How David Ortiz became one of the greatest hitters of a generation

photo by Parker Harrington

photo by Parker Harrington

Life in the minor leagues is far from glamorous- long bus rides, shoddy hotels, sparse crowds and Podunk towns are just a few of the vast differences between baseball “down on the farm” and in the Major Leagues. But one of the great things about the minors is that quite often, you get the chance to simply sit back and appreciate our national pastime and those who play it. Continue reading

Travel baseball- a flawed system?

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In my opinion –

By Larry Owens – Head Baseball Coach – Bellarmine University

It starts early.

Travel Baseball picked up steam about 20 years ago. As I look back today, it is much easier to see its transformation over the years. As a young college baseball coach in the mid 90’s, you could see the summer baseball weekend tournament format begin to trickle down to the younger age groups. In my opinion, “travel baseball” has spiraled out of control in several areas. Continue reading