Tommy Bahama presents 7th annual Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival

05/23/2016 11:28 AM - Devo

The world famous Santa Monica Pier will play host to the 7th annual Tommy Bahama Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival June 11, 2016.

Headlining the event will be surf guitar legend, Dick Dale. Dale, known for his legendary songs such as Misirlou and Let's Go Trippin, will bring a unique energy to an event that celebrates a SoCal ocean lifestyle.

“The Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival has grown into a celebration of everything to do with the Southern California ocean lifestyle,” said Craig Hoffman, Director of Partnership & Development for the Santa Monica Pier. “To celebrate that we decided to bring in a musical guest who also embodies the same things for a free show during the festival. Dick Dale is a living legend. He is legitimately called ‘the King of Surf Guitar.’ We think he’s the perfect musician to take our event to the next level. We hope that people will come to enjoy the ocean races and festival and stay to enjoy this epic show.” 

The 2015 Paddleboard Race and Ocean festival showcased incredible feats of athleticism in multiple events. 2016's event will be no different. $15,000 is up for grabs for the winners amongst other prizes. Volleyball will also be on the schedule for the second consecutive year. The Tommy Bahama Paddlecross, a short-course sprint race out and back through the surf, is one of the featured events. Several other new competitions will be included on the docket. The all-day festival will begin at 8am.

Without a doubt, this will be a fun filled packed day for everyone involved. This particular event benefits The Bay Foundation, which works with partners to establish originative polices for the Santa Monica Bay with the objective to clean up our waterways, create green spaces in urban areas, and restore natural habitats both on land and under water.

For more information about Tommy Bahama and their relaxed lifestyle clothing or the event itself, please visit their page here.
 
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

Former top draft pick inks deal with LI Ducks

05/15/2016 6:26 AM - Devo

On Saturday, the independent Long Island Ducks signed former first-round pick Tyler Colvin.

2010 saw Colvin burst on to the scene in his first full MLB season. He hit 20 home runs, drove in 56, and slugged .500. Following a rather strange sophomore year, one that he spent recovering from a freak accident when a splintered bat punctured his lung, he had the best season of his career.

At the end of 2011, Colvin had been dealt by the Chicago Cubs with DJ LeMahieu to the Colorado Rockies for Casey Weathers (minors) and Ian Stewart, but he doesn't blame the injury for being traded.

“At a certain point a team thinks they’re going to be better off going a different way, so you gotta find a new job,” Tyler said. “You get to meet new people, you get to hear different things about the game maybe you haven’t thought that way. You’re just continuously learning."

In his first year with the Rockies, Colvin set career highs in batting average (.290), home runs (18), RBI (72) and SLG (.531). Unfortunately he would never again see that kind of success. He suited up for a minimal amount of games (72) with the Rockies and the San Francisco Giants, but spent most of his time in Triple A. Joining the free agent market after being designated by the Giants after the 2015 campaign, he now has the opportunity to take a breather, so to speak, and get back to the fundamentals.

His time in Long Island will be well worth it. At 30 years old, this 10-year veteran could be a leader to the younger guys on the team as well as a legitimate power threat to an always-formidable lineup. Alternatively, this could be a quick hop, skip and a jump back to the pros for someone who's played at the top level and has prior success.

“Tyler adds a potent bat along with a great deal of experience to our team,” says Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff. “He has had success at every level, and we look forward to having him on Long Island."

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
 

Patriots' Hunton continues to save the day

05/08/2016 4:47 PM - Devo

Minor League veteran Jon Hunton is your new Atlantic League saves leader.

Hunton has been doing this for a long time and it has paid off in droves. On Friday, the Atlantic League announced the long-time Patriot became the ATL's all-time saves leader with 134 tying Jim Ed Warden.

After 13 years of minor league baseball, most would have given up a long time ago. Not Hunton. He played for the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s organizations, reaching as high as Triple-A. Despite never making a MLB roster, he continued to take the mound each and everyday, and is also a part of the Somerset Patriots front office. He's been the teams Director of Player Personnel since the 2014 season.

Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft from Lamar University, he's no stranger to going that extra mile. Hunton has pitched at every minor league level and appeared in nearly 700 games. His career has even taken him to the Mexican and Venezuelan Winter Leagues where he spent five seasons. As a career reliever his numbers don't tell the whole story. Even though they don't look outstanding to the average eye, (48-53, 3.38 ERA), he's been given the ball when it's counted the most finishing over 470 professional games.

Despite bouncing around, Hunton has always had the knack to save games. 185 of his 243 career saves have come in Independent baseball. If you break the numbers down even further, you fully understand why "Big Jon" is so good at his job. Since 2012 his BB9 have decreased every year culminating in a career low in 2015 of 1.4 and his career WHIP at the Indy level is 1.179. He keeps runners off base and keeps damage to a minimum.

Outside of Indy ball, no one will pay much attention, but to baseball enthusiasts and to those who played the game, the scope of what Hunton has done goes beyond the box score. Congratulations.

All Ex-Jay Eric Thames needed was a change of scenery

04/28/2016 10:45 PM - Devo

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 prospect in Travis Snider for one of the remaining outfield spots. Unfortunately, neither performed up to the lofty expectations set in front of them. Both were traded prior to the end of the 2012 season. Since, Thames has spent time in the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros minor league organizations doing what he always does; produce.

Major League pitching is another story. Thames has a career .309 MiLB batting average, .250 in the majors. He fell in to that dreaded 4-A category; a player who dominates at Triple A, but falters when called up to the 25 or 40 man roster. It remains a mystery as to why certain players excel at the highest level, but their game doesn’t translate over when they take that next step.

The Jays, and many other teams, have had a myriad of players who would benefit from that Quad-A category (Snider, Eddie Zosky). Yet, there isn’t one single thing that would make you think Thames couldn't perform. The numbers with the Blue Jays and Mariners is only a small sample size and doesn’t reflect his ability. And regardless of what his short MLB experience tells you, he can flat out play. 

After his release from the Astros organization in 2013, Thames' career took him overseas to the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization. To put it mildy, Thames is dominating pitching and that's an understatement. In 2014, he hit 37 home runs to go with 121 RBI while batting .347. His OPS was a staggering 1.111. What could he do for an encore? How about 2015 KBO MVP. The numbers were shocking and his production increased in nearly every category. His batting average was pushing .400 (.381) and he belted 47 big flies (you can see each one here), drove in 140, stole 40 bases (up from 11) and walked over 110 times. Even more impressive, which is hard to believe, was his Bonds like OBP of .497 and Ruthian slugging of .790.

There's no doubt that Thames has come in to his own. Being able to play everyday without worrying about a position or spot in the line-up allows you to focus on the game and the game alone.. He's proven he's got all the tools to be successful. At 29 years old, and in the prime of his career, it would be a surprise if he's not on a MLB roster come the end 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
 
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