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Former CY Young winner Eric Gagné takes the bump for Aigles

Last night, 2003 National League CY Young winner, Eric Gagné took the hill for the Can-AM League's Trois-Riviéres Aigles. This was the first time he's toed the rubber since 2009 when he was a member of Les Capitales de Quebec. Gagne, part-owner of the Aigles, is best known for his stellar years as closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His best season came in 2003 when he recorded...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Toronto Blue Jays scout Indy League for arms

The Sugar Land Skeeters announced early last week that the Toronto Blue Jays have signed 6'0 right-handed pitcher, Derek Blacksher to a minor league contract. Blacksher, the eighth Sugar Land Skeeter to be signed by a Major League club this season, has joined the Jays' Single-A affiliate in Dunedin, Florida.  Originally drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 33rd round of...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

From the NHL to business owner: Darius Kasparaitis and life after hockey

Darius Kasparaitis was drafted as the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. He played a total of 16 years in the NHL for the Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche and the New York Rangers. Previosu to that, Kasparaitis played five seasons for Dynamo Moscow. In over 20 years of hockey, he played in over 1000...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Twitter: Friend or foe for the new age athlete

Twitter is a great tool and gives fans unbridled access to professional athletes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This form of communication, whether you like it or not, is great for athletes to show the fans who they really are. They are actual "people" outside of the lines, but with that comes immense responsibility that some athletes (IMO) don't take seriously. During this Outside...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

The San Francisco Giants win the right way

Why are the San Francisco Giants successful? They adapt to overcome. They let leaders lead. Status Quo is not sufficient. People are your greatest asset. When you think of the Four Variables of Change that occur in organization: Strategies, Structures, Technologies, and People, it's not a surprise that the Giants team excels in each department. What do you do when your iconic...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Can Ducks have nine lives?

The Long Island Ducks' Reegie Corona became the ninth Duck to be signed by a Major League or foreign organization this year. Corona was signed to a minor league contract by the Washington Nationals, according to a Ducks press release. Corona, who has been in the game for over ten years, is no stranger to the opportunity he's been given. He's played in nearly 900 games, the majority...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Tommy Bahama unveils 2015 MLB All-Star Game attire

With the All-Star Game only days away Tommy Bahama has introduced their newest line of MLB apparel. The new camp shirt, which can be found seen here, pays tribute to the 86th Midsummer classic as well as honoring the NL Central's Cincinnati Reds as host. The game takes place on July 14 at the Great American Ball Park, where the winning league gains home field advantage in the...
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July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

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Over the course of the past year I have been extremely fortunate to work with top ranked UFC Lightweight, Myles Jury and his management team, Evolution Agent.  During that time I have learned about a profession that instils and immense of amount of discipline and changes lives in the process. Myles Jury is currently ranked 8th in the UFC rankings and is one of the best up and...
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July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockland Boulders offer Odell Beckham Jr. Indy contract

New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is all over the web. He took the mound at a charity softball game for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital this past Friday and unleashed pure hear with a softball. The pitch came in at a reported 90 mph. Not too bad for someone who made, arguably, the greatest catch in NFL history. The pitch was impressive, but even more impressive...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Former Ranger signs with Bluefish

What seems to be a regular, but an always exciting move, a former MLB'er is signing with an Independent League club. Kameron Loe, best known for his time with the Texas Rangers, has signed on with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League. Loe will be a great asset to the club bringing with him years and years of experience. “Kameron has a lot of experience in the big...
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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Myles Jury exudes the essential talents of every great leader

Leadership is a quality that some people have. Some people don't. Many people claim they are good leaders, but that's very questionable. Numerous questions abound when one tries to figure out who or what makes a leader? Is a leader born? Can they be made? In our everyday lives leaders can be anyone. A coach, teacher, manager, employer, etc...your options are endless. When you find...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Dreams fulfilled and legends made

Dylan Kelly signs with D-Backs Undrafted out of the University of Missouri Columbia, Dylan Kelly leveraged a blistering start to his 2015 season (second with the Normal CornBelters) to earn a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 11 games for the CornBelters, Kelly is batting .350. Of his 14 hits, five are for extra bases. 2014, Kelly's senior season, he put...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Punk icons Ten Foot Pole to begin tour in June

