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2009 Lefty Gomez Award Recipient "Presented each year to an individual who has distinguished himself amongst his peers and has contributed significantly to the game of baseball"
12/18/8: 2009 Lefty Gomez Award Recipient "The Lefty Gomez Award is one of the most prestigious awards in all of amateur baseball. Named after the great Lefty Gomez, this award is presented by the American Baseball Coaches Association each year to an individual who has distinguished himself amongst his peers and has contributed significantly to the game of baseball locally, nationally, and internationally. The Lefty Gomez Award is presented each year at the ABCA Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet at the ABCA Convention. "
3/15/8: When you play for Ed Cheff, 'winning is like breathing' "It's a completely different atmosphere,'' Woods said of playing for Cheff. Adam acknowledged that the mental part of the game is heavily stressed "because if you're mentally weak, the skills don't matter." "You've got to be thick-skinned," he added. " You can't be soft and play for him.'' Cheff believes it's the mentally tough team that prevails in the end."
6/9/6: Kody Valverde (05) Valverde Has Seen the Light “(Coach Cheff) worked with us every day to be mentally tougher,” Valverde said. “I don’t know if he did something special to us or whether we did it ourselves, but it was a fun summer. “It’s miraculous,” Alabama coach Jim Wells said. “He went from a guy who hit .238 or .240, who swung and missed a lot, and he’s just better all the way around. That had to happen for us to be successful.”
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2003 PRESSBOX 8/1: Four escape serious injuries "Ed Cheff, field manager of the Goldpanners, shook his head as he watched paramedics treat the brothers near the left field batting cage at Mulcahy. "I thought he was gonna land in the (baseball) field,'' Cheff said. "Four people lived through that? I don't believe it. ''Neither did Goldpanners pitcher Clay Johnson, who saw the scene from the first base dugout. "I looked above the left field fence and it was about 40 feet off the ground,'' Johnson said. "It's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen in my life.'' 7/10: Motivation to win has deep roots "Alaska Goldpanners manager Ed Cheff doesn't plan to change the color of his hair any time soon to motivate his team. "To me,'' said Cheff, "you play because you want to establish a legacy of who you are. You want to be a respected player. You get a mentality that you want to earn the respect of your teammates and the people you play against--that's the motivation. I don't think it comes from the coaches; I think it comes from within you.'' 7/5/2: Panners hope Cheff can cook up some victories 4/5: Confidence the key with UH's Montgomery "I built up a lot of confidence up there," said Montgomery. "Coach Cheff motivates you to succeed. He doesn't deal with losses or failures very well. He made sure you worked hard." 2003 ABL Coach of the Year