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By: Devon Teeple
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Can Jose Canseco be a role model for younger players?

By: Devon Teeple

40/40, MVP, World Series Champion, Rookie of the Year. All things that make up the career of Jose Canseco. He is baseball's conscious. A player so entrenched in its history, yet he's rarely if ever acknowledged for what he did on the field.

Canseco is the Godfather of steroids, but he's not the only person to to look for an edge.. He's admitted to using performance enhancers which elevated his achievements to unearthly levels. His home runs were glorious and his image was pure Hollywood.

 

Eddie "Truck" Gordon battles adversity in and out of the cage

By: Devon Teeple

Eddie "Truck" Gordon has been a longtime MMA fighter who won The Ultimate Fighter 19 (TUF). He's seen the ups the downs that all athlete incurs, but consistently remains positive regardless of the situation. In addition to his fighting career, Gordon wants to make a change in the world. He is the Founder and CEO of the Eddie Truck Gordon Foundation, a not-for-profit with a mission to help uplift our community one child at a time. He recently launched the Shut Up & Fight! Drug Addiction campaign to raise awareness and support for the families and loved ones that have been affected.

 

Todd Stottlemyre: From World Series champion to business leader

By: Devon Teeple

Todd Stottlemyre was a first round pick in the 1985 MLB draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and multiple World Series champion. Over his 14-year career he picked up 138 wins and will always be known as a key piece of Blue Jays history as a player who helped bring the team to prominence. Our discussion not only talks baseball, but the role his father, Mel Stottlemyre played in his development. His father tallied five World Series titles as a coach with the New York Yankees and New York Mets and was a pitcher for the Bronx Bombers from 1964 to 1974. Since the end of his MLB career in 2002, he's been on Wall Street as a trader and now runs his own company assisting people maximize their own potential becoming the best person/business person they can be.


Director, Erik Nilsen discusses the MLB B.A.T. program

By: Devon Teeple

The GM's Perspective recently spoke with Erik Nilsen, DirectorBaseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) at Major League Baseball. B.A.T. was formed in 1986 by former MLB'ers. It was originally funded confidentially to help members of an exclusive fraternity who were in need of assistance and were out of options. Whether, it's medical, financial or psychological assistance, Nilsen and his team are there to lend a helping hand. We were fortunate enough to speak and learn more about the organization and the assistance that it can provide to those in need.

The GM’s Perspective: What is your background and how did you got started with the organization?

Erik Nilsen: I played baseball my entire life. I played Division 3 ball for State University of New York at New Paltz for two years than my final two years at York College of Pennsylvania. I was a catcher at D3 and majored in sports management. My thought process was, if I can’t play professional baseball, I also had a dream to work in professional baseball one day. After school I did some internships (Hudson Valley Renegades) and then found a position with the Mets (New York) as a telemarketing sales representative. I did that for about six months and got promoted to group sales rep. After about a year and a half in that role I saw a position with the Commissioner’s office working for the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) It was pretty enticing knowing I could work in the game, but also help people on a daily basis. I went for the interview and got a phone interview with Bobby Murcer while I was working at Shea Stadium. I eventually got hired in December of 2005 and have been here since. I was promoted to Director in August of 2013.



Three upcoming interviews, all inspiring in their own right
August 09, 2016 5:18 AM

Baseball, the clock is ticking
August 02, 2016 9:50 AM

Performance enhancers amongst the elite and the underdogs
July 28, 2016 8:32 AM

New Indy league hoping to buck the trend?
July 18, 2016 10:57 PM

3rd and Long for Manziel?
July 13, 2016 6:12 PM

When has "fandom" gone too far?
July 01, 2016 4:13 PM

Michael Saunders is your surprise MLB All-Star candidate
June 20, 2016 9:20 PM

UFC's Jeremy Stephens epitomizes the mindset of a true champion
June 12, 2016 12:09 PM

Dominick Cruz is champion above all else
June 05, 2016 8:52 PM

Brownell becomes Ducks franchise leader
May 28, 2016 8:28 AM

Tommy Bahama presents 7th annual Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival
May 22, 2016 7:54 PM

Former top draft pick inks deal with LI Ducks
May 14, 2016 10:06 PM

Patriots' Hunton continues to save the day
May 07, 2016 2:06 PM

All Ex-Jay Eric Thames needed was a change of scenery
April 24, 2016 9:34 PM

Undrafted's Chad Toocheck discovered what's important
April 17, 2016 6:18 AM

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