Ten Foot Pole, an American Punk band formed in the early 1980's, is still going strong after all these years. Come June 11, they begin the "Love is the Law" tour with another long-standing band, Unwritten Law. The month long escapade takes them all over the United States and Canada, including Amnesia Rockfest, in Montebello, Canada from June 18-21, where they will perform with...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Tommy Bahama presents the 6th Annual Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival

Tommy Bahama, known for its support of the island lifestyle and relaxed fashion sense, has also been a big supporter of Major League Baseball and its roots. For over 20 years, Tommy has been one of the most forward thinking companies, creating a brand of clothing that any man, woman or child could enjoy. That forward thinking has also been a big reason why they are involved in...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Rumours abound about Indy ECBL folding

The season is scheduled to start, unfortunately the East Coast Baseball League has apparently folded before the season even started. According to WWNY TV, the Watertown Bucks, one of the league's six inaugural clubs, has pulled out of the league for a variety of reasons and are working on forming another league with three other teams. It has been reported that another team has...
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May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Ricky Romero and Chris Colabello: The tale of two careers

Ricky Romero and Chris Colabello are two athletes at the opposite end of the spectrum. Romero, a former Ace and once a potential CY Young candidate, was given his walking papers by the Toronto Blue Jays with $7.5 million remaining on the last year of his contract. His release also ignited a $600,000 buyout of a club option for next year. Colabello, a superb independent league...
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May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Jays' Colabello making the most of his opportunity

Whenever Chris Colabello drives the ball into the gap I can't help but smile. The long-time Indy standout is back on the radar, this time as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.  For years Colabello put up numbers, numbers that would make any manager proud. Unfortunately, those numbers were in the Independent Baseball leagues. Indy ball is getting more recognition now than ever...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Sugar Land Skeeters loaded for 2015 season

The cream rises to the top. In a few short years the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Independent Atlantic League have set multiple attendance records, despite being around for only a brief amount of time. In 2012, their first full ATL season, they set a modern day Independent League team record by drawing nearly 470,000 fans to the games (465,511). Sugar Land also topped the Indy...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Ricky Romero's release is only the beginning of things to come

Ricky Romero's release as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays is not the end, but only the beginning. I look at it this way. If Scott Kazmir, who was in dire straits and left for dead by the baseball world, can come back and again be considered one of the most effective left-handed pitchers in the game. Romero, who's had a couple rocky years, is in no way done with the game of baseball...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlantic League strike/ball experiment works?

The Atlantic League unveiled their new three-ball walk and two-strike out experiment in a spring training game on Saturday. If you didn't already know, the Atlantic League has created the Pace of Play Committee. A group dedicated to  "cut down on all the things that slow the pace of the game, these great baseball minds want the fans to come to the ballpark and enjoy their...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: MLB experience all over

Indy teams and leagues are having a busy week when it comes to the signing of players with professional experience. The Ottawa Champions, who are on the verge of beginning their inaugural Can-Am League season, have signed former Texas Ranger, Wilmer Font. Font, still young at 24, has spent seven years in the minors, appearing in 166 games. He's recorded 24 wins and posts a solid...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Tommy Bahama unveils 2015 MLB Collection

With the 2015 MLB season upon us, Tommy Bahama has launched their new Major League Baseball Collection for the sixth time. And what a collection it is! Celebrating the San Francisco Giants dynasty, Tommy Bahama honors them with a classic panel back camp shirt and a half-zip sweatshirt. The new gear celebrates the Giants three Word Series wins in the last five years. In addition...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlantic League experiments with three-ball walk and two-strike foul out

Come April 18, the Atlantic League is really going to test the waters. These changes are not yet implemented league wide, though the proposed experiment will be for all to see in a game against the Long Island Ducks and Bridgeport Bluefish. The league's Pace of Play Initiative is, in all fairness, meant to make the game more enjoyable for fans. To cut down on all the things that...
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March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: York Revolution want Ryan Howard

Independent baseball never ceases to amaze. They don't get the credit they deserve for the product they put on the field, hundreds of their players have taken it to the next level, and their promotions will give any marketing company a run for their money. The York Revolution aren't any different. Founded in 2006, York has been one of the best teams in all of Independent baseball...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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