Night Caller

Dandridge, TN

#62 Jan 28, 2013
I lied....I said that I would not post on this subject again, but, I must. I wish to say that I sincerely want nothing but the best for Coach Glover, East baseball, and each young man on the team. I know it may be a difficult year for the canes, but, with some dedication, leadership, and a few timely hits, east may well find themselves in the thick of things. Pitching may not be deep, but there are a couple of talented kids on the hill. Defensively, well, it will be a c minus, purhaps a c plus season. The big question will be hitting. East will need to string a few hits together, run the bases well and agressive, and be very patient at the plate. All these things are possible. The big X-Factor will be how well Glover utilizes the talent he has. The XX-Factor will be player leadership. Somebody has got to step up big time and the others must follow. No dirision, no jealousy, all comradery. It can be done, not going to be easy, but it can be done. I truely wish the canes a great season in 2013.
Former Coach

Morristown, TN

#63 Jan 28, 2013
I agree and I too wish the best for East High Baseball this season, they have a lot of work because this years team will have to overcome more than any team in the past twenty years or so. I hope your right Night Caller in giving this senior class a C minus because I have been watching this group for years, at best they can at present accomplish a Low D. With work on defense they could reach a C but it would take some coaching magic from Coach Glover for them to reach that high of a conquest. As for Hitting, they will be the weakest team to wear the colors at East High, they have only 2 boys capable of reaching .300 the rest are all under .200 hitters. Again I am speaking from years of coaching these guys and watching them play.

I wish coach Glover the best just as you, but he had better be a baseball magician because he will earn his money to try to get this class of boys competitive, they just have no drive to push them, great group of boys, fundamentally though weak. Lazy and no leadership, the best two athletes are topped out and jealous of each other and the parents all talk about each other jealously as well. My prediction is it will take 3 full innings to work through the line up, two hitters and they are done. Best pitcher in group can't hit at all and best hitter can't do it all. Unless the sophomore class and the juniors classes have developed hitters they will be at best a .200 average club.

I have spent many years watching this group as I said, I wish them the best and the coach the best. Hope they pull it off!
Night Caller

Dandridge, TN

#64 Jan 29, 2013
I agree with "Former Coach". Maybe they can find a way to have a good season. It starts at the top....Glover has got to get and maintain control and respect the whole season. It appears he has a very knowledgable staff, plus they have been with these players for the past few years. He will need to tuck his ego away and rely on Wills and Haun to be go to guys. Plus both those coaches have played in college (I believe Haun also coached in college) while Wills played some pro ball. Sounds like a solid staff that could be difference makers. However, all that being said, ultimately it falls directly on Glovers shoulders. Good Luck----just around the corner.
Jimmy

Morristown, TN

#65 Feb 3, 2013
Huh...Glover I hope is a fair coach. Last year Gillies was biased unfair and way over his head. Having over 70 kids on the roster was crazy and because of hospital ignorance the boys suffered he never put the best kids on th field.
So to say Wills and Haun are so great that is debatable because they were there and watched the crazy antics without helping the boys. Gillies lost over half the games by his inability to know what to do and his inability to know where and who to play in position. Wills and Haun were there and just as guilty so question why?
Gillies and his coaches gave away at least 10 games last year because of coaching errors. It is ALL on Glover because Wills has no backbone and no more ability than Gillies or he would of stood up to the craziness from Gillies last year and Haun well he is just there to crack jokes. Our boys well we will see.
Congregation

