The HBP Defense Technique

Zack Greinke could have avoided a broken collarbone if the proper technique was followed after he plunked Carlos Quentin with a pitch when the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. It was ten years ago when the hit by pitch defense was described to me. It was the 2003 season,…

A Sports Marketing Blur

Have you ever heard Song 2 by Blur?  Whenever I hear it, I smile and chuckle. It was a celebratory song for me, and my coworkers—I guess.  Let’s flashback to when I was working for the Joliet JackHammers, a minor league baseball team in the independent Northern League.  The last time I celebrated to the…

A Road Trip Memory

Fresh off a weekend road trip from the Chicago suburbs to Grapevine, Texas with my family, the memories of minor league road trips come to mind. Such as… In my first season as the broadcaster for Joliet in the independent Northern League (2002), we were headed to St. Paul, Minnesota for a weekend series. The…

Rain Delay Theater

In my first season broadcasting in Joliet (2002), we had two pitchers that were two of the best in the independent Northern League. Brian Mazone was a starting pitcher, and Matt Hammons was the closer. They put up great numbers, and Jack Zduriencik noticed them. At that time, Jack was working in scouting for the…

Scoring It This Way

On a daily basis during the baseball season, I always think about how grateful I am that I am not the official scorer. However, there was a time that I held that role. Back in the day when I worked in Myrtle Beach for the Single-A Advance affiliate of the Atlanta Braves (it’s now a…