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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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Episode 50: Ivy League, Minor Leagues and Working at Nike – Brian McAfee

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

Former pro player Brian McAfee shares from his experiences as a student-athlete at Cornell and Duke before being drafted by the Rays and now working at Nike as a Data Scientist on Episode 50. Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. Brian talks about how he juggled the heavy workload as a student-athlete at Cornell and Duke

2. Brian shares his underdog story of being drafted out of Duke in the 38th round by the Rays

3. Brian speaks to how he navigated finding his first job out of baseball to land at adidas which then also led to his current position as a Data Scientist at Nike

4. Why he co-founded Walk-Off Analytics and created the Seqnzr product to provide quantitative feedback on lineup optimization to baseball teams in order to maximize run production

Brian’s story shows how important it is to go all in wherever you are at.

Click here to connect with Brian on LinkedIn.

To learn more about the Seqnzr product through Walk-Off Analytics, visit seqnzr.com.

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Episode 49: Swinging An Axe – Branden Berry

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

Former pro player Branden Berry shares how his dream of playing in the big leagues evolved into helping pro and amateur hitters get an edge working for Axe Bat on Episode 49.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. Branden talks about his competitive mindset going into playing at the University of Washington and how it helped earn the opportunity to start as a Freshman

2. Branden shares why he re-enrolled in school within hours of being released by the Marlins

3. Branden describes how he turned an internship at Blast Motion into a full-time job within a handful of months after proving himself

4. Branden shares how he got his current job at Axe Bat and why Mookie Betts and other MLB stars are swinging the bat challenging the status quo of how baseball bats are made

Branden’s story shows the importance of being able to pivot when new opportunities are ahead.

Click here to connect with Branden on LinkedIn.

To learn more about Axe Bat, visit axebat.com or @axebat on Instagram and Twitter.

We’ve teamed up to create a special promotion to give the Baseball and Business network 20% off any non-sale products on AxeBat.com. Use Business20 at checkout to receive the discount. Thanks to Branden and the Axe Bat team for making this happen!

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Episode 48: Finding the Dream Makers – Jim Morris

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

Former MLB player Jim “The Rookie” Morris shares from his incredible story which Disney turned into a movie and the insurmountable odds he has once again overcome beating Parkinson’s since the movie came out on Episode 48.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. Jim talks about his difficult first stint in pro ball which led to pursuing teaching and coaching and how a bet he made with his high school baseball players propelled him to earn a second chance at pro ball as a 35 year old

2. He shares the valuable lessons veteran teammates Wade Boggs, Fred McGriff and others shared and the importance of finding those who believe in your dreams

3. Jim shares his Parkinson’s diagnosis after baseball and his miraculous defeat of the disease which has been described as unheard of by his neurologist

4. Jim talks about his journey as public speaker and the release of his brand new book Dream Makers which will help you learn how to apply what Jim has lived out to make his dreams become a reality in baseball and beyond

Jim’s story shows the importance of finding the right teammates in life and not allowing others to put limitations on what is possible.

Click here to connect with Jim on LinkedIn.

Get 30% off a signed copy of his book by clicking the link and ordering today.

https://www.dreammakersbook.com/signed-copy

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Episode 47: No Legs, All Heart – Dave Stevens

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

Dave Stevens shares his remarkable story as a legless college athlete who also had the chance to play independent league baseball for the St. Paul Saints on Episode 47.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

0:52 Dave describes the challenges he faced growing up without legs in Arizona and the resilience he gained from overcoming these trials

16:16 Dave recounts his tryout for USA Baseball in 1983 on the same field with some of the best talent in the nation at the time including Barry Bonds and Oddibe McDowell

20:00 Dave talks about his experience playing independent league baseball which included a pinch-hit AB for Darryl Strawberry

22:45 Dave describes the development of his career in broadcasting which eventually led to accepting a job at ESPN where he was awarded 7 Sports Emmy Awards over his career

Dave’s story clearly shows the importance of focusing on the strengths you do have versus the attributes you don’t.

