Scott Kazmir holds Milwaukee Brewers scoreless in first spring outing

02/26/2013 5:44 AM - Devo

Scott Kazmir 30.jpgStops in Sugar Land Texas and Puerto culminated in a minor league deal with the resurgent Cleveland Indians. 

It wasn’t long ago that Scott Kazmir was all but written off from the baseball world. Thankfully the first-year independent Sugar Land Skeeters thought enough to give him an opportunity when no one else would. 

At 29 years old Kazmir still has lots of career left and being left-handed he has many options available. Even if a role as starter does not pan out, he can be the first lefty out of the pen, a middle-relief guy or even a LOOGY (or Lefty One-Out GuY). Regardless, with the work he’s put in over the past year he’s finally getting his due. 

Even before his appearance on Sunday, Terry Francona had nothing but good things to say about Kazmir via Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer; 

"He's looked so good it's scary," said Francona. "I wish we could bottle it right now for the season." 

On Sunday, Kazmir pitched two scoreless innings, gave up one hit and struck out one. Overall he faced seven batters, induced two groundball outs and in nine totals pitches threw nine strikes (courtesy of MLB.com).

It’s only one appearance and it’s spring training but every time Kazmir toes the rubber it’s a small victory.

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.

 

Jose Canseco will play Texas Winter baseball

02/21/2013 3:47 PM - Devo

Jose Canseco 7.jpgYou have to give the guy credit: He wants to play baseball!

A few months back, Jose Canseco was under contract with the Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League, and then left the team to join the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings of the North American League.  That deal never came to fruition, but he’s back in Texas and he’s ready to play.

The Valley Morning Star reported that Canseco will be in town this weekend to play in some Texas Winter League games.

The Texas Winter League, which was an affiliation of the now defunct North American Baseball League, looks for players who are interested in improving their skills under the tutelage of experienced managers and coaches. And according the to the TWL website, they have confirmed that representatives of the Baltimore Orioles, Arizona Diamondbacks and Miami Marlins will be in attendance.

Canseco, who was quoted in the Morning Star, is looking forward to some batting practice, where he’ll no doubt put on one hell of a show, and will be looking for a deal, whether it’s playing or managing.

“I’m looking forward to playing again,” Canseco said. “I want to play again, see the town, see the city. … We’ll be taking (batting practice), I’ll be bringing my bat, launching some balls.”

“(A deal’s) out there, it most likely will be offered to me,” Canseco said. “I will definitely consider playing there or other opportunities out there, playing or managing.”

If anyone is near Harlingen Field in Harlingen, Texas, definitely check this out.

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.

Edmonton Capitals are champions without a home

02/17/2013 9:56 AM - Devo

edmonton-capitals2.jpgTwo years ago the Edmonton Capitals were crowned the champions of the North American Baseball League. Now they will have gone two years without taking the field and defending their championship. 

The Edmonton Journal spoke to Capitals vice-president Darryl Porter who does not sound too optimistic about future options; 

“What we’ve been doing and what I’ve been doing personally is looking for the best league to play in,” Capitals vice-president Darryl Porter said recently. “It’s difficult. No matter what we do and what we look at, we’re an outpost.” 

And of course since the NAL has folded its operations, a completely new league will have to take a chance on the club. 

I have recently been having some rather interesting twitter discussions asking the question; Why is Independent Baseball in Canada not more successful than it is? I say this because they are so many past failures, it does make you wonder why. 

The Independent Leagues are a fickle business where success on the field does not necessarily mean money in your pocket. Metro News reported that the team is looking to secure a long-term lease with the city for the use of Telus Field, however the Edmonton Prospects of the Western Major Baseball League are said have secured the field for some games this summer. 

It’s obvious the Capitals are looking for a financially suitable solution and a league that has sustainability. How long that will take is unknown at this 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.

 

Bridgeport Bluefish to hold open tryout

02/14/2013 5:54 AM - Devo

Bridgeport Bluefish.jpgThe opportunity is there for the taking. 

The Bridgeport Bluefish of the Independent Atlantic League will be holding an open tryout on April 6 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Included in the tryout is a full on field scrimmage. 

As with any tryout, the odds are very low that any superstars will be located, however, there is always the chance that talent that has been overlooked will be spotted and given that one opportunity to prove themselves worthy. 

In the Bluefish press release, Bridgeport general manager Ken Shepard, is hopeful the cream will rise to the top; 

“This is a great opportunity for a player to come to the ballpark and show off his skills in hopes to play at this level,” said Bluefish general manager Ken Shepard. “We’re looking forward to hopefully finding players from the tryout to invite to spring training and join our roster.” 

Details of the tryout are as follows; 

-Warmups
-60 yard dash
-Pop Time (Catchers)
-Infielders/Outfielders – Defensive Drills
-Pitcher Warmup
-Position Players Hit in Cage, Pitchers light bullpen (pre-scrimage)
-Scrimmages begin at 1:00 pm

For those looking for more information please contact “Paul Herrmann at (203) 416-1715 or pherrmann@bridgeportbluefish.com. You may also CLICK HERE to download the registration form.” 

If you have been following the Independent League signings this offseason you are fully aware that anything is possible. 

Best of luck to tall those who attend!

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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