Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: York Revolution want Ryan Howard

03/22/2015 9:29 PM - Devo

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 claiming the league championship twice (2010, 2011). Not only are they a success on the field, but also at the turnstile. The Revolution average nearly 4,000 per game and were one of only three Atlantic League teams that saw an increase in attendance over the 2013 numbers (13,325).

It wasn't long ago that Ryan Howard was considered elite. He was one of the best first basemen in the game rivalling Albert Pujols as one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball. Ryan burst on to the scene in his third year with the Phillies, putting up MVP numbers: 58 home runs, 149 RBI, and batting .313 with a Ruthian 1.084 OPS. Over the next three years, Howard topped 140 RBI twice and never hit less than 45 big flies.

That was 2009. Come 2015, Howard is a dead man walking. In his first full season since 2011, the power isn't what it used to be (23 home runs), his .223 average is the second lowest of his career, and he struck out a league leading 190 times. All numbers are trending down, and at age 35 and $60 million remaining on his contract, the Phillies aren't shy about wanting him gone.

According to the NBC Sports, the Phillies are offering to pay $50 million of the last $60 million remaining on his contract. That's where the Revolution come in! Just play along. York is looking to raise enough funds to bring Howard to York. If they fall short, 83% of the funds raised will be given to Penn-Mar Human Services. The maximum league salary is $3,000, leaving them $9,999,997 short of the ultimate prize. General Manager John Gibson said if York County's 400,000 or so residents chipped in $25 they would be close to having to having the necessary funds to trade for Howard. 

Whatever it takes right? Of course this will never happen, but look at them now. More people know who the York Revolution are than ever before.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

Eric Patterson has taken his Indy game to a whole other level

03/16/2015 5:17 AM - Devo

Eric Patterson is not a big name in the baseball world. He's one of those journeyman traveller types that goes year to year appearing in about 50-90 games, does a decent job when he's in there, but never really gets credit for the job he's doing.

Patterson was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 8th round of the 2004 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut in 2007 after putting up terrific numbers in the minors, including batting at a .297 clip at Triple A Iowa. He belted 14 home runs while driving in 65. He also stole 24 bases. He appeared in seven games with the Cubs that year hitting .250. From there his career consisted of bouncing from the minors to the big club despite a .295 career average in over 450 games in Triple A.

His numbers in the minors were always consistent, yet that never transferred over when he got called up. Could it be due to lack of playing time or just being at the wrong place at the wrong time? Patterson is not the first to experience this and he won't be the last. There are plenty of talented guys who are dynamic at Triple A but can never bridge that gap to the MLB game. Lucky for us, independent baseball allows these AAAA guys to get the playing time needed to fully showcase their abilities.

Patterson, who can play any outfield position as well as second base, played five years at the Major League level splitting time between the Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, and San Diego Padres. In 226 games, Patterson hit 10 home runs and recorded 50 RBI. He stole 35 bases in 40 attempts. After signing a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers in 2012, Patterson exercised his opt-out clause essentially giving him his release, allowing him to search for other opportunities.

Patterson raised some eyebrows during his first Indy season with the York Revolution. In 62 games, he batted .275 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI. Considering he spent much of the year in the leadoff role is even more impressive. After spending 38 games with the Brewers Double A team, a pedestrian .204 average led to his release, and an eventual minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox in January of 2014. Two months later the Sox released him.

Bringing us to 2014, no one could have imagined the year he was about to put together. In his first full professional season since 2007, Patterson had as good of a season as anyone. In 500 AB's, he went deep 15 times, drove in 86, hit .301 and had a .913 OPS. His 86 RBI was good for 6th in the Atlantic League, his 35 doubles good for fifth and his league record, 17 triples (yup), led the league.

Needless to say, Patterson's return to the Revolution is a big boost to a team that finished three games behind the league champion, Lancaster Barnstormers. In addition, his story is one of hope and determination, another prime example of an athlete not giving up on a dream.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

 

The new MLB seasons brings new Tommy Bahama gear

03/10/2015 5:36 AM - Devo

The 2015 baseball season is on the horizon and the outlook for all 30 teams is sky high. In addition, we're getting new fresh gear from Tommy Bahama.

The new and up and coming Tommy Bahama 2015 MLB Spring Training shirts for both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues are now available in two different styles – the classic silk camp shirt and a long sleeve cotton t-shirt. Spring Training means a new beginning and the new spring lineup captures that sort of spirit with their signature style with a “relax in the park” graphic embroidered on the back.

There are not many companies so in touch with the game as Tommy Bahama. Their passion and the quality of their product is second to none, hence, why they continue to be a front-runner in the MLB apparel game. Whether its MLB legends like Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays or the promotion of yearly All-Star festivities, when Tommy Bahama launches their next line, you know it's for one specific reason. 

The 2015 MLB Collection will capture the heart and imagination of any fan. For more information, please check out their new items here. And when their next line of authentic MLB wear becomes available, you can bet that we will have all the information you need.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

 

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Champion moves on, Colabello's the odd man out

03/06/2015 6:33 AM - Devo

Ottawa Champions' Elias signs with D-Backs

Only a few short months after signing with the Ottawa Champions, Ethan Elias has signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Alberta native Elias was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 22nd round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from Grand Trunk High school. Elias spent the first three years of his professional career working up to A ball within the Cubs organization. His best season came in 2012 when he went 1-2 with a 3.90 ERA in 30 innings. He struck out 22 while walking only six. In his first independent league season with the Normal CornBelters, Elias appeared in 19 games, surrendering 49 hits in 58 innings striking out 66.

Indy star on the move again

Chris Colabello, who signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in December, has been designated for assignment. The 2013 IL MVP, who is now a member of the Buffalo Bisons, can still get back to Toronto if he put up the numbers he's capable of. Unfortunately, with Edwin Encarnacion, Justin Smoak, Danny Valencia, and the newly acquired Dayan Viciedo, all vying for playing time, he's really facing an uphill battle.a

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Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

 

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