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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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1 day ago  |  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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5 days ago  |  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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8 days ago  |  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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14 days ago  |  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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18 days ago  |  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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20 days ago  |  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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26 days ago  |  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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27 days ago  |  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

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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August 12, 2014  |  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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August 07, 2014  |  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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August 05, 2014  |  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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July 30, 2014  |  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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July 29, 2014  |  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
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