LATEST STORIES FROM THE GM'S PERSPECTIVE

Link-ed to Marlins, Wingnuts' ace sold to Miami

Wichita Wingnuts ace, Jon Link, has had his contract purchased by the Miami Marlins and will be reporting to Miami's Double A affiliate, according to a Wingnuts press release. This isn't Link's first go-around. Link was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft from Bluefield College. Since '05, he's appeared in...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Bluefish sign Bonser

Former first-round pick Boof Bonser signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League, according to a press release issued yesterday. Bonser played four seasons at the Major League level (between 2006 and 2010), and spent the majority of his career with the Minnesota Twins. His best season came in 2007. In 30 starts, Bonser went 8-12 with a 5.10 ERA in 173...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Hello Kitty to visit MLB Fan Cave and Yankee Stadium

As discussed in early April, Sanrio, Inc. and Hello Kitty are expanding their relationship with Major League Baseball. In celebration of Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary, and in conjunction with her global 'Share a Hug with Hello Kitty' campaign, she will be sharing hugs with all of her fans. Even cooler is the fact that each hug shared will be tracked and added to the...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Pete Rose Night set for September 2

Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective Pete Rose is back in the game. According to a Frontier League press release, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 is Pete Rose Night. He will coach first base for the Florence Freedom, and his #14 will be retired. Rose will be forever known as the guy who bet on baseball. He is the MLB all-time leader in hits with 4,256 over...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeremy Accardo signs Independent deal with the Bridgeport Bluefish

Jeremy Accardo, best known for his days with the Toronto Blue Jays, has signed with the Independent Bridgeport Bluefish, according to a recent Bluefish press release. Accardo attended Illinois State University and was signed by the San Francisco Giants as a free agent in 2003. Within two years he made his Major League debut. He was traded to the Blue Jays for Vinnie Chulk and...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Canseco and Clemens news all in the same week

Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective Jose Canseco belting big flies in Kansas City Jose Canseco, along with Frank White, David Segui and Mike Boddicker came to Kansas City to smash some baseballs. After the Kansas City T-Bones win over the St. Paul Saints, the four participated in a Celebrity softball game, which ended 8-8. Photo courtesy...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

CEO Brian Wilhite and NFL Legend Brett Favre talk sports and the future of Sqor

In early July, I had the pleasure of speaking with Sqor CEO, Brian Wilhite, who discussed his new platform, Sqor, a site dedicated to enhacing the fan/athlete relationship.  In my follow-up interview, I spoke with Brian on the future of the company and discussed the role NFL legend, Brett Favre plays in its growth. The GM’s Perspective: What is next for Sqor and how can you...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Twins get a Bum, ATL changes the rules

Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective Beach Bums' Johnson signs with Twins D.J. Johnson of the Traverse City Beach Bums has been picked up by the Minnesota Twins. Johnson, in the midst of his fourth professional minor league season wowed the Beach Bums saving a career high 14 games and posting a 1.30 ERA in 24 games. Johnson is not stranger to the...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Tal Smith talks Atlantic League and Pace of Play committee

The Atlantic League has been working on a variety of ways to speed up the length of games. Over the course of the last year, they’ve been collecting data relevant to the cause and have now created the Pace of Play Committee. The panel consists of some of the greatest baseball minds the game has ever seen: Tal Smith, Roland Hemond, Pat Gillick, Joe Klein, Cecil Cooper, Bud...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Tosoni leads Explorers, Hall gives Ducks a boost

Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective Canadian Rene Tosoni is quietly having a solid season for the American Association's Sioux City Explorer's. I spoke to Tosoni earlier this year about his experiences in the game and what he's doing right now shows the dedication he has to get back in affiliated baseball. After 63 games, Tosoni...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Tracy McGrady call it quits, retires from baseball

Tracy McGrady is best known for being a basketball player, a great one at that. He played 15 years, averaging nearly 20 points per game, but retirement didn't sit to well with him. He had a dream to play professional baseball. Far-fetched yes, but the independent Sugar Land Skeeters saw an opportunity and ran with it. McGrady worked with Roger Clemens and was even clocked...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Ohka's still around, D-Train's parked in Connecticut

Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective Tomo Ohka, best known for his stint with the Montreal Expos between 2001 and 2005, is perfecting his knuckleball with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League. Ohka has been out of North American baseball since 2009. Since then he's been toiling around the Japan Central League for the ...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

