The San Francisco Giants win the right way

07/30/2015 7:00 AM - Devo

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 legendary player (Barry Bonds) retires? You gear up for a storm and prepare for the worst.  The end result, you begin to draft players that fit your new model and focus your attention on developing your squad instead of using your young talent to bring in highly overpriced free agents who could be beyond their years. You'll suffer through some downtrodden years, but once your draft picks figure out the intricacies of the game, nothing but good can come from it.

The rebuilding message will come from the top down, but you need a manager who can let the veterans lead and at the same time mold your youngsters and teach them how to win at the highest level. Bruce Bochy, whether or not he was in the right place at the right time, has turned out to become a potential Hal of Fame manager because of his management skills. Bochy's skills and traits read right from a business manual. He uses (hard skills) the endless years of baseball experience, but combines those with (soft skills) his ability to push his players and get the best out of them on a daily basis. Not many people can do that. And when you think of how many managers have been in the game over X amount of years, very few have won a World Series title, let alone three in a span of six years.

It is pretty amazing when you think of how technology has changed the game. Even before their "rebuild" the Giants became the first team to have a Wi-Fi compatible stadium. That is over a decade of implementing technology, thus enabling the fans to get more in to the game than ever before despite not having the World Series calibre squad like they do today. Who would we ever think online access to players would be as open as it is? Honestly, I don't think we could ever stop imagining how far technology could go. But, if you take the perfecto Matt Cain tossed for the Giants in 2012, there was an estimated one smart device per person in attendance. The Perfect Game that would take days upon days to get out via the newspaper and word of mouth is instantly blasted into the stratosphere within seconds of it happening. Does everyone want to be connected like that? Probably not, but the up to the second access to any information you want can turn a casual observer into a lifelong fan.

When all is said and done, the Giants success comes down to the players. The message from the top down is win, and the players have to follow through on that message. The veterans, whose best years are behind them, are there to pass on the tools to the younger players. Team chemistry is essential and it's blatantly obvious that the scouting department does their job flawlessly. In a sport where contracts and egos are through the roof, the Giants play as a team day in day out. Without any real superstar, aside from Buster Posey, the team that's not flashy, managed by people who have one goal in mind, have a plan that works year in and year out.

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: Can Ducks have nine lives?

07/24/2015 4:29 AM - Devo

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 coming within the New York Yankees organization. He began his career at 17 with the Yankees Gulf Coast League team and perpetually climbed the ladder, including three separate stints at Triple A. Not really known for his power, Corona has 148 stolen bases in 181 career attempts and has made three All-Star appearances (2006, 2007, 2009) at various levels of play.

2015 was a coming out party for Corona. Yes he's been in the game for many years, but he reinvented himself on the diamond. A career .262 hitter with a .683 OPS, this utility man extraordinaire exceeded those and many more bests with flying colors. His .331 batting average is second in the league to only Lew Ford (.364). His 45 runs scored also ranks third in the league while ranking third in triples (5), fourth in hits (85). And according to the Ducks, he comes in third in the league in OPS (.386) and fifth in slugging (.455).

Still only 28 years old, and putting up the best numbers of his life, there is not telling how far he can go from here. Just as Ducks President/GM stated, Corona has played outstanding baseball and deserves this opportunity.

“Reegie stepped into the second base role right away this season and has played outstanding baseball,” says Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff. “He is certainly deserving of this opportunity, and we wish him the best of luck with the Nationals organization.”

In four games since joining the Nationals Double-A squad, he's batting .429 with three doubles and three RBI.

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

 

Tommy Bahama unveils 2015 MLB All-Star Game attire

07/17/2015 4:59 AM - Devo

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 World Series.

Tommy's insight into what the fans like, and how dedicated baseball fans are, is what makes their MLB collection so special. From their collector's series that features the history of the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants to their showcase of legends Collection Edition bringing back to the life the greatness that was Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, Tommy is every baseball fans dream.

To learn more about Tommy and there baseball collection, visit their website. And for all you baseball lovers out there, check out there All-Star Game on July 14. The best players in the world take the field and will, without a doubt, put on a stellar performance for all of us.

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

You Don’t Need to be the Biggest, Fastest or Strongest – Team Fury Blog

07/17/2015 4:57 AM - Devo

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 coming fighters in the UFC and the world. 

His website: Myles "The Fury" Jury has created a blog where "Team Fury" can prepare an entry to that help others in their self-improvement while having a forum to educate through experience.

My recent entry: You Don’t Need to be the Biggest, Fastest or Strongest – Team Fury Blog is showcased on The Fury's website and focuses on becoming the best person you can be. Whether it's giving it your all on the field or trusting and believing in yourself, I believe my experiences, that are similar to many other others, can help people in their journey to be the best at whatever sport they compete in or profession.

Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoy it.

Devon


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