15
FEB
2014

The Proletariat is Right

If, dear minor league player, you decide to tell the general public of your disgust with professional baseball because, for the honor of allowing you to play among its chosen immortals, it’s paying you in stale beer and day old hotdogs, expect your words to echo off into...
02
SEP
2012

Send Romero Down (so you can bring him up)

I’ve contested as far back as a two months ago that Ricky Romero should have seen some time in the minors this year. I did not make that comment because I wanted to attack or otherwise debase Ricky. I respect Ricky, but objectively speaking, he ain’t right. There is...
01
FEB
2012

Russ Canzler

I’d like to add onto the sentiment expressed by my writing peer, the honorable Rob Neyer: Russ Canzler is a vastly underrated player that will, if nothing else, hit in the big leagues. Let me speak first of Russ’s character, which I feel will be something severely neglected (as...
28
JAN
2012

Out Of My League Sample Chapters!

    Chapter 16 of Out Of My League   Chapter 1 of Out Of My League   Chapter 35 of Out Of My League   Chapter 64 of Out Of My League  
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...
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...
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...
12
SEP
2011

Minor League Survival Tip #26- Stop Worrying About Your Damn Shoes

Shoe cleanliness is a big deal to ball players. Don’t’ ask me why—They’re just going to get them dirty again. If you’re the pitcher, they’ll be dirty before you even get on the game mound because you have to warm up first. Hell, if they’re clean, that means you aren’t playing so...