?”
Silence. He replaced the flag with a Cross. “And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years. Our church leaders are widening home plate for themselves! And we allow it.”
“And the same is true with our government. Our so-called representatives make rules for us that don’t apply to themselves. They take bribes from lobbyists and foreign countries. They no longer serve us. And we allow them to widen home plate! We see our country falling into a dark abyss while we just watch.”
I was amazed. At a baseball convention where I expected to learn something about curveballs and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned something far more valuable.
From an old man with home plate strung around his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses, and about my responsibilities as a leader. I had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path.
“If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It is this: “If we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools & churches & our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …”
With that, he held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside, “…We have dark days ahead!.”
Note: Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the age of 91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and coaches, including mine. Meeting him at my first ABCA convention kept me returning year after year, looking for similar wisdom and inspiration from other coaches. He is the best clinic speaker the ABCA has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach. His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players—no matter how good they are—your own children, your churches, your government, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches.”
And this my friends is what our country has become and what is wrong with it today, and now go out there and fix it!
“Don’t widen the plate.”

Construction Of Panic For World Governance

I was recently alerted to an excellent piece of work titled, Construction Of Panic For World Governance” that addresses how COVID-19 is being used to promote fear worldwide in order to exert control over us for political and other purposes.

The forward to the book should entice you to click on the link that follows it and gain free access to the book by Germán Sarlangue.


One morning we woke up to the news that linked a bat to a virus in distant China. “Mao’s famine customs”, someone ventured. “Ancient customs,” said another.

After that, the media spoke of nothing else.

Conjectures began to appear; “The USA started this to kill the Chinese”, “It´s the laboratories”, “The Chinese want to dominate the world.” While we kept on guessing about “weird conspiracies”, the media kept talking over.

First China, then Italy, immediately followed by Spain, France, England, the USA, and Latin America …

Preventative measures started to appear: no more trips abroad, stay at home orders, alcohol gel, then the facemasks. If there´s a virus, we have to rush to buy toilet paper! Let´s stock up on food! Look at “so-and-so”, he´s breaking the quarantine, let´s report him! CHAOS. TERROR. PANIC.

Some people began to notice strange movements: the same government provides the phone number for complaints. The keyword says, “they are widening the gap”.

Memes began to appear, watering down and distracting everyone. – It´s all a “joke”- they said. Only a few wondered where these memes came from.

The “quarantine” was extended … This is no longer a joke. The economy enters into unpredictable chaos.
Meanwhile, the media started reporting the number of infected. Who? Where? and if there were probably any “celebrities”. They shined the spotlight on the brother-in-law of Pampita´s husband”, (sic) whoever is he?

No responsible journalist close to the investigation asked what was going on.

As informal as networks can be, other points of view begin to appear: “China hid the facts and exported the Coronavirus”; “Bill Gates has to do with it”; “Soros worried” (sic); “Chinda Brandolino warns us that they are taking us for a ride”; “Obama spoke about it a long time ago”. In Italy, someone speaks of “abuse of power”, of “what was already known back in December.”

Information coming from all over spreads through the news with little coordination, leaving a lot of loose ends.

Today the work of Germán Sarlangue, an Argentinian anchored in Paris,  goes beyond just being concerned about it, and has used the quarantine to take it on himself to tie these loose ends together.

What did he do? Exactly what those “in charge” DO NOT want us to do: use our rationality, the condition which defines human beings.

Enough of unnecessary “memes” and count the number of deaths today. Enough of panic. Let´s get out of our freeze response! That is what they want! Who? The same ones as always, those who hold the real power.

We won´t fall into the other panic response: despair. Not knowing what to do; you cannot fight this… No, because we have “hope above all hope”. “In Him who has overcome death”. As Castellani once said: “The watchword is not to win, but to not be beaten”.

For this purpose, only, here is the contribution of a friend who is making use of the condition which characterizes humankind: Reason.

Is this Sarlangue´s task? It sure is! The problem is the repercussion that the cry of an ordinary citizen like him can have. In all areas of socio-political life, this would be a function of “those who rule”. However, these are conspicuous by their absence.

Political authorities do not want to make waves or be left out of the world to come. To do this, they compromise with anyone, even with the enemy they claim to fight.

Social authorities… – there are several sectors that fall into this habit of differentiating ourselves. From their place, they do not want to cause problems or be outside of the “politically correct” position, so they rush to “render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s”. They need to render “unto God the things which are Gods.”

Of course, that is why they need to use their “logic” … and their hearts…

Thank you.

Click here for free access to Construction Of Panic For World Governance”

Ohio State Rep Candice Keller: In Case I’m Censored Again…

Here it is in writing… In case I’m censored again…

This is going to the Supreme Court. Where they will rule that the election is invalid due to fraud or mistakes on a countrywide scale.

It will go one of two ways, either they will rule that all the unconstitutional mail-in ballots will be removed and the states ordered to recount without them or they will simply rule the election is invalid due to mass voter fraud and at that point, it will be sent to the congress and senate for a vote.

This is where it gets good.

The house/congress votes on who the President will be. It has nothing to do with what party has power. Every State gets one vote and 30 States are held by Republicans.and 20 by Democrats. They have to vote down party lines, they have no choice due to the 12th Amendment of the Constitution, and the Senate votes for the Vice President where a similar event will take place. This is The law.

This is why the Democrats are so mad at Nancy Pelosi. This will all happen in January.

The only way President Trump won’t be President is if he concedes the election and that will never happen So stop watching the fake news and don’t let your heart be troubled and live your life knowing this will all work out.

President Trump will remain President.

Trump has Pelosi in a quandary. If the Supreme Court says it must be voted on by the delegates, Pelosi will not want to do it knowing Trump would win. He will therefore refuse to concede so we are at an impasse. Do you see his advantage again?

Another fun fact, they called Gore the President-Elect for 30 days in 2000 until the courts ruled against him and declared Bush the winner. And two people that were part of that decision were none other than new Supreme Court Justices, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. Why do you think the Democrats tried so hard to keep them from being confirmed?

Ohio State Rep Candice Keller