SQOR CEO Brian Wilhite has a unique platform for the new age athlete

SQOR has come up with an ingenious way to enhance the fan/athlete relationship. They have taken the social media experience to a whole other level, With the click of a button any athlete or team on the SQOR roster can create their own content in real time. News on any team or personality is available at your fingertips. Today's sports personalities are creating content...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: ATL says speed it up, Winnipeg tops in attendance again

Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective Last year, the Atlantic League experimented with shortening the lengths of games. Since that time they have continued to collect data relevant to the cause, and have now created the Pace of Play Committee. The panel, which consists of Tal Smith, Roland Hemond, Joe Klein, Cecil Cooper, Bud Harrelson and Sparky...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

CY Young award winner R.A. Dickey talks partnership with Dickies

R.A. Dickey is the epitome of someone who has overcome adversity. From his struggles off the field, to the ones on it, he's never given up hope. He is the master of the knuckleball, a pitch that so infuriates hitters, they are beaten before the at-bat begins. Dickey, the 2012 National League CY Young award winner and current member of the AL East leading Toronto Blue Jays...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Scott Kazmir: The Road to Baseball Redemption

At some point, every player’s career comes to an end. Regardless of age or how good you may think you are, the powers that be can make it all go away. A few short years ago, Scott Kazmir was at a crossroads in his career. Injuries, control problems, and a lack of confidence haunted him. Whatever the cause, his career was all but over. Until 2013, Kazmir’s last appearance...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Holdzkom signs with Bucs, Ottawa becomes Champions

Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective The Pittsburgh Pirates have purchased the contract of John Holdzkom from the Amarillo Sox. Holdzkom, in limited action for the Sox, has been nearly unhittable. He's struck out seven in just under eight innings, giving up only one run. Drafted in 4th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft from Salt...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: D-Backs, Angels, and Reds scour indy leagues for arms

Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective Former Toronto Blue Jay Kyle Anderson has had his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Anderson, who spent two years in the Jays' system, has been temporarily assigned to the Arizona League Diamondbacks. Anderson, a LHP for the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association, has been nothing...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

NAIA graduates 37 more to the pros

For the second consecutive season, 37 NAIA players were selected by MLB teams in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, according to the NAIA. Since 2008, the NAIA has averaged 41 players per year getting chosen, confirming that when you have talent scouts will continue to find you. And for the third time in the last four years, Major League Baseball has chosen a pitcher...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Lew Ford dominates Atlantic League, moonlights as coach

Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective Lew Ford, best known for his time with the Minnesota Twins, is dominating the independent Atlantic League. Ford has spent the past few years bouncing between Triple A and the indy leagues, but everywhere he goes a .300 batting average follows. Ford last saw MLB action for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012, and...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Burres leads indy ATL in ERA, signs with Rockies

Lead the lead in ERA and they will come. That's exactly what lefty Brian Burres has done in the Atlantic League. He's done so well the Colorado Rockies have assigned him to their Triple A club, according to a Friday release by SoMDNews. Burres background screams of major league experience. He's got 13 years of minor league baseball under his belt, and six years...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball returns to Ottawa

It's been a journey, but baseball is finally returning to Ottawa. The Ottawa Citizen's, Ken Warren reported Wednesday afternoon, that Ottawa's return to the Can-Am League will be officially announced on Monday, June 23. Aside from the Toronto Blue Jays and their Northwest League affiliate, Vancouver Canadians, Canada really lacks in the professional baseball department...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: June 9, 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective I read a great story of the American Association website, written by Bob Wirz of Independent Baseball Insider. Daniel Peralta is a rookie outfielder with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 2004, Peralta was a minor league pitcher that struggled...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Honda Instructional Camp headed to Thunder Bay

On June 21, the Blue Jays Honda Instructional Camp will be at Tbaytel Park in Thunder Bay, These events take place throughout Ontario from April to July. Registration is open for children aged 8-14 and the cost is only $45. According to the Blue Jays/Honda Instructional Camp website, the Blue Jays Baseball Academy is well aware of the assistance that local baseball organizations...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: MLB goes shopping in the Atlantic

Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective Major League Baseball had quite the shopping spree, recently signing two independent league players from the Atlantic League. On May 28, Mike McClendon had his contract picked up the by the Colorado Rockies. McClendon isn't a stranger to affiliated baseball. He was drafted by the he Milwaukee Brewers in the 10th...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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