March 2, 2014
Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective
- Nick Belmonte and Dave Marcon created the Indy Pro Showcase over eight years ago. Since then, over 800 players who have attended their camps have gone on to sign professional contracts. According to their website, their Houston Showcase will held on April 15/16 at Baseball USA. For more information on attending the camps keep checking their site for more information.
- Very cool! The Long Island Ducks have launched the team's first mobile app. and it's free! Fans of the Ducks and of independent baseball can follow their team with up to the minute team news, and roster transactions. Features also include a complete game schedule, ability to buy tickets, live scoreboard and standings and live interaction with the Ducks through a variety of Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and YouTube).
- Joe Charboneau, 1980 Rookie of the year, has been hired as hitting coach of Lake Erie Crushers. This isn't "Super Joe's" first experience in independent baseball. The Canton Corcodiles hired him in 1999 as hitting instructor and was director of baseball operations through 2001. He has also worked with many other teams in the Frontier League.
- The Abilene Prairie Dogs dominated the Texas Winter League. With a 15-3-1 record, the rest of the league didn't stand a chance. The Fort Worth Cats were so thoroughly beaten in the Championship game that it was called two innings early. Three of the league's top four hitters took part in this game. Andrew Sterling went 2-3 to finish at .426 (2nd overall), Eric Garcia was perfect going 4-4 ending his season at .423 (3rd overall), and Jason Merjano was a solid 2-3 with two RBI to finish in the top five at .417 (4th overall). Chad Kruse (University of Houston at Victoria), led the Texas League with an impressive .453.