I just want to welcome everyone to the site. The goal at Balen Ball is to provide a diverse baseball experience which will examine and discuss a variety of topics such as statistical analysis, historical trends, player evaluations, fantasy baseball, etc. The motto here is, “The day you have all of the answers, it’s time to go and do something else”.
So I guess many of you are wondering who exactly I am. While my name is Drew and for more then 20 years I’ve been studying the game and business of baseball. It started like most kids collecting baseball cards, watching games on television, and reading any book that I was lucky enough to get my hands on in a search to determine why clubs and players do the things they do, both on the field and in the front office.
A few quick personal anecdotes, I remember around the age of 10 making player contracts, depth charts and trying to figure out who the best team would be in the upcoming season. My parents would take me to the local Triple-A team where I watched future Major League Players such as David Ortiz, Grant Balfour, Johan Santana, Eric Chavez, and Ramon Ortiz. We even went to Seattle in 2000 on a family vacation to watch the Mariners play the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees (Edgar Martinez hit a grand slam off of Jeff Nelson) . However, my most memorable moment might be when we went to Missoula, Montana and watch the Pioneer League and saw an young shortstop in Sergio Santos and current Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero. The great thing about watching a game is that you never really know what you might see and the stories that you might come across on any given day.
I have been lucky enough to experience the game at many different levels and attend numerous events such as Futures Games, Spring Training, International Tournaments, Fall Ball, in addition to the thousands of televised games I have watched over the years. I have been able to meet a number of interesting people from many different walks of life along my travels.
My passion for the game has also given me the opportunity to work on a number of different projects that have focused on areas such as scouting, player development, player compensation, which has had an impact on how teams, players, agents, and media organizations operate.
I look forward to having creative discussion here around the game and business moving forward.
If you have any questions or inquires, let me know.
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Drew Balen, Founder of balenball.com