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Episode 60: What’s Next for Baseball and Business in 2022?

Friday, December 31st, 2021

What a year it has been for Baseball and Business! It naturally leads to wonder…what’s in store for the future?

To share where we are going, this is a shorter 15 minute podcast episode to wrap up the year sharing exactly that while also including a few sound bites from the live Q&A portion of the three Zoom Meetups we did this year with several former big leaguers as featured guests. 

You can listen to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any of the major podcast platforms.

Our final Zoom Meetup of the year last month had our best turnout yet with 55 current and former players attending. 

Between the live Q&A with former big leaguer Xavier Scruggs and breakout rooms, it was a special night. Don’t just take my word for it though…here’s what a few shared on LinkedIn shortly after.

As this year comes to a close, I cannot thank all of you enough for the continued support of our community and movement. Without your involvement, Baseball and Business is nothing. 

Yes, these past two years have been tough but we have seen victories despite the challenges. Every week more current and former players come across what we are up to and are excited to find out there is a group of likeminded guys which make up Baseball and Business. 

I hope you enjoy these last moments of 2021 and want to see you experience much success in 2022. Happy New Year!

Episode 59: The Lab Changing How Hitters Choose Their Bats – Keenan Long

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Former pro player Keenan Long shares on Episode 59 how his company LongBall Labs is helping big league hitters maximize exit velocity by taking guessing out of the equation for when it comes to choosing their gamers.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. How a conversation with Joe Girardi in college influenced the trajectory of Keenan’s future as a baseball player and engineering student

2. How Keenan’s experiment with former MLB player Adam Rosales led to creating LongBall Labs

3. A story of how Jed Lowrie’s use of LongBall Labs assisted in getting the A’s a win in a specific at bat this season

4. The rule in baseball Keenan has learned has the least amount of application in business

Keenan’s story shows how seeing beyond what currently exists in the marketplace may be what leads to a breakthrough.

To connect with Keenan, you can reach him through their Twitter page @longballlabs1 or by calling/texting 773-870-1968.

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Episode 58: Tommy John, Developing Pitches and Breaking Into a Global Company – Jeff Burke

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

Former San Francisco Giants prospect Jeff Burke shares how he successfully transitioned into the business world starting his career with a global company on Episode 58.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. How not being able to play baseball for the first time having Tommy John surgery led to valuable perspective that benefited him within and beyond the game

2. How Jeff’s blog to help his grandma keep up to date on his pro ball career led to an offseason internship and the importance of building relationships

3. Why baseball players shouldn’t overlook the discipline it takes to play at a high level and how this directly applies in the business world to set yourself apart from others while trying to get your career off the ground

4. The importance of understanding being young in business compared to being an older baseball prospect when exiting the game

Jeff’s story shows the importance of having a long term focus when developing a career on the field or in business.

To connect with Jeff, you can find him on LinkedIn.

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Episode 57: Building a Pro Ball Career While Launching a Business – Graeme Stinson

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Current Tampa Bay Rays prospect and 2019 4th Round Draft Pick Graeme Stinson shares how he has co-founded athlete-centric data storage company StatStak while playing pro ball on Episode 57.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. How an arm injury and the 2020 college season being cancelled led Graeme and his former college teammate Eli Herrick to launch StatStak

2. How his experience playing under Coach Pollard at Duke helped formulate the mindset to overcome whatever challenges he has faced as a baseball player and businessman

3. How Graeme believes current pro players can best make use of their time in the off-season

4. What Graeme wants every player who will be drafted in the future to know before they begin pro ball career

Graeme’s story shows how negative situations can be turned into opportunities with the right perspective and actions.

To connect with Graeme, you can find him on LinkedIn or by email at graeme@statstak.io. To learn more about StatStak, visit the website at statstak.io.

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Episode 56: How to Create Passion, Build a Niche Business and Work Within Sports – Jim Convertino

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Former D1 college player Jim Convertino shares how he has built a business which now has 700+ pro athletes and entertainers as clients on Episode 56.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. Why Jim believes focusing on becoming great at something leads to passion and is how he launched his professional career after graduating from Siena College

2. How the first 15 years of providing consistency with his high touch service model in the insurance industry allowed him to build a niche working with professional athletes and entertainers over the past 15 years of his career

3. Why Jim suggests those in a sales role should become the go to for products or services beyond what they sell

4. Jim’s advice for any former players looking to leverage their experience and knowledge of the game in their career after playing

Jim’s story shows how building the ideal business takes having vision and daily action over many years.

To connect with Jim, you can find him on LinkedIn or by email at jconvertino@mcgowanpae.com. To learn more about his firm, visit their website at mcgowaninsurance.com.

