Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Baseball Industry Network Meet-up

Yesterday I attended the Baseball Network Industry meet-up hosted by Mr. Tyrone Brooks, the director of player personnel for the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was held at Foley’s NY, a baseball-Irish themed pub in Midtown, Manhattan. I didn’t know what to expect when I first arrived and felt a bit intimidated. Who should I approach? Who should I talk to? What can I say that doesn’t make me sound like an idiot? But you know what? It went great and many personnel from MLB were very helpful. I spoke with people from MLB Network, Yankees, Mets and even from the European leagues! I mostly asked them how they got to where they are today and if they could offer any advice. One major key in thriving in the sports industry is connection. You never know who you are talking to that can help you get to where you want, but also need to show that you have the knowledge, show that you can make a contribution and never be afraid of rejection. I am very humbled and honored to have participated in yesterday’s event, allowing me to acquire great advice from people who knew where young professionals are coming from. I want to thank Mr. Brooks and everyone who were there yesterday, and hope they all succeed in getting to where they want to be. I recommend people to attend the next meet-up.

Speaking of Chinese baseball, I’ve heard some rumors concerning a few potential major league caliber players coming from China. There might be 2-3 players that have been scouted heavily and might be ready next year for international signing. I’m not sure how true that is, but it can potentially be a huge impact for Chinese baseball. With that said, it’s also a huge gamble if the players don’t pan out and live up to their expectations. That’s why scouting in China isn’t that heavily reported, which can potentially damage the reputation of MLB if they are dead wrong about some players. Let’s all cross our fingers and hope it’s true! Chinese fans have been waiting for a long time! (Or soon to be fans).

I've also spoke with a personnel from the Yankees and he told me a story about Liu Kai and Zhang Zhen Wang, former players signed by the Yankees. They didn't like the culture here and didn't really want to play baseball. Kai was actually put in a match-up with Alex Rodriguez and struck him out. What a downer, he could have potentially turned into a reliever or LOOGY(Lefty one out guy). Well, that’s it for now and thanks for reading! 

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