How the Yankees icon’s son gave birth to guilt to become a life coach from his brother’s death

Todd Stottlemeier spent the early years of his life around “The Mansells, Mursers, The Munsons”. “It was like going to the school of champions.”

Todd’s father Mel, you probably know, had been pitching for the Yankees from 1974 through 1974 (Todd was born in 1965) and worked as their pitching coach from 1996 to 2005, with a later run. Earn four World Series rings; He also coached pitchers for the 1986 Mets, who became part of a select group of people (seven, according to my post associate / master historian Mike VeCarro) to win the ring with both current New York baseball teams.

Todd and his brother Mel Jr. both went on to follow in their father’s footsteps and became big-league pitchers, and Mel Jr. did horses coach, currently for the Marlins, just as his father did. And while 55-year-old Todd Stottlemeier has never worked in baseball since his retirement after the 2002 season, he is also taking over right after his father.

He is helping people improve themselves.

“I do a lot of coaching the officers,” Stottlemeier said in a recent telephone interview. “I want them to be fulfilled. I want them to have a life outside of business. “

And his work is beyond the authorities. I saw Stottlemeier, who has had considerable success in the financial world since retirement, recently speaking for an hour Best ever you global summit Online, and as good a pitcher as he was – he stayed in the big leagues for 14 years, plays 2,191 at innings – he is the least good in the field. When he discussed his second mental book, I had a vigorous mental health discussion on his mental journey. “Inspector,” Which is called “a modern fable” when you master your thoughts and feelings.

“I wanted to write it as a fictitious story with the characters,” Stottelmeier said. “The main character is a woman because we just wanted to get this far from me as much as possible, and the reason is, I just didn’t want to give anyone any excuse, ‘This is what your dad was. He’s not my life.’ . It is easy for you to say. ‘I wanted all those people to find a way to relate to something in that book so that it would get away from me, yet it was their stories. “

Because Stottlemeyer’s defining story, his biggest obstacle, his father’s behavior for living could not be undermined. The late Mel Stottelamer (he died in 2019) wrote beautifully and heartily in his autobiography. “Proud and Pinstriped” A third son, Jason, Died of leukemia In 1981 at the age of 11 years.

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Todd Stottlemeier pitching with the Diamondbacks on April 24, 2002, during his final MLB season.
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Before Jason dies, he receives a bone marrow transplant from Toad, which, sadly, instead puts Jason in a coma from where he never arose. Todd blames himself for what happened.

He said, “I had to distance myself from something, which was not even true.” “I made it come true. Because I did, it changed who I was. Before that, I was the child with the most laid back. nothing I guess. I went to a child out of control who wanted to control everything. … (I felt), ‘I killed my younger brother.’

It was not until 1993–94, at this point, Stottlemeier was an established major-league pitcher, that he began attacking him, as he met the acclaimed sports psychologist Harvey doorman.

“I look like I had it all, but inside I was dark, broken, disgusting,” Stottelmeier said. “I spent 12 hours with Harvey. In the first hour he asked me, ‘will you do it again’

“‘What is the plan?’

“Bone Marrow Transplant.”

“I melted. I broke. I said, ‘I’ll do it every day.’

“Harvey said, ‘Didn’t you already do that? You’re not a god. You didn’t kill your younger brother, but you weren’t able to allow him to survive. You don’t have that power. You don’t have that. I have the power to forgive myself and let her go. I bounced around like a fresh baby. It was a huge release. It was the first time anyone had given me permission. “

The session did not immediately and endlessly “fix” Stottlemeier; How this stuff works. “Even on this day, I can have a moment (of guilt),” said Stottelmeier, who lives in Arizona. “It can last only a few seconds instead of a month or a week. In those seconds. I will literally get myself out of it and come back to that great place. Realize, if you focus on things you can’t control, it will drive you crazy. “

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Mel Stottlemeier on May 7, 2005 as Yankees pitching coach.
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He stares at baseball; In fact, Stottlemeier said, he saw more baseball in 2020, his outside activities had been limited by the epidemic since his retirement, and he paid special attention to the Marlins and Yankees as well as the Blue Rays (whose He won two. Rings, in 1992 and 1993) and the Cardinals (for whom he pitched from 1996 to 1998). Even when he is not following the game, the game remains a big part of him. Because his father was revered by almost everyone, who had the privilege of meeting him (the company currently involved) being such a large part of him. Mel Stottlamer was a minor-league pitching instructor in the Mariners organization when Jason died, and he stopped coaching and came back home with Todd until he left for college. That choice encouraged Todd Stottlemeier to stay home with his children after finishing pitching.

Five or six years ago, Stottelmeier said, it seemed like his father, who fought multiple myeloma battles for nearly 20 years, was about to die. “I boarded an airplane and flew there (to Washington state),” said Todd Stottelmeier. “He was in a 105-temperature hospital room. The doctors were really worried. We had no idea that it was.

“Three days later, he drove our family out of that hospital. He said, ‘I am going out of this place.’ No wheelchairs. Then we went on a drive through the mountains. I dumped his pickup truck. He said, “Someday, I’m going to buy a cabin here and for your mother.” Inside I was like, ‘Dang, Dad, I just want to get you through today.’

“That night, I couldn’t sleep. (I thought,) ‘They have inspired me like never before in my life. How is this man working under these circumstances? He is fighting for his life but only Seeing the good in life. I want that power. I want that piece. I want to look positive all the time. ”

That day, Stottelmeyer said, inspired him to write books (here it is) His first one) Belongs to. This is another great outlet for this natural coach, a product of the School of Champions who has become a champion on his own several times.


The question for this week’s pop quiz came from Gary Mintz of South Huntington: 1960 episode of “The Twilight Zone”, focusing on a robotic pitcher that mentions three future Hall of Famers. name them.


I’m sorry to say Last week’s pop quiz question Answered incorrectly. Chris Gannon of Scotch Maid emailed me to inform me that during this episode of “Homicide: Life on the Streets” the game in question was not actually the Yankees-Orolls, but the A-Orioles. I apologize. Last time I used Wikipedia to confirm something.


Your answer to the pop quiz is Joe DiMaggio, Leo Durocher and Bob Feller.

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