Devon’s Development Insider #5 – NAIA using social media to expand brand

05/30/2011 4:40 AM - Devo

TeepleDelivers.jpg.w300h328.jpgThe NAIA, to many, doesn’t have the same ring as the NCAA, but when it comes down to it, the majority of us are not top tier calibre talent, weren’t recruited by the Florida’s Kentucky’s or Notre Dame’s of the world. Although we have talent, we may not be what a lot of Division 1 schools are looking for. 

The NAIA is another alternative for those looking to play collegiate sports. Of course there are those who will think it’s a step down and you can’t get noticed by scouts or whatnot. 

That is not the case. 

Take a look at the associations demographic highlights. (Courtesy of the NAIA website) 

  • Nearly 300 member colleges and universities 
  • 23 national championships 
  • 900,000 students 
  • 70 year history of innovation with colleges 
  • Approximately 5,000,000 alumni around the world 
  • First to include black colleges and students in championships 
  • First to include women in national championships 
  • First to develop system-wide character initiative with substantive programming 
  • During the 2007-2008 championship season, over 200,000 people attended NAIA National Championships. 

The NAIA is a gateway to realize your dream. 

If you read a previous “Development Insider” you can gauge by the amount of players drafted, and quality of play, that the NAIA is on par on most levels despite the size of enrolment. 

When is comes down to it, if your goal is to play, the NAIA is the home for you. It was for me, and was one of the best life decisions I have ever made. 

A skinny Canadian going down to York, Nebraska to start the first game of the season is exactly what I accomplished. I highly doubt I would have had that opportunity if I went anywhere else. 

In saying that, if anyone is looking for assistance in choosing the proper school or is looking for someone to evaluate talent send me an email at devon@thegmsperspective.com

Choosing the right school is a major decision; whether its Canadian Universities, Junior College, NAIA or NCAA, one needs to look very closely at their own abilities, realistic expectations, and your future after school is complete has to be factored into the decision. 

I was recently on the NAIA website and was pleasantly surprised to see social media used to its fullest. 

The NAIA “Game on” program “tells the story of the NAIA through a variety of communications tools. The campaign brings together the facts of who the NAIA is, both today and yesterday, and tells the story through our student-athletes.  It’s not just about the history of the NAIA, but about how our students, members and conferences feel about the organization and what makes it unique. There is a confidence present in the stories of our student-athletes and their love of the game. The NAIA helps keep student-athlete dreams alive and within reach.” (Courtesy of the NAIA Marketing Resource Center) 

If you want to become part of something bigger than yourself, something that transcends athletics and strengthens you not only as a player but a person then watch this

 For more information on the NAIA, visit their website here.

Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective

Devon 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.  He is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network.  Devon is a Demand Media Studios writer, featured writer on Examiner.com , member of the Yarbarker Network, contributor to FullCountPitch Magazine and is an Associate member of The Professional Writers Association of Canada.

Devon is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies, and is now an independent scout.

He has continued to further his knowledge by completing
Sports Management Worldwide's Baseball General Manager Class and interning with The Football Outsiders.

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

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Pecos League opens doors. Attendance something to be desired

05/27/2011 4:41 AM - Devo

Pecos League.jpgNine games into the season and the Pecos League is off to a running start. The only problem is is that someone forgot to tell the fans. 

Any new league starting out will face obstacles, with the Pecos League it is no exception. 

Opening day attendance numbers have been released and at a first glance they do not look very promising. 

White Sands 525
Las Cruces 280
Roswell 505
Ruidoso 212
Alpine 914

(Courtesy of the Pecos League

For a league banking on selling a product that claims smaller ballparks will result in more runs scored, this does not bode well for the rest of the season.

 Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective

Devon 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.  He is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network.  Devon is a Demand Media Studios writer, featured writer on Examiner.com , member of the Yarbarker Network, contributor to FullCountPitch Magazine and is an Associate member of The Professional Writers Association of Canada.

Devon is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies, and is now an independent scout.

He has continued to further his knowledge by completing
Sports Management Worldwide's Baseball General Manager Class and interning with The Football Outsiders.

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

You can follow
The GM's Perspective on Twitter and facebook 

 

18 and counting for Donald Brandt of the St. Paul Saints

05/25/2011 4:35 AM - Devo

18.pngDonald Brandt has a very impressive streak that not many may know about. After tonight, Brandt is 18-0 in 19 starts. 

I am not quite sure what the Independent League record is for most consecutive victories without a loss, but Brandt has to be up there on the all-time list. 

Last year with the Na Koa Ikaika Maui of the Golden Baseball League, Brandt put together a season worthy of pitcher of the year; 15-0, 2.58 ERA and 100 strikeouts.  