Morristown, TN

#66 Feb 3, 2013
Jimmy wrote:
Huh...Glover I hope is a fair coach. Last year Gillies was biased unfair and way over his head. Having over 70 kids on the roster was crazy and because of hospital ignorance the boys suffered he never put the best kids on th field.
So to say Wills and Haun are so great that is debatable because they were there and watched the crazy antics without helping the boys. Gillies lost over half the games by his inability to know what to do and his inability to know where and who to play in position. Wills and Haun were there and just as guilty so question why?
Gillies and his coaches gave away at least 10 games last year because of coaching errors. It is ALL on Glover because Wills has no backbone and no more ability than Gillies or he would of stood up to the craziness from Gillies last year and Haun well he is just there to crack jokes. Our boys well we will see.
Jimmy, you have a lot to say without any knowledge of the subject. I agree that Coach Gillies made many poor coaching decisions, and to a couple of guys he was unfair. He would play guys out of position, leave pitchers in to long, and not practice what was needed most pitching and hitting. Also, there were 3 seniors that Gillies kept in the lineup no matter what, and the same goes for a couple of juniors. The "favorites" cost us many games last year. We also didn't need a freshman team, there were way to many players. Coach Gillies is a good guy but a bad coach. In defense of Coach Wills and Coach Haun, they know the game and what it takes to be successful, they did what Gillies (the head coach) asked them to do. I would constantly overhear both guys telling Coach Gillies that we needed to be hitting more and have pitchers get more mound time in during practice. Instead of taking the suggestions of 2 experienced guys, he did his own thing. Gillies never let Wills and Haun do drills or one on one stuff, Gillies always wanted to work on 1st and 3rd defense, bunt coverage, mass infield, and let each player get about 10 swings on the field 2-3 times a week.(you don't get better doing the same stuff, especially when it's not working) If you took any notice, the jv team couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat the first half of the season (when Gillies wanted varsity and jv to practice together), coach Haun got us into the cage more the second half of the season (when JV and varsity weren't together) and we started hitting a lot better. Also, did you come to any of our summer workouts? Haun and Wills had us doing more drills then, than we have done when coach Gillies was there. Gillies would ask for advice and not take it, he wanted to run it himself. With all that being said and the type of season we had, you can see why coach Wills didn't say much and coach Haun would make jokes to keep our attitudes up. Without those two we would have been miserable! If coach Glover wants to improve the team he needs to let the assistants assist and share their knowledge.
father of two

Morristown, TN

#67 Feb 3, 2013
Gillies destroyed last yrs season and yes it is true he had no idea how to do a line up card. He was way way over his head.
Last season he had a great chance to win district and instead played everyone out of position played some in positions they were not capable of playing and yes had way way to many players. What a mess he made of lastyear.
I tend to agree with what I have been reading on here as I have to coached most this years seniors I just hope Glover is not graded by this yrs results. Great boys, outstanding attitudes,but offensively weak.
Got some help coming up though next yrs freshmen are strong.
Hang in there guys.
Hope you can have a great spring.
Hmmmm

Duluth, GA

#70 Feb 6, 2013
Really wish Coach Haun would stop writing about himself. It's just so weird! Even for topix!
JTT

Morristown, TN

#71 Feb 6, 2013
Going to be a rough season East! There are only 2 pitchers in those five named. Can't name five starters!
Still

Winnsboro, SC

#72 Feb 6, 2013
There will have to be some help from the sophomore class this year! Agreed?
Hit and Run

Dandridge, TN

#73 Feb 6, 2013
Those five could win some games...gotta have some help at the plate though. Score a few runs and 4 of the five could be very productive.
Truth

Morristown, TN

#74 Feb 6, 2013
Well i wasn't going to get into this discussion since I am a part of the team but I feel the need.
Pitchers, well what starts that topic is glad our number one is back, lets just hope his arm can handle the year. He is the entire season, and has the entire season stats riding on whether he can stay healthy.
Our number two, well he carried his weight better than ever last year and against substandard teams he is great, problem arises when coaches see his slow motions toward the plate and slow reaction time they run on him and it throws off his rythm. he can handle most of the teams we will be facing this season as 50% of them are not that good, its the other 50% that will kill him. Gillies caused him to loose confidence last year when he put him against Farragut, he never got an out and 7 runs later he finally took him off the mound.
Our number 3 he is our hardest thrower but if a team gets under his skin he comes apart and may never again throw a strike, he too had a shoulder injury last year, humm who was the coach-way to go Gillies.
Number 4 he is an effective strike thrower but that will sometimes not be good if you give a decent team to much to close.
Number 5 no not whom you all are mentioning, but he can play catcher too, as a matter of fact he saved the starting catcher from breaking a record last year, one he would not have wanted.We just do not have pitching quality to get through tough games, this is one time having 5 or more, quanity does not count, so we can have 10 but if they are not capable of the big game or a competitive game how are we going to play in a tourney or a conference final?

