Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Start-ups across the board

Pecos League introduces Garden City The Garden City Wind has been introduced as the new Pecos League team, according to a league press release. Based out of Garden City, Kansas, the Wind will play their homes games at Clint Lightner Ballpark, the first artificial field in the history of the league. New Independent League announced The Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

With UFC 182 on deck, Fury Jury continues to evolve

Only a few weeks to go, and UFC's Myles Jury puts his 15-0 record on the line against his toughest opponent to date, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at UFC's big New Year's Pay-per-view on January 3, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Jury is focused, determined, and a man on a mission to climb the ladder en route to a title shot in the UFC's Lightweight division. The GM's Perspective was able...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Miners, an MVP, and a World Series worthy manager

Sussex gets a name The newest Can-Am league team, looking to begin play in May of 2015, has officially been named. Welcome the Sussex County Miners. According to the Can-Am Leaguewebsite, The Miners will play their first game at Sussex County Stadium on Memorial Day. Jays sign 2013 IL MVP Chris Colabello It's not the biggest deal the Toronto Blue Jays have ever completed, but the...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pro baseball returns to Niagara

It's exciting, very exciting. For the first time in over a decade, professional baseball is returning to the Niagara Region. The East Coast Baseball League, the newest independent league on the block, is looking to begin play in 2015. With the extensive baseball knowledge of Colin Cummins, a former independent league player in the late 1990's and owner of Red Eye Sports Management and...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Cyber Tracks CEO is living the dream and bringing Punk to the masses

Aaron Abeyta or "El Hefe" as he is affectionately known to his fans, has been in the punk band NOFX for over 20 years. With his wife Jennifer Abeyta aka "Mrs. Hefe", they are the founders of Cyber Tracks, a Los Angeles based record label. Over the past three years, the Abeyta's have been building Cyber Tracks in to a formidable label with strong deep-rooted punk influences. With...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

2013 IL MVP Chris Colabello selected off waivers by Jays

Strictly for the sake of discussion, I love that the Toronto Blue Jays have selected Chris Colabello off waivers from the Minnesota Twins, according to MLB TradeRumours. Colabello is quite the story of perseverance. He's a veteran of seven independent league seasons. There is no doubt the guy can hit, but the question of if he can hit MLB pitching still remains. After a monster year...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Amarillo's new name, Fran Riordan is hired by Oakland

Sox to Thunderheads The Amarillo Sox are no more. After some internal and public discussion, the Amarillo management team has decided to name the club the Amarillo Thunderheads. Amarillo has seen many different names over the years including the Amarillo Gold Sox, Amarillo Dillas, and most recently, the Amarillo Sox. The reason for the change? According to Thunderheads Executive...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

A taste of Freedom: Marban signed by Red Sox

Not quite the blockbuster deal that occurred between the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics last night, but it's good for the guy involved. Late last week, Florence Freedom closer, Jorge Marban was signed by the Boston Red Sox, as reported by the Freedom's website. At 25 years of age, Marban, has been already had five years of experience, two of those with the Texas Rangers...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Atlantic League has what MLB wants

The Atlantic League continues to show they have the goods that other teams need. Tim Gustafson, a veteran of eight professional years, was signed by the Baltimore Orioles. Gustafson was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 9th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft from Georgia Institute of Technology. During his career, he's done it all in the minor league game....
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November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerry Trupiano: Longtime broadacaster sits down with The GM's Perspective

The GM’s Perspective: You’ve called games for every major sport for 40 years. That is very impressive. What’s the first thing to come to mind when you think about it? Jerry Trupiano: I started out doing hockey. It’s funny; you get labeled in this business. Early on I was a hockey guy then I started doing games in the NBA, and I was a basketball guy. After, I went to the...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Ottawa makes first moves in franchise history

The Ottawa Champions, who are one of the new franchises in the Can-Am League beginning play in 2015, made their first roster moves in club history. According to theOttawa Citizen, their singings include outfielder Tim Alberts, infielder Ryan Lashley and right-handed pitcher Derrick Miramontes. All three players were acquired for cash. Veteran outfielder, Alberts has played his entire...
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Sergeant Dan Rose featured on WWE SmackDown

Baseball is my primary focus on The GM's Perspective, but sometimes there are some stories so inspirational that I can't help but publish it. For years, World Wrestling Entertainment has been a staunch supporter of the US Armed Forces. WWE Tribute For The Troops has been going on since Christmas of 2003 as a way of honoring the men and women who serve to protect their country on...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Two new teams and KC picks up MVP

