The LeBron James of baseball finally arrives

09/27/2010 11:39 PM - Devo
Bryce Harper 2.jpgNow that baseball's version of Lebron James has signed his $10 million dollar deal,  the waiting game is officially over.

Late last week Bryce Harper: SI cover boy, made his debut in the Instructional League.

There is not much that can be said that already hasn't.

Harper is a phenom for now, and only time will tell if this new version of the "next big thing" can live up to all the hype.  

Why all the fuss? How about the home run display that he put on at Tropicana Field launching home runs over 500 ft., or a .448 avg, 31 big flies, and 98 RBI while attending College of Southern Nevada this past season.

Those you that have been following Harper, or the game itself, have seen or heard these stories numerous times.  Unfortunately, sports fans love these types of scenarios.

The pressure has been on Harper since before he was a teenager and all through High School, where he hit .626 with 14 homers and 55 RBIs in his sophomore year. 

With all of that said, how did Harper do in his professional debut?  Obviously, he went 4-4 with four long balls...not quite. Harper went a pedestrian zero for two, which is probably not the worst thing that can happen.

Harper has been accustomed to success his whole life, yet baseball is game where failure is commonplace.

If Harper can deal with the scrutiny, the press, and the unbelievable demand for perfection, this 17 year old should be just fine!

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

Joliet Jackhammers have dug themselves quite a hole

09/23/2010 11:39 PM - Devo
Despite being one of four teams over .500, and drawing over 160,000 fans, 2010 was a dismal year for the Joliet Jackhammers.

Their inaugural season (2002) saw crowds reach 4,500, yet success on the field could not sustain the excitement. 

Three consecutive seasons of declining attendance, and according to ABC7 news, unsuccessful promotions, low-ticket sales, and the loss of sponsorships, have contributed to mounting debt that can lead to the club's unfortunate demise.

Owner Peter Ferro Jr. recently faced city council, a city council that is not too pleased with "poor management, a bad economy" and $200,000 in unpaid rent.

On one hand, you can blame the economy, but on the other, management has to step up and take this for what it is worth.

Ferro has apparently lost over $1.6 million in the past two seasons, added with another $800,000 that he claims was added out of his own pocket.  This courtesy again of ABC7 news.

Rebounding from these struggles will be difficult. 

Joliet has only made the playoffs twice in nine years;  2002 and 2010.  The late season push to the championship was derailed with a three-run homer, via the Kansas City T-Bones.

With the way things are looking, you can only hope that next year ends in a championship. 

However, there is a problem until then.  What will happen to the team?  Is it destined for new management?  Will the team relocate?

Rumours are rampant that the club is gone, but the city's baseball committee hopes the team will stay.

All the best to the Jackhammers in this, an obvious rebuilding project.  The last thing we all need is another casualty of the Indy leagues.

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

Toronto Blue Jays have made it official: Let us welcome the Vancouver Canadians into the mix

09/18/2010 12:53 PM - Devo
Vancouver Canadians.jpgEarly Friday morning The GM's Perspective reported that the Vancouver Canadians were set to become the newest member of the Toronto Blue Jays family.

I mentioned to a friend in an email, this new partnership between the Canadians and Jays brings together two hotbeds of baseball and situates them under one umbrella.

Those exact sentiments have been expressed in a press release on the Canadians website.

"One of the goals we set out to achieve when we purchased this club was to ensure that baseball fans locally felt like the C's were their team. I think this pairing with the Blue Jays will bring baseball fans closer together from coast-to-coast".

Specifically, the Jays signed a four-year player development deal with the Canadians, a member of the Northwest League (A).  The Canadians on the other hand, will remain a member of the NWL, despite ending an 11-year partnership with the Oakland Athletics.

Many fans do not get excited over deals such as this one.  In today's game, many focus on play-off races, A-Rod gunning for another 30 home run, 100 RBI season, the drama inside the St. Louis Cardinal clubhouse, or where Joe Torre will end up next season.

For those interested in the particulars and the reality of this collaboration, let's take a moment to talk about some newsworthy Canadians info.

  • Nat Bailey Stadium has housed the Canadians for nearly 60 years (2011 will mark the Big 60!)
  • 154,592 fans in 2010
  • 2nd consecutive season that they have established a new attendance mark
  • Triple-A World Series Champions (1999)
  • West Division Pennant (2004/2005)
  • Second-Half, West Division Champion (2010)

The 2011 season will be and extremely important one for the Canadians: New ownership, new expectations, and more fans. 

Is there any doubt that this new journey will be a success? None whatsoever!

There were mumblings from critics and so-called experts that the Jays might touch 65 wins this year.  Despite a recent 10-game stretch (3-7), the Jays have exceeded all expectations, and are poised to make 2011 even better.

How does this help the Canadians? The Jays are a first-class organization that has bred champions.

A tireless off-season, dedicated employees and an excitement that one rarely finds, can only point to an upcoming 2011 that will have fans from coast-to-coast cheering till their heart's content.

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

Vancouver Canadians are set to join the Toronto Blue Jay family

09/16/2010 11:16 PM - Devo
Vancouver Canadians.jpgIt's not everyday a new affiliate comes to town, sort of.

According to News1130, the Vancouver Canadians have negotiated a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays to become their newest affiliate.

Unfortunately, details are scarce at this point, but the announcement is set for Friday September 17, 2010.

It was also announced Thursday that the Jays affiliate, Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League would no longer be affiliated with the club it has been associated with for the past 10 seasons.

The National Post also reports, Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos, will announce their Triple-A plans "in the next day or so". 

Why?  The Player Development contract with Las Vegas expired at the end of the regular season.

When thinking about the newest addition to the Jays' family, what does Vancouver's pairing with the Jays mean for baseball in Canada? In essence, everything.

For a country booming with Canadian's littered all over the MLB, this can only solidify Canada's place in the game.

Until recently, the Jays have exceeded all expectations.  A recent string of losses has brought them back to .500, yet, a rotation of young guns, and a line-up loaded with home run potential has brought excitement back to a city that has yearned for a winner for almost a decade.

The Canadian hold on the game game is now coast-to-coast, and can only get bigger.

When more details get released, The GM's Perspective will have them here for you.

Stay tuned.

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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