Rockland Boulders offer Odell Beckham Jr. Indy contract

07/01/2015 1:43 PM - Devo

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 is the fact he now has an offer to play professional baseball for the Rockland Boulders of the Independent Can-Am League.

There is absolutely no doubt that he's got talent. He's a gifted athlete on the football field and probably could lace up the spikes and perform admirably on the field. Most professional athletes are so good at what they do, that despite being a professional in one, could jump in to another sport and let their talent take them further than most could think.

Rockland Boulders pitching coach, Bobby Jones, who has spent his share of time in the professional game shared his thoughts about Beckham and his talents.

“We were very impressed with Odell’s mechanics in the video,” said Bobby Jones, Boulders Pitching Coach. “He’s shown his ability to catch a ball on the gridiron and after seeing his prowess on the mound, I am optimistic that he has the tools to develop into a quality pitcher”   said Jones, who played in Major League Baseball with the Mets, Red Sox, Padres and Rockies.

We all know that Beckham is going nowhere near a baseball field, but the hype and the thought of it gets us all excited. Is he the next Deion Sanders? You never know!

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: Former Ranger signs with Bluefish

06/21/2015 11:35 AM - Devo

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 leagues,” says Bluefish Manager Ricky VanAsselberg. “He’s going to be a great weapon to add to our starting rotation this season.”

Loe, originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 20th round of the 2002 amateur draft, has over nine years and 322 games under his belt. With 34 career wins and a respectable 4.49 ERA, the numbers don't suggest it, but Loe was a very serviceable reliever during his career. He began as a starter but was permanently moved to the bullpen after joining the Milwaukee Brewers for the 2010 season.

In his three years with the Brewers, he was a regular out of the bullpen appearing in 70 games in consecutive seasons. In his last MLB season he split time between three teams (Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves), compiling a 7.09 ERA in 26 innings.

Before signing with the Bluefish, Loe's 2014 season was spent everywhere. From the Pacific Coast League to the International League, even the Dominican Winter League, Loe did the best he could, but couldn't match the numbers from earlier in his career. He was granted free agency in November of 2014.

At only 33 years of age, Loe is nowhere the end of the line. He's been in the game a long time and has done too much to not make an impact. Given the success of ex-MLB'ers and their use of independent baseball to springboard themselves back into the view of scouts, Loe could return to the big leagues in no time.

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

 

Myles Jury exudes the essential talents of every great leader

06/16/2015 9:06 PM - Devo

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 someone who has those qualities it's always a good idea to learn from them and watch how they treat others. Fortunately for me I've had the ability to work with a highly motivated athlete; Myles "Fury" Jury, the #8 ranked lightweight fighter in the UFC.

Jury was on top of the world when he faced Donald “Cowboy’ Cerrone at the UFC’s big New Year’s PPV event. The outcome, a unanimous decision victory for Cerrone, was not what Jury wanted, but he owned up to it, which is something not many people would do.

"Learning from mistakes and failures is what truly makes us who we are and brings out the best in us. I've begun the process to bringing out the best.....

Step #1 - Acknowledging what all I did wrong, what I should have done and taking 100% responsibility.

This isn't fun and is quite humbling. At the same time, I needed something to light a fire under my ass to stop worrying about being perfect. I'm ready to bite down and get after it like never before! You have to take BIG RISKS TO GET BIG REWARDS and that's exactly what I will do...."

Since January, Myles has been improving in all aspects of his craft and letting people know how he's doing it. The first and most unexpected way is by giving people first hand knowledge of his life, thoughts, and training on his website. On a regular basis the site will produce entries from Jury himself, or coaches, trainers, and motivators. These original takes on life and how to reach your goals are fascinating reads from different perspectives. From what to eat, how to train, and who has helped along the way, it’s a blueprint for anyone wanting to learn, grow and become a better person or athlete.

A true sign of a leader is to take a negative event in his or her life and turn it into a positive. Jury, a veteran of 16 professional mixed martial arts fights sports a 15-1 record, seven coming by way of knockout and five by submission. He didn’t waste anytime getting back in the saddle after his first loss. Jury was scheduled to fight former Lightweight champion, Anthony “Showtime" Pettis at UFC Fight Night in Chicago on July 25. Pettis is not just any fighter. He's one of the best in the world. He was the lightweight champion until losing his belt to Rafael dos Anjos. Among his many highlight reel fights (Benson Henderson), he was the first UFC fighter to be featured on a Wheaties box. Pettis is one of the top 10 fighters in the world and Jury was facing him next. How many others would take on such a task right away? Jury would. Jury was scheduled to take on the elite until Pettis went down with an injury. Taking his place was Edson Barboza, a formidable foe willing to step in. Come July 25, Jury’s fight is no longer after he recently had to withdraw to an injury.

Myles Jury is more than just a fighter. He’s a leader, a motivator, and a role model. Being fortunate enough to work with Jury over the past year, he’s as advertised: A self-motivated and extremely hardworking individual who never settles for second best. He's surrounded himself with a dynamic team, one with a winning mindset. 

Those who are familiar with my writing and background know that baseball shaped me in to the person I am today. The game taught me many things, predominantly teamwork and leadership. Jury, who grew up in a tough environment, began training in MMA as a way to learn hand-to-hand combat. It was a cool idea at the time. As Jury got older, he realized that MMA was a passion. It gave him confidence and the belief that he could be the best in the world at one time. With confidence comes the ability to work well with others and prepares you for anything. Whether its baseball or MMA the mentality is the same.

A loss and an injury could be the be-all end-all for some, but not Jury. This will be another chapter in the story of a young fighter on the verge of breaking through. The possibilities are endless. He's faced adversity before when he tore his ACL on the Ultimate Fighter 13 and returned after a year of rehab to earn a spot in the house on TUF 15. He also understands that it's not just about winning, its staying the course and keeping your eye on the prize.

"Leadership is a very important aspect in life. With it you are able to blaze a path towards success. With out leadership you will never see the long term vision thus never staying the course towards success."

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: Dreams fulfilled and legends made

06/04/2015 12:14 PM - Devo

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 up stellar numbers. In 51 games he hit .330, drove in 27 and hit three home runs.

Luis Alen becomes all-time Goldeyes hits leader

Luis Alen has been playing baseball for a long long time, 13 professional seasons to be exact. On June 2, the Winnipeg Goldeyes honored Alen after he collected his 632nd hit with the franchise, now a new team record, breaking Max Poulin's previous best. When you look at this from a distance 632 independent league hits will never make any highlight reel and ESPN will never lead off a show with it, but as an athlete at any level, one must realize how significant this is in the overall grand scheme of things. Yes, Alen never made a major league roster, but he did everything he could to get there. Alen made it to Triple A with the New York Mets, has over 2,700 professional at-bats while still accomplishing something that not many other players have. Alen is a .293 lifetime hitter (.312 in Indy ball) and hasn't hit lower than .289 since 2009. There's no telling what the future holds. Kudos to Luis Alen, you're in the records books. No one can ever take that away from you.

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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