Now with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association, Brandt is still undefeated and posting better numbers than last year. In three starts with the Saints he is 3-0 in 22 innings, has 11 K’s, allowed 9 hits and now posts and ERA of 0.81. 

Who is this guy? 

Brandt played his college ball at the University of Santa Clara where he compiled a 10-5 record. As with many “tweeners”, the Indy game is an opportunity to continue playing with the hope that a scout, any scout witnesses your talent and signs you to a minor league contract with a Major League club. 

That is exactly what happened with Brandt who caught the eye of the Milwaukee Brewers organization. His tenure was short lived (eight games), but that experience obviously taught him something. Released by the Brewers in March of 2010, Brandt signed with Na Koa Ikaika Maui where he began to fine tune his game and orchestrate one of the best seasons any Indy player has ever put together. 

Only three games into his stint with the Saints, it appears that this 25 year old is only getting better. In a sport dominated by stats, this is one streak definitely worth tracking. 

For those interested in following the streak, check out the St. Paul Saints website here.

Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective

Devon 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.  He is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network.  Devon is a Demand Media Studios writer, featured writer on Examiner.com , member of the Yarbarker Network, contributor to FullCountPitch Magazine and is an Associate member of The Professional Writers Association of Canada.

Devon is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies, and is now an independent scout.

He has continued to further his knowledge by completing
Sports Management Worldwide's Baseball General Manager Class and interning with The Football Outsiders.

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

You can follow
The GM's Perspective on Twitter and facebook 

Joba Chamberlain is providing relief where it matters most

05/22/2011 9:03 AM - Devo

Joba Chamberlain.jpgThe 2011 New York Yankees were seemingly written off by most, including myself, before the season began. We all thought the Rays would be back in the basement with the Orioles. The Red Sox would have already clinched a spot in the playoffs and the Jays and Yankees would battle it out for number two. 

It seems that many of us were wrong…so far. 

The Rays who lost nearly all of their bullpen, star pupil Carl Crawford, workhorse Matt Garza and slugging first baseman Carlos Pena are in a three-way tie with the Yankees and the Sox. The Jays are hanging around in fourth with the Orioles holding down the fort in fifth. 

Considering all the hoopla surrounding Derek Jeter in the off-season, the lack of a true number two starter and aging veterans surrounding the locker room, this year’s version of the Bronx Bombers are doing ok. 

The Yankee bullpen is ranked fourth in the AL with a 3.18 ERA and has allowed a paltry seven home runs in 133 innings. 

Since the reliever-turned-starter experiment failed, Joba Chamberlain hasn’t been the same dominant middle relief guy like he was when he first broke on the scene in 2007, but Chamberlain is slowly but surely becoming someone can who can be relied upon in the late innings. 

Aside from Mariano Rivera closing the ninth, it's been a revolving door of relievers the past few years. 

What used to be Jeff Nelson-to-Ramiro Mendoza-to-Mariano Rivera, has seen the likes of Kyle Farnsworth, Brian Bruney, LaTroy Hawkins, and Jonathan Albaladejo among many others trying to fill that gap to get to Rivera. 

Now David Robertson and Chamberlain are really stepping up to the plate to make sure things move smoothly into the hands of baseball’s best closer. 

In his fifth major league season, it appears Chamberlain has finally embraced his role and the numbers are definitely on his side; 

Through 43 games, Chamberlain is a different pitcher than what we have seen in the past. He can still gas it up into the mid 90’s if he has to, except, does not have to blow hitters away when you hit your spots. 

Not surprising, Chamberlain is hitting a career low in strikeouts per nine innings (7.66) and also a career low in walks per nine innings (1.61). The opposition is batting an unproductive .222 leaving Joba with a WHIP under 1.00 (.99). 

Sometimes it just clicks for some players; “let my defense do the work for me” 

When a pitcher gets groundballs it makes life very easy for everyone involved. If pitches aren’t hit in the air, it doesn’t leave the yard. Case in point, Chamberlain’s ground ball ratio of 62.3 percent, is almost 20 percent higher than in 2010 and his ground ball to fly ball ratio (2.53) is more than double to what is was last year. 

If the Yankees are to be successful they need their former first round pick to lead this team into an era that will eventually lose Rivera. Chamberlain, who was once thought to be the closer of the future, is now the stopper they have been waiting for.

Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective

Devon 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.  He is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network.  Devon is a Demand Media Studios writer, featured writer on Examiner.com , member of the Yarbarker Network, contributor to FullCountPitch Magazine and is an Associate member of The Professional Writers Association of Canada.

Devon is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies, and is now an independent scout.

He has continued to further his knowledge by completing
Sports Management Worldwide's Baseball General Manager Class and interning with The Football Outsiders.

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

You can follow
The GM's Perspective on Twitter and facebook 
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