31
AUG
2013

Old Man Yells At Cloud: Tom Seaver & Survivorship Bias

I have a lot of time for Tom Seaver. He’s a stud, one of the best pitchers ever, and he sure as hell doesn’t need to listen to a guy with a career as short as mine to know it. Fortunately, I don’t need a long career to tell Seaver to pipe down with his “today’s pitchers are...
07
APR
2012

The Weekly Advice Column

(Here is my latest advice to a college kid going through a rough patch. Hope it helps anyone else going through rough time as well. Names have been changed to protect the innocent.)   Hey Dirk, My name is Harry Doyle, I am a Freshman Pitcher for the Mel’s Barber College. I...
29
MAR
2012

Sitting In The Park

So I’m not playing ball right now, and I’m fine with that. I don’t miss it. Maybe I will later when the scent of fresh cut grass and hot dogs and Latin player pre game cologne catches my nose again, but I doubt it. Don’t ask me what’s next. What I do know, I can’t talk to you...
04
MAR
2012

Perspective & Diversify…

While training with the Kent State University baseball team the other day, I struck up a conversation with one of the players about what it’s like to play in the professional ranks. These kinds of conversations are interesting because the candor of the player always seems to...
27
JAN
2012

Out Of My League, Chapter 35

Chapter Thirty-five   On Monday, after losing a day game with the Bees, we packed up and hopped a flight to Colorado Springs, home of the Rockies’ Triple A team, the Sky Sox. Sky Sox Stadium is the highest-altitude park in baseball, even higher than the infamous Mile High Stadium...
23
JAN
2012

MiLB Survival Tip #4 — Think For Yourself.

  I’m going to say this as plainly as I can: stop doing stupid shit just because everyone else on the team is doing it. It’s not a good reason to do something in any other walk of life so don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a good reason now. Being on a team is a lot like...
22
JAN
2012

Tips For Spring Training

With spring training right around the corner I’d like to take a moment to remind all those players attending minor league camp of the resolutions they swore they’d uphold, but have subsequently forgotten. I’m not talking about stuff like working out harder, or running more, or...
30
NOV
2011

The Red Sox Skipper Scholarship Program.

Bobby Valentine. Really? That’s the best the Red Sox could come up with? What is it with pulling managers form the recognizable masses that compose analysts? We can’t get anyone that is hungry in the lower levels up to manage a flagship franchise like the Sox. It has to be a name...
29
SEP
2011

The Recipe for #EpicFail Starts in the Head

I’m sure you’re tired of hearing this, but wow, what a night for baseball September 28th turned out to be. I usually don’t like to throw my voice into such an over saturated market of baseball commentary, but I can’t help it. I’m tired of listening to people who’ve never played...
19
SEP
2011

Minor League Survival Tip #24—Learn How and When to Cheat

No no no—not steroids. I’m not talking about the kind of cheating wherein in you put your life in jeopardy. I’m talking about the kind of stuff that an umpire like Joe West would have a conniption about if he caught you doing it. The kind of stuff Gaylord Perry, Whitey Ford, or...