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All Ex-Jay Eric Thames needed was a change of scenery - See more at: http://thegmsperspective.com/news/?article_id=606#sthash.RDrxjxfQ.dpuf

Former Toronto Blue Jays prospect Eric Thames is destroying baseballs on an epic level. Drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft, he climbed the ladder on his way to the big league level at an accelerated rate, solidifying his ranking as Baseball America's #15 rated prospect in the PCL. Once promoted to the Jays' MLB roster, he battled another highly touted Jays...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Undrafted's Chad Toocheck discovered what's important

Chad Toocheck was featured on the NFL Network’s Undrafted. The show focuses on collegiate football players looking for an opportunity to play at the next level. The road is long, the road is hard, yet every athlete has one goal in mind; play in the NFL. Toocheck’s story is one of struggle, redemption and ultimately, success. After battling through years of addiction, the NFL...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Collection available at Tommy Bahama

The season has started and Tommy Bahama's 2016 MLB Collection is available. David Ortiz, one of MLB's most celebrated players, has been immortalized on Tommy's 2016 Collector's Edition Series. Ortiz is a sure fire Hall of Famer and one of the greatest Boston Red Sox Players of all time. "We are so excited to be able to develop a special ‘Collector’s Edition’ shirt honoring...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

It's more than wrestling, WWE changes lives

In World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) personalities, not just athleticism, drive the business. From Hulk Hogan, the Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena, these "public" figures are larger than life.  Wrestlemania 32 is set for later tonight and the festivities will be in full throttle. Their yearly Hall of Fame induction ceremony that featured Sting, The Godfather, The Fabulous...
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April 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Sogard's stellar Indy year leads the way to Baltimore

Early last week, Alex Sogard, brother of Oakland Athletics' Eric Sogard, had his contract purchased by the Baltimore Orioles. The former Astros draft pick spend five years within their organization making it all the way to Triple A. He logged over 320 innings compiling a 10-12 record with a 4.38 ERA. Most recently, Sogard participated in the World Baseball Classic for the...
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March 27, 2016  |  Discuss

SF Giants sign Bandits standout TJ Bennett

TJ Bennett is making the jump from Indy ball to affiliated ball. On Thursday, the Frontier League announced that the Schaumburg Boomers sold Bennett's contract to the San Francisco Giants. Aside from getting drafted, there is no real conventional route to getting that elusive contract every baseball player hopes for. For Bennett, his story is one of kind, a journey that only...
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March 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Tommy Bahama presents a night out with future HOF'er Big Papi

On March 21, at the Tommy Bahama, Bar & Store in Naples, FL., Tommy Bahama presents "An Evening with David Ortiz" David Ortiz is a future Major League Baseball Hall of Famer. As The guy in Boston for the past 13 years, he's the epitome of success. His numbers speak for themselves; 503 home runs (27th all-time), 1641 RBI, .547 SLG, .925 OBP, nine-time All-Star, five-time...
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March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Ex-NFL player and LGBT rights activist Wade Davis wants inclusion for all athletes

Photo courtesy of Katie Simmons-Barth Wade Davis is a thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality.  Davis is currently a senior consultant at YSC, a global think tank and leadership consulting firm. Davis played for the Tennessee Titans, the Washington Redskins, and the Seattle Seahawks, as well as for two different teams within...
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March 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Darius Kasparaitis inducted in to the Russian Hockey Hall of Fame

If you didn’t already know, Darius Kasparaitis is one of the greatest hockey players the game has ever witnessed. His accomplished were recognized as he was inducted into the Russian Hockey Hall of Fame on February 19, 2016. Kasparaitis joins 145 of Russia’s best who, upon the creation of the new Hall of Fame in Moscow, received the designation of Honored Master of Sports....
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February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Red Sox outfielder signs Indy deal with Sioux City

Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish has signed an independent deal with the American Association's Sioux City Explorers. The Explorers who are coming off their best season to date, signed Kalish who brings with him a pedigree that provides the team with a veteran presence and fantastic attributes. "We're obviously very excited to have Kalish in an X's uniform as...
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February 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Cricket star Kieran Powell continues on his path to an MLB contract

With tryouts held for the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates and 10 other MLB teams under his belt, Kieran Powell’s baseball skills have been improving each and everyday. The GM’s Perspective spoke with the former cricket star about his post tryout training and how he keeps his focus amid all the publicity. The GM’s Perspective: It’s...
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February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Tommy Bahama celebrates future Hall of Famer David Ortiz

Tommy Bahama's 2016 MLB "Collector's Edition" shirt features future Hall of Famer David Oritz. The three-time World Champion and nine-time All-Star's final season will be honoured in style as only Tommy knows how. Doug Wood, Tommy Bahama CEO, is thrilled with the latest edition to their collection. The relationship with Major League Baseball only continues to grow stronger with...
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February 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Ex-Wildcat Will Sheridan talks sports, music, and being a voice for the gay community