Sussex and Ottawa officially join the Can-Am Miles Wolff, Can-Am League commissioner, announced on Wednesday that the league will add two new cities to the league. Sussex County, previously the Can-Am League's Skyhawks, will play at Skyland's Park. The park, which has gone under $2 million in renovations, will seat 4,200 and play host to 56 home games. Announced earlier this...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Fury Jury and Cowboy Cerrone slated for January 3 in Las Vegas

The highly anticipated fight between Myles "Fury" Jury and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone" has been set for January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas. Headlining the night will be Jon "Bones" Jones defending his Light Heavyweight Title against Daniel Cormier. Some finagling with the UFC schedule is what made this match-up possible. According to a press release on Jury's website, the UFC decided to...
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Met is your Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year

Thank goodness for Independent baseball. I've been writing about this for years and the stories of players finding success never ceases to amaze me.  The New York Mets drafted Chris Schwinden in the 22nd round of the 2008 amateur draft. Since 2008, the Visalia, California native has been toiling in the minors for five different organizations, including the Mets, New York Yankees...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Bridgeport gets All-Star Game, former Blue Jay prospect is Can-Am's best

Bluefish to hold 2015 All-Star Game The Bridgeport Bluefish will be hosting the 2015 Atlantic League All-Star Game. This will be the third time The Ballpark at Harbor Yard will host the Midsummer Classic. Bluefish general manager, Jamie Toole, is honored that the Ballpark is hosting the event. It's an opportunity to showcase the best that Bridgeport has to offer. “It’s a...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Less Than Jake: 20 years and still doing it their way

Less Than Jake has been in the music biz for over 22 years. Their style of music can be classified as a mix of Punk, Ska and Reggae. While that caters to a wide variety of generations and people, it's rarely if ever heard on the radio. Unless you specifically search out punk stations on satellite radio, it's almost entirely non-existent. The punk culture is fascinating. The music...
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October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: A new Pirate and the Indy's speed it up

Chris Peacock becomes a Pirate Three independent seasons and six teams later, a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates is in the cards for Chris Peacock. It's been a long road for Peacock, who went undrafted out of the University of Mobile and at Faulkner State. His first two years spent in the Independent Pecos League and the North American Baseball League weren't anything...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Shawn Hill: The common man defines perseverance

Shawn Hill has done everything that could possibly be done in the game of baseball. He's done his part in the minors; he's been a starter, a reliever, and a mop-up guy. He's a Canadian playing America's pastime. He's played for the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays. He's gone from Major League starter to independent obscurity. He will dominate and get shellacked the next. He's...
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Game-Winning Jacks and Aces

Jacobo's extra-inning blast lifts Barnstormer's to title Gabe Jacobo, a veteran of seven minor league seasons, hit the game-winning home run in the 12th inning (his second of the game) to propel the Lancaster Barnstormers to their second Atlantic League Championship. Jacobo, who spent the first four years of his career with the Los Angeles Angels organization and the last three...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Attendance records and Blasters emerging

 Schaumberg's on top of the world For the second consecutive year, the Schaumberg Boomers are the Frontier League champions. If becoming champion wasn't good enough, the Boomers finished first in the league in per game and total attendance. According to the Boomers press release, attendance is up nearly 7 percent from last year and 27 percent since 2012. To fully understand just...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Blue Jay Eric Thames makes his own opportunities

Eric Thames had a stellar 2014 campaign. In 114 games, he batted .341, hit 34 home runs, drove in 113, and posted a 1.09 OBP, 159 points better than Jose Bautista. The only problem is, the majority of the baseball world probably had no idea Thames was capable of numbers like this. Thames spent the 2014 season with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball League, and he finally put up...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Jury KO's Gomi in 92 seconds, puts UFC on high-alert

 Myles "Fury" Jury defeated Takanori "Fireball" Gomi to improve his UFC record to a sparkling 6-0. After the fight, long-standing UFC commentator, Mike Goldberg said, "They call him the future, he might be the now". Coming from Goldberg, a UFC staple who has seen everything, that is quite the endorsement.  UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson, took place at Saitama Super Arena...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Best of the Best, D-Backs and Bling

Haymarket: The Best of the Best...again The best playing field in the American Association, for the ninth consecutive season, goes to Haymarket Park. The home of the Lincoln Salt Dogs is witness to one of the greatest independent baseball playing surfaces around. Josh Klute, the Athletic Turf Manager since 2006, has helped bring the field to where it is today after years and...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Pace of Play Initiative releases results

The Pace of Play initiative has released the results of the first 30 days, this according to an Atlantic League press release. The POP 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 Harrelson, and Sparky Lyle. I even had a chance to speak with Smith earlier this year, inquiring...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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