Devon's Development Insider

08/30/2010 10:09 PM - Devo
TeepleDelivers.jpg.w300h328.jpgWith all the noise lately about Stephen Strasburg, inverted W's, and mechanics, it made me start to think about my life in baseball as a player and a coach.

Therefore, this post will be a little different, a little more on the development side, called Devon's Development Insider.

I really hope that any parents or readers email me after reading this.

The cream of the crop will no doubt rise to the top, and undoubtedly attend top NCAA DI schools. 

What about the rest of the players out there, the one's scouts miss, scouts ignore or the talent that falls through the cracks?

I do not claim I was a prized prospect when trying to land that scholarship in the midst of my senior year of high school (1996-1997).  I do however suggest that I had talent but was naive on how to market myself.  I was unaware of how big the university and college baseball world was.

What I did have was a superior support system around me that made all the long hours, and hard work worth it.

When I say hard work that is exactly what I mean.

Being raised in a hockey-obsessed nation, I was well aware that the deck was stacked against me.  I also knew that at 5'10, and at the time 150 pounds, I had to show the brass I had the ability and had the skill to be a good or great college player.

What I did know was that the dream of being a Florida Gator was slim; the chance to play big-time baseball at the "U" or Arizona was exactly that, a dream.

I had to play to my strengths, and adapt to a game that over 100 years looks the same, but is very different, even from the 90's to 00's to 10's.

Marketing myself was something I knew very little of, so when in doubt, create a promotional video.  Now that all the big schools are crossed of the list, where does a small-town Canadian go to play baseball in the States?

You create a plan, an area of where you want to play, where you can afford to play, and where you have the ability to play.

I can talk about this for days, so I will stop at that for now until next time.

For the next little bit, I will address Strasburg and a rash of arm injuries that are affecting many young pitchers.

I can understand both sides of the story, Strasburg is a phenom and for the amount of money he is getting paid ($15 million over 4 years), he cannot sit in Syracuse for a whole season striking out everyone.

On the other hand, he has not faced the rigors of a full season in the pros and peaked at 109 innings in his senior season at San Diego State.  What does strike me as odd is that he has thrown only 123 innings this season before a torn ligament shut him down for the season.

Are players being rushed? Maybe, maybe not? 

What about the mechanics issue?

Mark Prior was said to have the best mechanics that Tom House (Guru) had ever seen. 

Prior pitched 138 innings in his last year at USC (2001), followed by 166 in 02', 211 in 03' then an insurmountable amount of injuries forcing him to an early exit

On the other end of the spectrum, Chris Carpenter had Tommy John Surgery ten years after his big league debut.

Evidence already suggests that pitchers will be watched closer than ever; Brandon Morrow is being shut down for the season after his next start against the Yankees on September 3.  His 143 innings pitched more than doubles his high of 69 in 2009.

The game is more of a business than ever, does that mean shutting down your stars early and does that mean preparing for next season a little earlier than usual?

On that note, feel free, parents, coaches, and prospects to email me at devon@thegmsperspective.com with your comments or questions. 

Let me know your thoughts on the game, insight on college, or any advice on a player's development.

Devon Teeple is an author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of  Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey.   Devon is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network.  He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Devon is available for hire or freelance opportunities.

Devon is a former student within Sports Management Worldwide’s Baseball General Manager Class. Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective and is an intern with The Football Outsiders and contributor with the Plymouth River Eels.

Currently, Devon is a Branch Manager at a financial institution in Southern Ontario Canada.  He can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com , thegmsperspective@yahoo.com or devon@businessofsportsnetwork.com


Move over Crash Davis, here comes Charlie Lisk

08/28/2010 10:55 AM - Devo
The undisputed home run king Crash Davis! has some company.

For real, Crash may be a character in Bull Durham, one of the all-time great baseball movies, but Charlie Lisk of the Frontier League has set a record himself.

On Thursday night, Lisk rewrote the Frontier League record books by hitting his 87th Frontier League home run.

That homer pushed him past Morgan Burkhart for number one on the list, and let me say that is something to be very proud of.

Burkhart, who previously sat atop the home run leader board with 86, spent three years in "the show" (Crash Davis' favorite saying), compiling five home runs in 42 games.

That may not seem like much to the average reader, but those three seasons were due to a lifetime of hard work sacrifice and dedication.  In my eyes, very commendable.

In my experience, I spent over 20 years honing my craft, attempting to go where my heroes were, and if you have been following my readings, I did not get where I wanted to be, but I gave it my best shot.

On the other hand, Lisk has been playing this game for a long time; 96 home runs, in nine professional seasons, 346 RBI, and almost 600 games played.

Lisk, over the past two seasons has mashed 53 long flies and appears to be hitting his "power" peak at 27 years of age.  2010 has been more of the same with 19 homers and 78 RBI and is on pace for a career high in average.

I commend Fisk on his perseverance and drive.  Those traits might get him his shot, and in my opinion, why not?  Everyone deserves his opportunity in the show, even if it was as brief as "the" Crash Davis.

Devon Teeple is an author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of  Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey.   Devon is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network.  He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Devon is available for hire or freelance opportunities.

Devon is a former student within Sports Management Worldwide’s Baseball General Manager Class. Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective and is an intern with The Football Outsiders and contributor with the Plymouth River Eels.

