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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3 days ago  |  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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6 days ago  |  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...
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11 days ago  |  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...
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15 days ago  |  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...
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20 days ago  |  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...
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23 days ago  |  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...
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28 days ago  |  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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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

UFC's Eddie "Truck" Gordon is an inspiration to those that dare to dream

So you wanna be a UFC fighter? That's what Eddie "Truck" Gordon wanted. He had a dream, but a dream that required sacrifice. Gordon has a family, a full-time job and all the responsibilities that comes with being an adult. But what motivates someone to leave the stability behind and pursue something with no guarantees? Gordon had the unwavering belief in himself...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Pecos League's Mercedes signs with Orioles

The Pecos League's Yermin Mercedes, arguably the leagues best hitter, has signed with the Baltimore Orioles, this according to a Pecos League press release. Mercedes, at 21, has four years of baseball under his belt. The first three were spent with the Washington Nationals' Dominican Summer League team. In 123 games, he batted .296 with two home runs and 65 RBI. After...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

UFC’s Myles Jury wants to be the best in the world

Myles Jury is doing it his way. Jury, founder of Jury Jiu Jitsu is one of the most exciting up-and-coming fighters in the UFC today. Jury is a mixed martial artist with a higher purpose. It’s not about the fame that comes with being one of the most recognized facing in his discipline; it’s about giving back to a sport that has taught him so much. He wants to be the best in...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Myles Jury and Team Fury partners with The GM’s Perspective

It gives me great please to announce the recent partnership between Myles “The Fury” Jury and The GM’s Perspective. Jury is ranked #9 in the most recent UFC Lightweight rankings and is only weeks away from one of the biggest fights of his young career. On Saturday September 20, Jury pits his undefeated record against “The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi, live on UFC Fight...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Jon Hunton breaks own saves record

On August 24, Jon Hunton notched his recording breaking 41st save of the year, breaking his own mark from the previous season, according to the Atlantic League. Jon Hunton has seen a lot of baseball games over his 11 seasons, but only in the past couple years has he gotten the recognition he deserves. Not that Hunton has been overlooked. Standing 6'9" and tipping...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Indy standouts Towles and Bierman make the jump

Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective Towles wrangled by Rangers Veteran catcher and Bridgeport Bluefish, J.R. Towles has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. Towles has spent the majority of his career in the Houston Astros organization, but the last two years has bounced around with the Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

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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August 24, 2014  |  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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August 19, 2014  |  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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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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