Will Sheridan was a four-year starter for the Villanova Wildcats from 2003-2007. During his freshman year he came out to his roommate and his life was forever changed. Sheridan has embraced who he is and has become a role model to young people as well as to others all over the world. He’s not just an ex-basketball player; he is a gay man with a G.I.A.N.T. voice. He has transformed...
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February 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Blue Jay speedster Crouse signs with Indy Barnstormers

Long-time Toronto Blue Jays prospect Michael Crouse has signed with the independent Lancaster Barnstormers. Crouse, who has been off the radar this past year due to injury, is looking to springboard back in to the eyes scouts in 2016. Even though he may not be on an affiliated roster come opening day, at 23 years old, it's only a matter of time before he catches the eyes of...
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January 28, 2016  |  Discuss

UP17 provides MLB quality instruction at your fingertips

A growing list of Major League players will now have the opportunity to critique aspiring baseball players via the click of a button. UP17 is focused on providing Major League quality instruction to all its clients, specifically on the fundamentals of the game and the skills that you will make you successful. UP17 is a one-on-one professional experience without leaving the comfort...
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January 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays take a flyer on durable Independent arm

The Toronto Blue Jays, almost always known for their powerful bats, have made a splash in the arms department. Last week the Jays made headlines by signing ex-National, Drew Storen to a one-year $8.375mm contract. In a little known move, they also inked a durable independent arm from the American Association's Kansas City T-Bones' Bobby Doran.  The reigning American League...
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January 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Cricket star Kieran Powell takes his shot at Major League Baseball

Kieran Powell is one of the most talented batsmen in cricket. At age 25, he’s played at the highest professional level including his Twenty20 debut at age 16. Powell is also one of only 81 players in history who have scored centuries in both innings of a Test match. The first century was recorded in 1909. It was recently announced the Powell, who has dealt with some contract...
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January 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Colabello tops list of influential Blue Jays

Leader: Jose Bautista. MVP: Josh Donaldson. Masher: Edwin Encarnacion. All three are could be MVP. Having each of them in the lineup is a nightmare for opposing pitchers. Bautista had one of the most memorable home runs in Toronto Blue Jays history and his bat flip was legendary. Josh Donaldson and his man-bun crushed opponents earning him the American League's MVP, becoming the...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Dr. Patrick Kerr discusses his Kerr Collar and NFL Safety

Concussions and player safety s a topic that is top priority in the NFL. With the recent premiere of "Concussion" in theatres starring Will Smith, people unfamiliar with the topic will have their own opinions, thus shining a brighter light on the game watched by millions every week. But it's more than concussions that are hurting the players. Recently, I spoke with Dr, Patrick Kerr...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Daniel Nava continues to live the dream, signs with Angels

Daniel Nava is a World Series Champion. In 2006, undrafted out of Santa Clara University, odds are he didn't think that was possible. Eight years later he's still in the big leagues and recently signed a 1-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels for $1,375,000. Nava’s 2006 senior season at Santa Clara University was anything but regular. He batted .395 with 37 RBI and had a...
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Herren continues to promote the good in everyone

A couple years have passed since I talked with former NBA Player Chris Herren. Over the past couple years, the words Herren speaks have taken on a life of their own. His message is heard loud and clear amongst many people and organizations all over the world. It was with great honour that I spoke with the man responsible for making "being yourself" a phenomena across schools everywhere...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Notorious Conor McGregor uses psychological warfare to his advantage

This weekend the world witnessed "The Notorious" Conor McGregor shock the MMA world when he knocked out the legendary Jose Aldo Jr. in 13 seconds. The shocking win has netted him more than $500,000, but more than likely has shot his net worth into the stratosphere. What is even more impressive is the never ending mind games that McGregor has played against his opponent. For over...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Vinny DiFazio has breakout season with St. Paul Saints

The St. Paul Saints have resigned the reigning American Association Player of the Year, Vinny DiFazio. DiFazio, who hasn't had your typical route through professional baseball, spent the majority of his career in the Texas Rangers organization. Prior to being drafted, he encountered health problems that nearly derailed his career before it got started. In the midst of his first...
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December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Myles Jury reevaluates training to make championship run

UFC Fight Night on December 19 will see Myles Jury square off against Charles Oliveira. This will be Jury's first fight since January 2015 and a lot has changed. He's revamped his diet, dropped to another weight class and also switched gyms. "Fury" is in the best possible position of his career and he's poised to make a championship run. Jury spoke with The GM's Perspecitve and...
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November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Chavez named Pacific Association MVP

Matt Chavez just had one of the best seasons in minor league history. Chavez, a former 44th round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 2010, was named MVP of the Pacific Association after putting together a season to remember. In 66 games he belted 31 home runs and drove in 85, both led the league. His .383 batting average was good for second in the league (.384). if that...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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