Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Bluefish sign Bonser

08/19/2014 5:32 AM - Devo

Boof Bonser 3.jpgFormer 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 innings.

Originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round of the 2000 amateur draft (21st overall), he's spent over a decade in professional baseball and any team that picks him up will get a veteran presence in the locker room. Bluefish manager Willie Upsahw mirrored that sentiment.

“Boof is a welcome addition to our pitching staff,” says Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. “He brings a veteran presence to the ballclub and we look forward to his contributions down the stretch.”
 
For the past couple of years, Bonser has spent time between Triple A (Columbus and Fresno) and in Taiwan with the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
 
Every player wants to play in the bigs or get back to that level. It's the competitive nature in every athlete, but sometimes change is welcome. In my interview with Bonsor earlier this year, he talked about playing overseas and the chance of playing ball back in North America. Click here for the full interview.

"GMs: Over the last couple years you have spent time in the Mets, Giants and Indians organizations spending a lot of time in Triple A, last pitching in the big leagues in 2010. The Indians released you in August of 2013, eventually leading to a brand new opportunity with the President 7-Eleven Lions in Taiwan. What was that like?

BB: To be honest with you, it was great. I’ve always thought about going overseas to play, and I got my opportunity. I thought I did pretty good. I’m actually still trying to sign something to go back over there and play.

GMs: Was it difficult competing in a completely new league and environment?

BB: The first couple weeks you spend a lot of time adjusting, meeting your teammates and coaches. The language barrier takes a bit to get used to. Once everyone spends some time together, the expectation is to win. We had a fun.

GMs: Are you back with the Lions in 2014?

BB: If it’s not with the Lions, I’m hoping that one of three other teams gives me a shot.

GMs: Any possibility of coming back to North America?

BB: I would love too, but I haven’t had calls as of yet. I don’t know if I will? My options are open that’s for sure. I would never rule out anything"

After all of these years, Bonser still has the burning desire to play. He's pitched in the postseason, and has faced all the pressures and expectations. When all is said and done he knows what's expected of him.

At 32 years old, Bonser experienced more in the game of baseball than countless others. His time with the Buefish is another stepping stone to get back to Major League Baseball. If history has told us anything, Bonser will push through and perform as he always has.

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.

 
 

 

Hello Kitty to visit MLB Fan Cave and Yankee Stadium

08/16/2014 10:04 AM - Devo

Hello Kitty Yankees 2014.jpgAs 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 Global Hug Report. To view the tracking system and to witness first hand how big and popular this phenomenon is, check out this real time display feature.

The excitement begins at the MLB Fan Cave on August 23rd from 12-4pm, an event to celebrate her first appearance at Yankee Stadium for Hello Kitty Bobblehead Day.

Those who attend will be privy to a wide array of goodies. From temporary tattoos representing each of the 30 MLB clubs, and a coupon for a discount on all MLB.com MLB-themed Hello Kitty merchandise that includes team baseballs, pins, key chains, magnets and plush, cell phone covers, bags and throws.

At the MLB Fan Cave Hello Kitty will be sporting her new Yankees' attire that she will reveal to the world at Yankee Stadium on August 24th. The first 14,000 guests under the age 14, who attend the game, will receive a Hello Kitty Bobblehead.

Who would have thought that after all of these years that the global wonder known as Hello Kitty has gone mainstream. This a perfect example of how Major League Baseball is attempting to bring in new fans of all ages. The more that Major League Baseball can expand it's reach the better it is for all us. It's a great game that everyone should enjoy.

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: Pete Rose Night set for September 2

08/12/2014 4:54 AM - Devo

Pete Rose 1.jpgWelcome 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 the course of 24 years. Unfortunately, the betting black eye will be always be something that will continually follow him.

Whether or not you agree with the lifetime ban, there are those who feel he deserves to be in the Hall. Heck, there are countless others already inducted who have done worse. In the meantime, you have to hand it to the Independent League by continuing to push the envelope.

Pete Rose Bluefish.jpg

In June, Rose managed the Bridgeport Bluefish for one game. Bluefish general manager, Ken Shepard, spoke some very special words. "The Atlantic League was created to be a league of second chances". By the Freedom honouring Rose, it's another example of how much he still means to the game. Whatever he did in the past is the past. Give him his credit give him his due.

Reserved tickets for game night will be $14, dugout tickets are $16, and VIP tickets will be $18. In addition, Rose will also meet with 100 lucky fans for one hour for a price of $114. The package will consist of a Rose greeting the group for ten minutes, a personal meeting, a picture, and getting one piece of Freedom memorabilia autographed by Rose himself.

It will be a great evening, a tribute to one of the greatest hitters ever. Hopefully one day Major League Baseball will have their own Pete Rose Night.

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.

 

Jeremy Accardo signs Independent deal with the Bridgeport Bluefish

08/07/2014 7:05 AM - Devo

JeremyAccardo.jpgJeremy 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 Shea Hillenbrand, and did an admirable job for them. Without a doubt, 2007 was his best year. He racked up 30 saves for Jays to go along with four wins. He posted a stellar 2.14 ERA in 67 innings and held opponents to a .206 batting average against.

Over eight professional seasons, Accardo has appeared in over 262 games, compiling a 10-20 record and a 4.30 ERA. He last appeared in a Major League game in 2012 for the Oakland Athletics. After being granted free agency by the Athletics, he signed with the Washington Nationals and spent the entire 2013 season at Triple A Syracuse. He went 2-1 with ERA just under 5.60.

In June of 2013 Accardo received his walking papers from the Nationals.

As is the case when longtime pro's run out of options, there are always the Indy leagues. Indy ball is a great way to get your career back on track, and to regain the form that made them successful at the next level. Accardo signed with the Long Island Ducks in May of 2014, his first independent season. Before signing with the Bluefish, he appeared in 37 games with the Ducks, unfortunately, the numbers were very reminiscent of his numbers in Syracuse. His 4-7 record, 1.578 WHIP, and 4.89 ERA may not be the most confidence inspiring numbers in the world, but Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw is confident in their newest acquisition.

“Jeremy veteran ballplayer that will fit well in our bullpen,” says Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. “We’re excited to bring him on board and look forward to his contributions the rest of the season.”

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.