TigsTown: What is your approach to successfully managing a ball club?
Larry Parrish: It's being able to provide a balance philosophy of winning, having a good attitude and being able to properly teach the players , especially at this level how to become good ball players.
TT: In a typical game situation do you play stats or go with hunches when forced to make a crucial decision?
LP: That's a difficult question to answer, because it's a little of both. Every situation is different.
TT: What sets this years 2006 ‘Hens team apart from last years team that took home the Governor's Cup?
LP: Last years team was a slugging team. We were very strong throughout the order, especially the middle of the order. This years club has been built around pitching more than hitting. I don't believe we have the speed on this club that we had last season either with guys like Granderson moving up.
TT: How did your pro ball career contribute to your success as a manager?
LP: I think it gave me creditability to become a teacher. I think you need that before you can begin to get the trust in young players who are looking to you to provide some guidance.
TT: What do you look for in a young and upcoming ballplayer?
LP: Attitude is number one in my book. But the most important quality in a player is hitting. If you can not hit, you will not make it in pro ball.
TT: Who were some of your heroes and mentors when you were growing up who contributed to your career as a ballplayer?
LP: My father was without a doubt my biggest influence, not only in ball, but in life as well. He spent a lot of time coaching me and showing about this game.
TT: As a player you enjoyed a successful career in both the National and American Leagues. What was the difference between them?
LP: The National League when I played was a far more talented league. It was about speed, great pitching and smaller strike zone. When I went to the American League with Texas, it was all about slugging and popping home runs out of the park. Hitting was the biggest thing.
TT: You were voted the 2005 Sporting News Minor League Manager of the Year. What did that honor mean to you?
LP: It is always an honor to be recognized for your accomplishments of course. But to me, that was a team award in my eyes, because without the players, a manager is nothing.