Currently, Devon is a Branch Manager at a financial institution in Southern Ontario Canada.  He can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com , thegmsperspective@yahoo.com or devon@businessofsportsnetwork.com


A Spaceman returns to planet Earth

08/23/2010 9:52 PM - Devo
Bill Lee.jpegI don't think I can say this many more times, but the Independent Leagues are a source of great baseball, and entertainment.

In previous months we have seen a female knuckleballer sign with the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League.  Mark Prior, former first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs is now an Orange County Flyer in the same GBL, and just recently, steroid guru, Jose Canseco signed with the Laredo Broncos of United League Baseball. 

You ask, can it can get any better?

It can and it did!

The Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League has signed an astronaut...sort of!

The Spaceman Bill Lee, according to the telegram.com, has signed with the Brockton Rox to pitch in their season finale against the Worcester Tornadoes.

Lee has caused some controversy recently with his comments about George Steinbrenner;

""As far as Steinbrenner's passing? Good," Lee said. "Trust me, if hell freezes over, he'll be skating. ... He may have been good for the Yankees organization, but he was definitely a thorn in my side. ... He said I was an incompetent and I was bad for the game of baseball. Well, I'm not a convicted felon like George Steinbrenner, and he'll take that to his grave. ... I have no sadness. I'm Irish, I'm Catholic, and when you're gone, you're gone."

For those of you that remember Lee in his heyday of the 70's, Lee was a good as they come.

Three consecutive 17 wins seasons while with the Boston Red Sox and nearly 2,000 innings pitched.  Combine that with 119 career wins and a memorable 1975-playoff appearance, Lee's numbers are very very impressive.

However, Lee might be most remembered for his off-the-wall comments, his eccentric behaviour, or maybe the ""Leephus".  When it comes down to it, it will be a great day to see Lee back on the hil.

"An event" in my eyes, is what makes this game great.  Despite all the nonsense about steroids, congress, HGH and now, leaked documents, baseball is a game to be enjoyed in small towns, with family and for the pure joy of playing it.

Devon Teeple is an author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of  Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey.   Devon is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network.  He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Devon is available for hire or freelance opportunities.

Devon is a former student within Sports Management Worldwide’s Baseball General Manager Class. Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective and is an intern with The Football Outsiders and contributor with the Plymouth River Eels.

Currently, Devon is a Branch Manager at a financial institution in Southern Ontario Canada.  He can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com , thegmsperspective@yahoo.com or devon@businessofsportsnetwork.com

A New Group Resurrects The Yuma Scorpions

08/21/2010 12:46 PM - Devo
Yuma Scorpions.jpgThe 2010 season has been a roller coaster for the Yuma Scorpions.

For a club that was well on their way to a playoff birth, that idea has all but dissolved after a horrendous second half due in large part to negligent ownership.

The Scorpion’s first half could not have gone any better.

Second place, only by percentage points behind the newest franchise in the GBL, Maui Na Koa Ikaika. Despite all the good news, a dark cloud was looming on the horizon.

Scorpions management; Golden Gloves Professional Baseball, its US subsidiary, who ran the baseball operations, was in fact running the club into a corner, a corner that it could not back itself out of.

Trades before the All-Star break were all completed for cash considerations, something that league CEO David Kaval said would never happened had the League controlled the team.

If things could not get bad enough, during a recent road trip to Edmonton to play against the Capitals, the Edmonton Journal reported that the Capitals were paying the Scorpions hotel bill.

With the second-half nearly completed, the Scorpions are a former shell of themselves.

A 10-21 record has dropped them miles away from playoff contention, and an 11-game losing streak has all but destroyed the confidence of the players on the field.

However, a new frontier is on the horizon led by local businessman, Jim McDermott, who owns an aviation company, aptly named "Let's Fly”.

Specifically, McDermott has an option to becoming a majority owner next season;

According to the Golden Baseball League website  McDermott, "purchased a minority ownership stake in the team with an option of buying a controlling interest prior to next season. This action will give the team the necessary support needed to recover from the abandonment of the affiliation deal and lack of fulfillment of financial obligations by Golden Glove Professional Baseball and the Venezuelan Baseball Federation earlier this summer that had responsibility for the baseball operations of the club this season".

New ownership has directly help the Scorpion franchise, that was headed for a unknown destination.
Indirectly, the new stake in the team will drive support not only to the Scorpions but also the city of Yuma.

The Arizona Summer and Winter leagues were run by former owners GGPB (President Ricky Smith, and co-owner wife Romy Acevedo Smith). Consistency and support will now allow Diamond Sports & Entertainment (Former interim Yuma Scorpion owners), to pledge their full support to the city of Yuma, thus negating their relocation plans.

What does this all mean?

A stable franchise, a commitment to excellence from the GBL head officers, as well as a $6 million dollar boost in the economy from the continued support of Diamond Sports & Entertainment.

Devon Teeple is an author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of  Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey.   Devon is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network.  He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Devon is available for hire or freelance opportunities.

Devon is a former student within Sports Management Worldwide’s Baseball General Manager Class. Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective and is an intern with The Football Outsiders and contributor with the Plymouth River Eels.

Currently, Devon is a Branch Manager at a financial institution in Southern Ontario Canada.  He can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com , thegmsperspective@yahoo.com or devon@businessofsportsnetwork.com

 
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