Huntsville Stars have your tickets to the Gun Show

06/30/2013 7:18 AM - Devo

Baseball Gun Night.jpgYou have to hand it to Minor League Baseball. When they come up for the idea of a promotion-and when it's done properly-everyone will take notice.

Last month, the Florence Freedom of the Independent Frontier League had Manti Te'o Girlfriend Bobblehead Night. They took advantage of the bizarre story involving Notre Dame Heisman candidate Manti Te'o and the alleged Catfish Scam he was involved in. 

Coming July 3, the Huntsville Stars, the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, will be holding 2nd Amendment Night.

The 2nd amendment states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Stars GM Buck Rogers spoke to AL.com and gave his thoughts as to why he is moving forward with such a promotion.

"One of the hot button issues right now is the Second Amendment that everybody's running from. We're not touching base on First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, abortion or any of that type of stuff. A lot of stuff makes people uncomfortable.

"Maybe it's time Americans basically said, 'Hey, what's going on? What's wrong with this? Day in and day out, people's rights are being taken away. The government is spying. We've got phone companies selling our information - the whole nine yards."

The club has verified that it is not actually giving away free guns during the promotion, but those in attendance will have a chance to win one of three guns at Larry's Pistol and Pawn; and those who have NRA membership, gain free admission to the game;

  • Ruger American with a scope

  • Ruger 22-45 MKII

  • Ruger 10-22-TD

With recent news that New England Patriots star Tight End Aaron Hernandez has recently been brought up on Murder chargers concerning an execution style shooting, this promotion might not be the right thing to do at this time.

Rogers continued to say that they are expecting a big crowd that night, somewhere in the area of 8,000-hence bag checks and an increased police presence.

Whether or not a political point of view is necessary in sporting events, everyone is entitled to free speech, but just remember when the London Rippers were getting lambasted for a cartoon logo.

According to FOX Sports, the Stars said the night will be filled with patriotism, fun, food and firepower. Controversy drums up attendance and you can bet the Stars will have a sold out crowd that night.

Yeee-Haw!

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.

 

 

Baltimore Orioles tap into Independent League talent pool

06/28/2013 5:01 AM - Devo

CASEY UPPERMAN.JPGThe Frontier League has reported that the Baltimore Orioles have purchased the contract of the Normal CornBelters No.1 pick Casey Upperman.

According to Baseball Reference, Upperman was originally draft by the Atlanta Braves in the 24th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from Notre Dame Prep and the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 47th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft from Yavapai College.

In 2010 Upperman played for rookie Missoula and low-A Yakima in the Diamondbacks organization. He appeared in 17 games, struck out 23 and walked 19 in 25 innings. Unfortunately, Tommy John surgery derailed his professional career. Two years removed from surgery, and after a short stint playing for the CornBelters, he's back in affiliated ball.

CornBelter's manager Brooks Carey couldn't be any happier for the second opportunity that Upperman is receiving.

“Casey is very deserving of this opportunity,” said CornBelters field manager, Brooks Carey. “It is always satisfying as a manager to be a part of helping a young player get a second chance, which is the case with Upperman.” “The CornBelters organization wish him all the best.”

Upperman immediately impressed at the 2013 Frontier League tryouts. In a report supplied by the league summarizing the draft, Carey's "stuff" made him standout from the other 160 pitchers in attendance.

"He was the best pitcher of the 160 pitchers we saw so we drafted him. He has great stuff and we are very happy to have him joining the Normal CornBelters organization"

In eight appearances this year, he has put up the best numbers of his short career. As a closer for the CornBelters, Upperman appeared in eight games, while saving four of them. He walked eight but struck out 17 which equates to 13.5 Strikeouts Per Nine innings (Statistics courtesy Baseball Reference).

Upperman has already seen action for the Orioles affiliate Delmarva. In two appearances he has surrendered four runs and seven hits in two innings (Statistics courtesy MiLB.com).

No one ever said this game was easy.

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.

 

Welcome the Diamond League to the Independent game

06/24/2013 10:39 PM - Devo

Diamond Pro Baseball.jpgIt was announced last week that the Diamond League of Professional Baseball is the newest league in the Independent game, and it's run by some of the best baseball minds in the game today.

As specified on the league website, the League Officers include Frank Boulton - CEO/Chairman, Michael Pfaff - Executive/COO, Seth Waugh - Senior VP. While the League Advisory Board consists of Joe Klein, Bud Harrelson, Tal Smith, Peter Kirk, Kevin Baez, Tony Rosenthal, Ellie Rodriguez, and Joe Godri.

They join the Atlantic League, American Association, CanAm League, Frontier League and Pecos League as the sixth Independent League in North America.

As a new league in its infancy, no teams have been announced, no coaches, ball park or teams, but the league did send out a press releases discussing its focus and intentions.

Its focus it to make sure those players missed in the shrunken MLB Draft get an opportunity to develop and to get ready for the next level.

"Many college players, first, second and third year professional players are finding themselves undrafted or released with few options to further their baseball careers. The Diamond League of Professional Baseball will focus on the development of these extraordinary athletes".

The league will play a 60 game schedule for a six-team league or an 84 game schedule for an eight-team league. There will also be an age limit of 21 to 26. And, no player with five or more years of professional experience will be eligible to participate.

Without a doubt this is an exciting time in the game. And now with the Atlantic League getting phenomenal recognition, and the baseball community getting a sense of how good these Independent players are, it's not the worst thing in the world to not get drafted, it might be the best thing to happen to you.

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.

Kazmir silences critics, fans seven in win over Twins

06/22/2013 2:10 PM - Devo

Scott Kazmir 39.jpgIn a roller coaster season, Friday night's game again the Minnesota Twins was one of Scott Kazmir's best.

Over his last three starts he's given up 13 runs in 14 innings. In two starts prior he surrendered three runs in 12 innings.

No one said this would be easy, but when the Indians took a flyer on Kazmir and decided to sign him to a minor league contract in January, you had to wonder what kind of performance they expected.

Kazmir has worked harder than anyone to get back to his rightful spot in the blig leauges; he worked out his struggles with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Independent Atlantic League, then went to Puerto Rico for a stint in Winter ball.

A solid spring training eaned him a spot on the Indians roster. The rest, as they say, is history.

Fast-forward to Friday, and the pressure on Kazmir was more than likely at a season high. With a rough stretch over his past three outings, he really did have to come out with a stellar performance.

Against the Twins, Kazmir had agruably his best performance of the season.

Pitching at home in front of over 26,000 people, he went seven strong innings, gave up five hits, one earned run and struck out seven. And, he didn't walk a batter.

Throughout the game, Kazmir was consistently pitching in the low 90's and topping out at 94 mph according MLB Gameday. That's only an added bonus for someone who struggled with velocity over the past couple years, combined with improved control, Kazmir can only continue to improve as he gets stronger as the season goes on.

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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