Click here to connect with Dave on LinkedIn. You can also visit his website at davestevensspeaks.com to learn more about Dave and access all his social media channels.

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Episode 46: A New Chapter – Casper Wells V

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

Former MLB player Casper Wells V shares from his 10 year pro ball career and journey afterwards building a career in business on Episode 46.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. What Casper’s first call up taught him and allowed him to thrive hitting over .300 his first year in the big leagues

2. How Casper mentally prepared every day when in a platoon situation

3. How going back to finish his degree at age 30 allowed Casper to get focused on the long term outlook of his career before getting into the business world

4. How the advice of a former college teammate helped Casper figure out medical sales would be a great path to pursue after finishing school

Casper’s story shows the importance of being prepared for new opportunities especially when they arise unexpectedly.

Click here to connect with Casper on LinkedIn or on Instagram @capwells.

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Episode 45: Bringing the Heat – Nick Hagadone

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

Former MLB player Nick Hagadone shares from his 5 year big league career and how this taught him to focus on incremental growth which he has carried into business on Episode 45. Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. How Nick went from barely pitching as a freshman to being a 1st round pick as a junior out of the University of Washington

2. What it takes to be successful coming out of the bullpen in the big leagues

3. Why Nick and his wife decided to start a business 18 months ago in one of the most competitive and crowded industries globally

4. Why Nick believes working a full-time job and running the business on the side increases the odds of creating a sustainable business long term

Nick’s story shows the importance of having a long term mindset when it comes to reaching goals.

Click here to connect with Nick on LinkedIn. To learn more about Nick’s company, visit the website at launchcoffeeco.com or @launchcoffeeco on Instagram.

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Episode 44: How to Thrive in Crunch Time – Rick Peterson

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Former MLB pitching coach and pro player Rick Peterson takes us behind the scenes of constantly being on the cutting edge as a coach on Episode 44.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. What during Rick’s college career piqued his interest in studying psychology

2. Rick selling Jerry Reinsdorf on investing into developing a sports psychology program which allowed him to co-direct it and coach Michael Jordan during his baseball stint

3. The real story behind Moneyball and Rick’s practical use of analytics which gave his pitchers an edge

4. How Rick turned his experiences into a book as well as speaking to corporations to help leaders reach peak performance

Rick’s story shows the importance of challenging the status quo and focusing on finding growth opportunities.

Click here to connect with Rick on LinkedIn. To learn more about what Rick is up to and buy his book, visit his website at rickpetersoncoaching.com.

Episode 43: From the Big League Bump to Business – Daniel McCutchen

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

Former MLB player Daniel McCutchen shares how he maximized his opportunities while playing and how this set him up afterwards to start his own business on Episode 43.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. Daniel’s decision to take on a tough economics major while playing at the University of Oklahoma

2. Daniel’s journey overcoming those who doubted him to make it to the big leagues after being drafted in the 13th round

3. Why Daniel created business cards as a baseball player even though he wasn’t doing anything in business while he was playing

4. Daniel’s transition out of baseball into entrepreneurship starting and expanding Big League Car Wash

Daniel’s story shows the power of believing in yourself.

Click here to connect with Daniel on LinkedIn. To learn more about his business, visit their website at bigleaguecarwash.com.

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Episode 42: Finding Clarity – Kevin Wilson

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Private hitting consultant and former pro player Kevin Wilson shares from his own playing journey and how this led to guiding some of the best hitters in Major League Baseball since 2007 on Episode 42.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. How the challenges faced as a player created the desire to create an all-in-one solution between mechanics, the mental side of the game and balancing life for the next generation of hitters

2. Why Kevin literally goes on walks with his hitters to bring clarity

3. Why he believes hitters are drowning information and need to “know thyself” more than anything

4. The importance of finding something beyond baseball to concentrate on away from the field

Kevin’s story shows that your calling may be found in some of the hardest challenges you’ve walked through.

Click here to connect with Kevin on LinkedIn. To learn more about him, visit his website at kwbaseball.com.

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