Ricky Romero's release is only the beginning of things to come

04/26/2015 11:46 PM - Devo

Ricky Romero's release as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays is not the end, but only the beginning.

I look at it this way. If Scott Kazmir, who was in dire straits and left for dead by the baseball world, can come back and again be considered one of the most effective left-handed pitchers in the game. Romero, who's had a couple rocky years, is in no way done with the game of baseball.

Alex Anthopoulos said what he should, and in all honesty, was pretty vague on any of the details, but what could you really say. All in all it seems everyone parted ways amicably, this according to The Globe and Mail,

“We made the determination we just didn’t think by the end of the year he was going to be able to factor for us up here,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “We felt it was best just to give him the opportunity to get a head start somewhere else. It was the right thing for him.”

The former All-Star and ace of the Blue Jays staff is really in the best spot possible. With expectations of his return gone, he can regroup, get healthy, and leave Toronto in the rear-view mirror. He's getting paid, as the Jays remain on the hook for his $7.5 million salary, which also includes $600,000 for 2016, so really there is no pressure. Very easy for me to say. I can only imagine what he is dealing with. But, again I look at Scott Kazmir's resurgence. 

Kazmir battled through independent baseball and a stint in Puerto Rico before he even got a sniff of interest. Romero is in the drivers seat right now. At 30 years old, he is now where near done. Yes, his velocity has dipped a few MPH, but chalk that up to injuries. Whether or not he returns to the mound this year, that's not the issue. He can rehab and train at his own pace, regroup mentally, and return for 2016 in the best shape of his life. There is absolutely no way a team doesn't pick up a guy, who has at the very least, five solid years of elite level baseball left.

Confidence breeds success. Once Romero gets back on the mound and has a couple good outings, the swag will return.

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.

 

Atlantic League strike/ball experiment works?

04/20/2015 4:45 AM - Devo

The Atlantic League unveiled their new three-ball walk and two-strike out experiment in a spring training game on Saturday.

If you didn't already know, the Atlantic League has created the Pace of Play Committee. A group dedicated to 

"cut down on all the things that slow the pace of the game, these great baseball minds want the fans to come to the ballpark and enjoy their time. They don't want people bogged down by delays. They want a fast-paced sporting event that truly showcases the talent of the athletes."

According to Newsday, the game clocked in at 2 hours and 15 minutes, approximately 45 shorter than the average Atlantic League game in 2014. Scoring wasn't much of a factor. The game ended 1-0 and 19 of the 72 batters were affected by way of the "new" rules. Ten foul outs that are called "klunk-outs" and nine three-ball walks.

There were some who took the game for what is was. Lew Ford, a MLB and Indy ball veteran adjusted his game to the rules. He went 2-3.

"I just tried to start the at-bat a little earlier," Ducks outfielder Lew Ford said." 

On the other hand, Sean Burroughs, was the first victim of the rules and had nothing good to say. He wasn't shy in hiding his feelings.

"They were completely ridiculous," Burroughs said. "It was something that takes away from the history of the game . . . Hitters are already in a hole enough. You're up there battling and then you foul a ball off and you're out, that's a joke."

Burroughs ended the game going 0-2 with two walks.

As I mentioned previously, the odds on this being implemented anywhere is less than nil. Baseball is baseball and rules are the rules. In saying that, Indy baseball needs to think outside the box to continue to separate itself. It doesn't have the money or the firepower to compete with MiLB or MLB. What it does have is passionate owners, players, and fans that want to make the game the best it can be.

This was only an experiment we all know that, but in the end more eyes are on the Indy game than ever before. The more eyes on the Indy game the more the talent gets seen. That's what matters.

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.

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: MLB experience all over

04/12/2015 10:53 AM - Devo

Indy teams and leagues are having a busy week when it comes to the signing of players with professional experience.

The Ottawa Champions, who are on the verge of beginning their inaugural Can-Am League season, have signed former Texas Ranger, Wilmer Font. Font, still young at 24, has spent seven years in the minors, appearing in 166 games. He's recorded 24 wins and posts a solid 3.66 ERA. With over 418 innings under his belt, he has a career 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings. Font made his MLB debut in 2012 and has appeared in five games for the Texas Rangers, compiling a 5.40 ERA in just over three innings.

If you're going to sign players with experience, you should sign them in bunches. The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have signed five players, all with minor league experience, including two with significant Major League time.

Daryle Ward, who made his last appearance in the bigs in 2008, has played 16 years of pro ball.  Known more for his time with the Houston Astros in the late 90's, Ward's a veteran with 90 career home runs and nearly 400 RBI. His presence is an undeniable boost to the Blue Crabs lineup. This will not be Ward's first dance in Indy ball. He's been around, 369 games to be exact. Always known for his superior power, Ward continues to batter pitchers whenever he has the chance. Over the course of his six Indy years he's punished pitchers. 32 percent of his hits have gone for extra bases (61 home runs, 66 doubles).

Fred Lewis, a former second round pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 2002 draft, split time between four teams over seven MLB seasons. He joins Ward on Blue Crabs roster. Lewis, a career .266 hitter, isn't a stranger to independent baseball. Lewis began his Indy ball career in 2014 splitting time with the Lancaster Barnstormers and Bridgeport Bluefish. In his first season he batted a combined .259 with six home runs and 39 RBI. His 225 career steals is an additional boost to a club that has its fair share of speed.

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 unveils 2015 MLB Collection

04/03/2015 9:35 AM - Devo

With the 2015 MLB season upon us, Tommy Bahama has launched their new Major League Baseball Collection for the sixth time. And what a collection it is!

Celebrating the San Francisco Giants dynasty, Tommy Bahama honors them with a classic panel back camp shirt and a half-zip sweatshirt. The new gear celebrates the Giants three Word Series wins in the last five years.

In addition, their Collector's Series edition will feature the New York Yankees, Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers on custom-designed, signatures silk camp shirts. Each one will showcase their name, logo, and signature landmarks representing their location. For example, the Dodgers highlight the mid-century, modern Dodger Stadium, the crowds at Yankees stadium, and the Golden Gate Bridge and Cooperstown logo for Giants enthusiasts.

If that weren't enough, what fan wouldn't want St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago Cubs shirts with a retro-inspired team logo and graphics? For Tommy Bahama fans, the joy doesn't stop there. If you are looking for tropical inspired themes featuring all 30 clubs, polo shirts and long sleeves, Tommy has all your bases covered.

For more information, please visit tommybahama.com where you can find all these styles plus more. The collection of all premium apparel that every MLB junkie could want is available at Tommy Bahama stores and select retailers across the country.

Batter up! The season is only a few days away.

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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