It's been nearly a year since Mike Schmidt walked away from his position as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies' Florida State League team in Clearwater, Fla. Schmidt had hoped that a summer of dues-paying would set him up for a major-league job, but his enthusiasm lasted about as long as a footprint in the sand at high tide.
"I've had migraines," Schmidt said in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer last September. "Tension headaches. My hair is turning white. My hip is killing me from throwing batting practice. I throw batting practice every day."