Edmonton Capitals withdraw from 2012 NAL season
02/28/2012 6:02 AM - Devo
The Independent Leagues are a very different animal when it comes to the game of baseball.
It’s completely separate, independently owned and plays by its own rules. That is what makes it so special, but, at the same time so frustrating.
The North American Baseball League is entering year two of its plan to become the most prolific Independent League in North America, but with it, comes setbacks and disappointment.
The Edmonton Capitals; reigning NAL champions, are suspending play for the 2012 seasons, much to the dismay of everyone involved.
Team Governor Peter LaForge, as quoted in the Calgary Herald, doesn’t completely rule out a return.
“It is a tough decision," LaForge said. "We suspended the team for one year and we're working on finding a proper situation. It could include the NAL but it doesn't have to, under these circumstances."
With over 125,000 fans attending Capitals games this past year, you would think things would be on the up and up except, financial issues have struck many teams including the Rio Grande Valley Whitewings, who played the entire championship series in Edmonton. Many other teams struggled for various reasons last season, and with only four teams registered to play in the Northern Division, the perception of the league could take a hit.
Rexall Sports and Entertainment (RSE) who owns the Capitals along with the Oilers and Oil Kings, has apparently wanted to switch leagues for some time now. Whether that is true, Edmonton is really taking a risk by cancelling their season. As the league leader in attendance there is an obvious market and high interest for the game, though there is always the possibility that fan support will slide if nothing is secured for 2013.
For now it’s back to the drawing board and an opportunity for management to solidify themselves a spot for next year. Until then, let’s remember the Capitals for what they are; Champions.
Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective
Tampa Bay Rays according to TMZ
02/24/2012 6:51 AM - Devo
Either it’s a slow winter for news or Playmates and pregnancies are the biggest stories in sports.
Is it really news when we know that Evan Longoria is dating Playboy model Jaime Edmondson and Longoria’s Ray teammate Reid Brignac is also dating a Playboy Playmate; Lauren Anderson? But here’s the kicker, Brignac’s girlfriend is pregnant.
Perhaps Brignac wanted to overshadow Longoria in the news department or take away from the fact that 2011 was a down year for him. Of course I’m being facetious.
At all hours of the day we get notified through our BlackBerry, iPhone, ESPN, and every other type of media provider possible of any type of breaking news. But is reading about MLB superstars and their pregnant supermodels relevant.
It's possible baseball and Playboy models go hand in hand and this type of story is reported on because its human nature?
Is it even conceivable to separate sports, media or entertainment these days? Maybe I’m guilty of going overboard for even talking about it. Should sports and this type of celebrity gossip/entertainment be left alone? Hollywood thrives on this type information-when does it go too far?
I know these open-ended questions are unanswerable and any news is good news these days; however in this type of media driven world, we should just leave things alone, right? We should have respect for others and their privacy.
And what about upper management's point of view.
Prospect Tournament set to showcase Independents elite
02/20/2012 7:03 AM - Devo
From February 24 – March 4, St. Petersburg Florida will be host to a unique opportunity for the best prospects Independent baseball has to offer.
This four-team 10-game schedule will showcase nearly 80 players from the big four; American Association, Can-Am League, Frontier League and North American League. This whole event will be scouted by nearly all 30 MLB teams, and they will have the opportunity to sign these prospects if the opportunity arises.
Courtesy of Independent Baseball Chatter, and Bob Wirz, find below a list of the players participating:
For more information on the Prospect Tournament, visit the St. Petersburg Baseball Commission for dates, times and other pertinent information. And if you are any type of baseball fan, take in a game or two! Admission is only $5.00 per game or $60.00 for all 17 contests.
Enjoy the weather, and enjoy the entertainment, because you never know when the next “Unknown” could make his mark.
Heres your chance to become a professional: NAL to hold Second Annual All-Independent League tryout
02/16/2012 12:54 PM - Devo
Last May I wrote about their first event, and it is a real pleasure to report that on April 22, the North American Baseball League will hold its Second Annual All-Independent League tryout.
It’s hard to believe that the NAL is ready to begin its second season as North America’s “largest professional independent baseball league worldwide”. With that comes the opportunity to add to a growing list of budding hopefuls with this second annual gathering.
The talent is indeed present; three players were ranked by Baseball America in their list of the top-ten independent players in the game today, and with the success of last years tryout (22 players signed professional contracts), this year’s version will more than likely have the same or even better results.
It is estimated that over 400 hopefuls will be in Pasadena California on April 22, and with representatives from every U.S. Independent team in attendance, and “with the Japanese independent leagues, the Mexican minor leagues, and European leagues present, you are almost guaranteed that a scout will see you that day.
In addition “all MLB teams and the Major League Scouting Bureau have also been provided credentials”.
If you are on the verge, or think you have the talent to give this one more shot, why not at least attempt to participate? Look at the list of names that have come from playing Indy baseball;
These are all players who had to, one way or another, take the Indy route to reach their goals; myself included.
I went undrafted and had to attend an Independent League tryout in O’Fallon Missouri. And on that day, I caught the eye of the right people who gave me an opportunity and signed me to a professional contract on the spot.
That is what these tryouts are all about; an opportunity and the chance to be seen. Kudos to the NAL for all the work they are doing to ensure this league continues to flourish.
18% of anything is a small percentage, but in this game, this means that talent is still slipping through the cracks and you would be crazy not to make an appearance.More details of the location will be released on the NAL website at a later date. For those interested please click here for more information.