Pitching will be least of our worries, Gillies had a great team last year, but he was unable to know it nor did he have help to assist in talking him from some of his crazy moves. He lost more games by being clueless about his players, playing them out of position, and playing boys that he should never have, setting boys that should have played. All those strong hitters are gone this year and the line up is not cushioned with hitters this year. Does anybody realize of all the senior boys on the team only one hit above 300, only 1. The rest struggled at 200 or lower. As I mentioned above we almost had a player break the school strike out record, he just barely missed it, and had he played all games and batted he would have.
We have got to be real, my son he too struggles to hit the baseball and I put part of that blame on me.
I am glad we have Glover he seems to have baseball knowledge unlike poor Gillies and we have smart asst coaches that have played and love the boys. Having Gillies gone automatically gives us a 75% better chance to win on any given day!
I just hope they have fun and remember their senior year and we have no injuries.
DIP

Knoxville, TN

#75 Feb 7, 2013
Well said. I agree with most of what you pointed out. But we will do better than that I feel!
Baseball Man

Morristown, TN

#76 Feb 7, 2013
I to know this group of senors and have a younger player as well. Gillies made a mess of a good team last year with all his antics and crazy crap he did. Last year is gone now and his damage to the program is hopefully over. I feel sorry for last years or two teams they were the one that suffered and shame on Wells for going on with the craziness those coaches owe appologies to some good players and a school that had a banner team and should of been winners they had the tools and the coaching messed em up. Pitching will be ok this year hitting I have to agree wont be anything to brag about. It is up to new coach to put back a once great program that Gillies sent to the pits of hades.
Congregation

Morristown, TN

#77 Feb 7, 2013
I agree with most of what "Truth" said, but I don't think that pitching will be as big of a weakness as hitting. You can't win if you can't score. The seniors aren't very good at the plate, my class of juniors don't have any power. Some sophomores are going to have to step up with the bats, and the ones who I'm thinking of are capable. The biggest thing we need from the seniors is something we haven't had in a few years, leadership!
Yes

Winnsboro, SC

#78 Feb 7, 2013
I agree, the team needs leadership. If they have that I think they will be okay. I know they will have some talent with the seniors. The junior class not so much. Just not much to work with. Sophomores there's a couple that are capable like you said with seals and green but one if one of those would get his head screwed on he has some real potential! Just from what I know watching him play.
Lights on at Wrigley

Dandridge, TN

#80 Feb 14, 2013
I really believe the Canes will surprise a few people this year. Solid pitching is a big factor......but it is also a big possibility. Hitting...If this group stays agressive at the plate they will erase many offensive problems. Agressive at the plate and on the bases. Put pressure on the defense....force them to make the good throws....truthfully, most high school players are going to crumble if the pressure is turned up a little. Defensively......big question make. Gotta work hard and play hard and hope you don't make costly errors at the wrong time. X-Factor....(1)Leadership from the players (Seniors). (2) How quickly will the varsity gel with a new program leader. Good coach, bad coach, doesn't matter. This group plugs in early and has early success, well, you never know.
Z

Fayetteville, NC

#81 Feb 16, 2013
Glad to see you guys have so called faith in our program this year.
Wake up

Morristown, TN

#82 Feb 24, 2013
Hate to agree with the majority with this silly topic but face reality this is the weakest hittin team of seniors in years. Agreed having Weston back at number 1 will give them a chance, but if you can't hit u can't score and if u don't score well u do not win! Question will b who will step up and b pitcher number 2? Also if season is so much ridin on Weston can his arm last? A lot of questions!,,,,!!!
5 games better than 4

Shelbyville, TN

#85 Feb 27, 2013
If they win 5 games then it will be better than football and basketball combined. 3 and 25 in basketball. What went wrong from Russellville, Union Heights, John Hay, Witt,Hillcrest, and Fairview to now. Perhaps coaching!!!!!!!!!!
Old Hand

Morristown, TN

#86 Feb 27, 2013
5 games better than 4 wrote:
If they win 5 games then it will be better than football and basketball combined. 3 and 25 in basketball. What went wrong from Russellville, Union Heights, John Hay, Witt,Hillcrest, and Fairview to now. Perhaps coaching!!!!!!!!!!
Actually none of the above....No athletes in this year of kids. Good group just no athletic ability. Baseball will even be worse, it's just a weak group of boys. East has no leadership they hired Dag Burquist whom has the personality and ability of a possum. It looked good the last 3 yrs cause hell with the talent he had those boys would have done better without him. Now his true ability shows, he hasn't a clue!
Baseball with Gillies was a joke he had talent but no ability to coach another East leadership failure. Won't even go to football that really shows east leadership has not a clue, these kids deserve to have decent coaches.
Not sure why the decision to hire Glover in baseball he might be good we will not have a chance to see this year because he has nothing to work with.

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