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Episode 63: Learning to Pitch as a Pro, Finding Franchising and Helping Other Athletes – Brandon Beachy

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

Former big leaguer Brandon Beachy shares how switching to pitching led to making it to the highest level and what led to starting a business through the franchise model as his next step after playing on Episode 63.

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. How Brandon’s decision to pivot from a being .300 hitter in college to exclusively focusing on pitching led to getting signed by the Atlanta Braves as a non-drafted free agent and ultimately a big league career

2.  The biggest leadership lesson he learned playing under Hall of Fame Manager Bobby Cox

3.  How the characteristics of a high level athlete aligned for him to pursue a path in starting a business through the franchise model as well as a consulting practice to help others especially athletes interested in finding the right franchise business

4.  What baseball players need to perceive from their playing experience to communicate their value when making the transition into business

Brandon’s story shows the power of an opportunity and going all in on it.

To connect with Brandon, you can find him on LinkedIn or can email him at BBeachy@FranChoice.com.

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Episode 62: Reimagining What’s Possible, Bouncing Back from Disappointment and Redefining Success – Kevin Kowalke

Wednesday, September 14th, 2022

Former college player Kevin Kowalke shares how after building a successful mortgage business for 20 years he made a cross country move and teamed up with a long time friend to pivot into consulting on Episode 62.

1. Kevin and Luke chat about their paths crossing about a decade ago and how this sparked Baseball and Business to launch

2.  Kevin shares why the traditional definition of success is often limiting and how through his journey he’s been able to get better clarity on what is possible in the big picture

3.  Kevin talks about the toughest challenge he faced going through a painful divorce and how he was able to be better after going through it not only in business but now as a husband and father to two children after getting remarried 

4.  Kevin explains why he decided to pivot into consulting after 20 years in the mortgage industry and his advice for anyone else who is considering making a career transition

Kevin’s story shows that life is a journey of peaks and valleys which have lessons to learn in both places.

To connect with Kevin, you can find him on LinkedIn or text him at 414-315-5555.

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Episode 61: Making It to The Show, Becoming a Best Selling Author and Overcoming Identity in Work – Dirk Hayhurst

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

Former big leaguer Dirk Hayhurst shares on Episode 61 how he became a New York Times best selling author writing four books, battled anxiety when getting the ultimate call up and his journey on the other side of playing. 

Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. Why writing is the most useful tip he recommends in helping process outcomes on the field and how he saw Roy Halladay do the same as a teammate

2. How he was struck with anxiety when initially called up to the big leagues and getting a shot as a broadcaster on national TV and what he focused on to seek calming his nerves

3. Why athletes struggle with identity issues when playing ends and why he suggests understanding skill sets and likes versus resurrecting identity in a new career

4. His advice for former players navigating the interview process and how to best communicate the experiences baseball provides to stand out against other applicants

Dirk’s story shows that life is an never ending process of reinventing yourself.

To connect with Dirk, you can visit his website at dirkhayhurst.com or find him on LinkedIn.

Episode 60: How to Come Up Clutch in Baseball and Business – James “J.R.” Reid

Wednesday, July 20th, 2022

Former college player James “J.R.” Reid shares on Episode 60 how he is helping big leaguers and high level business professionals navigate the pressure it takes to succeed at the top as a peak performance coach.

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Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation…

1. Several stories as a D1 baseball player, mentoring athletes while getting his J.D. and MBA at LSU and working as an agent to pro baseball players which give perspective on how to avoid pitfalls and make decisions that get you closer to your desired outcomes

2. The process current players should use when deciding who work with as key advising relationships such as agents, attorneys, financial advisors, etc.

3. Why he believes understanding your own core values and vision are key to being equipped to make decisions not just as a baseball player but in every aspect of life

4. The three areas of life which must be aligned in order to perform at your highest level

J.R.’s story shows how making the right decisions over a long period of time is how to get to where you are desiring to go.

To connect with J.R., you can visit his website at jamesreid.com or on LinkedIn. Additionally, his podcast Coming Up Clutch with J.R. can be heard on all major platforms and comingupclutch.com.

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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