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Episode 55: The Journey to the Big Leagues, Playing Overseas and Building a New Career in Sports Media – Xavier Scruggs

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Former MLB and KBO player Xavier Scruggs shares how baseball set the table for him to launch his second career in sports media on Episode 55.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. Why Xavier felt media was the perfect outlet for his second career which has had him working for ESPN, MLB Network Radio and hosting his own podcast

2. Xavier’s mindset as his persevered through 6 seasons between A and AA before making it to AAA which then led to his MLB debut that same season

3. Xavier and his wife’s experience overseas including the challenges of a new team, league and culture

4. The impact Xavier is making on the next generation of athletes with the goal of long term career development in any field not just sports through Xtraordinary Athletes

Xavier’s story shows the importance of having a vision and taking the actions necessary to follow through on it.

To connect with Xavier, you can find him on LinkedIn or on Instagram @xavier_scruggs. To learn more about Xtraordinary Athletes, visit www.xoathletes.com.

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Episode 54: Throwing a Perfect Game and Chasing New Dreams in Business – Javi Salas

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Former pitcher in the Milwaukee Brewers organization and at the University of Miami Javi Salas shares how baseball has been the precursor to bigger things in business on Episode 54.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. Why Javi returned for his senior year after being drafted by the Twins as a junior and how this led to a historic night throwing only the 23rd perfect game at the D1 level.

2. Why Javi debated following through on the full time job offer he had already accepted in the fall of his senior year after being drafted by the Brewers in the 10th round as a senior.

3. How Javi articulated the relevance of his baseball experience within business while applying to MBA programs.

4. Why Javi decided the pandemic in 2020 created the perfect timing to leave his full time job to pursue his MBA after getting accepted to one of the top program in the country at Duke University.

Javi’s story shows how baseball can be the springboard to success beyond the diamond.

To connect with Javi, you can find him on LinkedIn or Twitter @Feliz_Javidad.

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Episode 53: Habits of a Champion – Dana Cavalea

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

2009 World Series champion and former New York Yankees Director of Strength, Conditioning and Performance Coach Dana Cavalea is the featured guest for Episode 53, our last episode of 2020.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. How after playing one year of college baseball Dana realized his most likely path to the majors wasn’t going to be as a player which led to an internship and eventually full time job with the Yankees

2. Behind the scenes stories of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera’s routines during their playing career that made them high performers consistently

3. Why he wrote Habits of a Champion in an easy read 15 short stories format from interactions with Yankees greats and businesspeople along his life

4. Why Dana suggests drowning out the noise of what other people are doing and instead answering specific questions he poses going into 2021

 

Dana’s story shows champions are made through focusing on being consistent.

To learn more about Dana, visit his website at danacavalea.com or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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Episode 52: Becoming an MLB All-Star, Playing for a World Series Title and Winning Beyond the Field – Russ Ortiz

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Former MLB All-Star Russ Ortiz shares from his 12 year big league career and how he went on to start a business, 2GG Apparel, around his passion for golf afterwards on Episode 52.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. The common trait Dusty Baker, Bobby Cox, Bruce Bochy and Joe Torre shared as managers that empowered Russ and his teammates to succeed on the field

2. Why Russ and his wife chose to live as if every contract was the last one and the importance of building a strong financial team to create a long term plan

3. Why Russ chose to invest time being involved within the San Francisco community right out of the gates and continued to do so wherever he played throughout his career

4. The story behind turning his passion for golf into 2GG Apparel after finishing playing which uses all of the profits to fund charitable causes meaningful to their family

Russ’ story shows what it takes to create success in every aspect of life.

To learn more about 2GG Apparel, visit 2GGApparel.com.

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Episode 51: What’s Next? – Luke Melms

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Former college player and Founder of Baseball and Business Luke Melms shares the vision for the future of B&B through a few updates on Episode 51. Here are a few of the highlights…

1. Luke shares how COVID-19 while a negative event has allowed for an internship to develop for a few college baseball players within Baseball and Business and the opportunity available for this to expand

2. Luke shares what has been going on behind the scenes to develop the opportunity for more engagement within the community

3. The next possible evolution for the podcast to alternate between the traditional format and a live format

4. The opportunity for you to share any feedback on how Baseball and Business can become better.

I want to thank everyone for the support that has allowed us to get to 50 episodes. I wanted to use a brief episode to recognize this about creating opportunities for everyone involved. While I’ve been the one leading Baseball and Business, it is anything but something revolving around me.

I look forward to hearing from you after listening to this week’s episode.

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