Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: York Revolution sign ex-Blue Jay Mark Hendrickson

03/31/2014 5:05 AM - Devo

Mark Hendrickson2.jpgWelcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective

10-year MLB veteran Mark Hendrickson has signed with the York Revolution, according to a March 29 article on Blogtoblogchamps.

Hendrickson hasn't had your typical career. He was drafted 31st overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1996 NBA Draft. He played four years, spending time with the 76ers, Sacramento Kings, New Jersey Nets, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Inconsistency in minutes and relentless attention paid to him by professional baseball - he was drafted six times between 1992 and 1997 (Atlanta twice, San Diego, Detroit, Texas, and Toronto), resulted in finally signing with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1998.

In 2002, Hendrickson made his debut with the Jays. He went 3-0 with a sparkling 2.45 ERA in 36 innings. Over the course of the next nine years he never matched that sort of success. Having won 58 games, he also lost 74. A career ERA of 5.03 is what it is. Standing at 6'9", he was never overpowering. He was more of a finesse guy, working the corners and hitting spots to get guys out.

When teams don't want your services, you have to make your own opportunity. That's exactly what he did. With no professional offers of any kind on the table during the 2012 season, Hendrickson went back to the amateur game pitching for York Township in the amateur Susquehanna League. A revamped delivery, which included a lower arm slot, increased deception earning him a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles in 2013. He performed admirably for Triple-A Norfolk going 5-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 67 innings. He was granted free agency in November of last year, but thankfully the indy leagues came calling.

At 39, many players are reaching an age when the game can come to an end. Unless Hendrickson dominates the competition, this might be the final stop in a fascinating sports career, but pitching is always at a premium. If Hendrickson puts together some decent numbers, there's no telling where he could end up.

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.

Tommy Bahama presents Dodger greats

03/29/2014 10:39 PM - Devo

Steve Garvey.jpgTommy Bahama and Major League Baseball continue to strengthen a bond that's been growing over the past several years.

On April 15, at the Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Tommy Bahama presents a new speaker series "The Rundown with Steve Garvey”. Guests will include Los Angeles Dodger greats, Maury Wills and Tommy Davis in a Tribute to Jackie Robinson and Major League Baseball.

The event is intended to benefit the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.), an organization that was founded to assist the “Baseball Family” in need, according to a Tommy Bahama press release. A portion of the proceeds and 10% of all retail sales made in the Tommy Bahama Palm Desert store on April 15, will be donated to B.A.T.

The event will take place on Jackie Robinson day, and these Dodger legends are coming together to honor him: 10-time All-Star, Steve Garvey, three-time World Series champion and stolen base legend, Maury Wills, and two-time National League batting leader, Tommy Davis.

Guest will be able to meet and greet, take pictures and receive a Rawlings baseball autographed by all three. Afterwards, Garvey will be hosting, undoubtedly, one of the best Q&A sessions where they will discuss the game, the upcoming 2014 season, and the great Jackie Robinson.

In what will be a stellar event, this is only the first in a series.  On deck May 15 is one of the greatest catchers of all-time, Hall of Famer Johnny Bench.

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.

Blue Jays sign Shawn Hill away from the York Revolution for second time

03/24/2014 11:30 PM - Devo

ShawnHill3.jpgIn a stunning turn of events, Shawn Hill is no longer a member of the York Revolution.

Within days of signing with York, Hill signed a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to CBS Sports and MLive.com late Monday evening. This marks the second time they've lost Hill to the Jays.

As far as I can tell, no details on the deal have been mentioned. In all likelihood, Hill will begin the season at Triple-A Buffalo, and if he doesn't make the team, he might end up back with the Revolution. We will continue to keep you updated on Hill's progress throughout the year.

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Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Canadian Shawn Hill returns to the Revolution

03/24/2014 5:14 AM - Devo

Shawn Hill2.jpgWelcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective

Mississauga, Ontario native Shawn Hill is heading back to the independent York Revolution, according to the York Daily Record.

Originally drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 6th round of the 2000 Amateur draft, Hill was never considered a power pitcher. He's always had to rely on control to be successful. With a career .548 winning percentage in the minor leagues, it's pretty middle of the road, but his 1.27 WHIP is very good. He averages 5.5 strikeouts per nine innings and rarely walks anyone when he takes the mound (2.2 BB/9).

It's not that often that we see a Canadian born player play for both Canadian teams. Hill spent the first eight years of his career with the Expos/Washington Nationals. He also spent two years in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. During that time Hill did get his shot in the "Show". He's appeared at the Major League level in parts of seven seasons, winning 10 games and losing 18. His strikeouts and walks per nine innings are very similar to his minor league numbers (5.6/2.8), but spot starting at points during the year never really give him a realistic shot at making the starting rotation.

For what it is, Hill has been exactly as advertised. He's a guy that will give 5 emergency innings and pitch good enough to keep your team in the ball game. He spent all of last year with the Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. In 26 games, Hill won four and lost 10 while posting a 5.51 ERA. He was granted free agency this past November.

During Hill's first stint with the Revolution, Hill was dominant in every sense of the word. In a five-start streak for the ages, Hill threw 27.2 scoreless innings, (a Revolution record) and went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his final five starts (2.43 overall). That vaulted Hilll back in the mix and scouts had to give him another opportunity. The Toronto Blue Jays signed him to a minor league contract, and he did not disappoint when he took the mound. In 15 starts with the Jays' Triple-A club in Las Vegas, he went 9-2 with a 4.52 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 22 walks in 89.2 innings.

At 32, Hill still has plenty of years left in the game, and going back to the Revolution is the best thing right now. Last year wasn't his best year, but he can still get guys out. He revitalized a career that many thought was over. Here's another chance to prove the critics wrong again.

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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