Do you want to know the process of acquiring employment in MLB?
Have you wondered how baseball scouts evaluate players?
Do you want to know more about professional baseball Player Development?
Bill Geivett draws on his 28 years of experience in professional baseball to answer these questions. He offers his insights from his time as a player, scout, and front office executive. Do You Want to Work in Baseball? is more than a "how to" description of details to remember. It is filled with Bill's real-life lessons learned from the varied roles he has held for Major League Baseball Clubs including the California Angels, New York Yankees, Montreal Expos,Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Colorado Rockies.
For anyone who desires a career in Major League Baseball or any professional sport, as well as, athletes, parents, and fans, Do You Want to Work in Baseball? is a unique practical look into a world that only a few have seen first-hand. This book details the necessary preparation and extensive work required to attain an interview or employment in today's competitive landscape of professional sports. It also details the process of scouting younger athletes and projecting their abilities into the future. Lastly, it takes the reader into a thought-provoking look at professional Player Development and the intricate processes and perspectives involved.
The book includes some colorful stories about Tommy Lasorda, Joe Maddon and FP Santangelo, among others.
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About the Author
California Angel organization, New York Yankees, Montreal Expos, Tampa
Bay Devil Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Colorado Rockies. In 2007,
he oversaw the Colorado Rockies Minor League system that featured 16
players who were originally drafted/signed/developed by Colorado. That year, the Rockies were named Organization of the Year. And in 2009, the
Rockies’ Wild Card team had an Opening Day lineup made up entirely of homegrown players.
Bill has also guided the Montreal Expos’ Minor League system,
which was named Topps Organization of the Year in 1996. In addition, he was a college baseball coach at Loyola Marymount University (1988-90)
and California State University, Long Beach, when it advanced to the 1991
College World Series.
Bill has earned degrees from Sacramento City College (AA),
University of California, Santa Barbara (BA) as well as a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in physical education from Azusa Pacific
University. Drafted four times in the mid-’80s (Los Angeles Dodgers,
Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, and California Angels), he signed with the Angels following his senior year at UCSB where he gained All-
American accolades as a third-baseman. In 1991, he was inducted as a member of the UCSB Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 An Interview With Tommy Lasorda 1
Chapter 2 Do You Want a Job or a Career? 13
Chapter 3 Understand the Modern Major Leagues 26
Chapter 4 How to Get an Interview 38
Chapter 5 An Interview Gone Sideways 61
Chapter 6 You've Been Hired-Now What? 74
Chapter 7 A Framework of Progressive Thought 91
Chapter 8 Scouting-Success Starts Here 102
Chapter 9 Scouting-Tools to Judge Players 126
Chapter 10 Scouting-Overall Future Potential 151
Chapter 11 Scouting-the Final Analysis 178
Chapter 12 Player Development-Philosophy 204
Chapter 13 Player Development-Supportive Mind Set 232
Chapter 14 Player Development-Anticipate the Players Mindset 247
Chapter 15 Player Development-the Staff 268
Chapter 16 Player Development-the Practical Application 283
Chapter 17 Player Development-the DNA of the Department 302
Chapter 18 Player Development-Putting a Practical Plan in Place 316
Chapter 19 Conclusion 341
About the Author 343
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