The Baseball Showcase by Derrick May
Beast of the East Showcases
Back in the day when I was 15 years old, my brother, my legion teammates and I were approached by Pat Ramone about a tryout. The tryout was with the Major League Scouting Bureau. I remember that day very well. It was held at our American Legion field Joseph B. Stahl Memorial Post #30 field.
I can remember being a little nervous, there were some college players there and I didn’t know what to expect. I will admit I had some butterflies but I was ok because I knew a few guys and my brother was there. The first thing we did was fill out information cards, age, grade, high school or college etc. I handed my card to the scout Rod (Hot Rod), I don’t want to get his last name wrong so I won’t write it. We were informed of what the workout consisted of and we proceeded to stretch and line up to run the 60yds. Why 60yds? I really don’t know. It is what it is. So, we lined up to run and I wasn’t really told my speed then but I know I beat the guy I was racing against, that was all that mattered to me.
Next up was outfield throwing, 2 to 2nd, 2 to 3rd and 2 home. Pretty standard for outfield throwing and I felt pretty comfortable as the day went on. We finished the fielding and throwing part and we played a short game with live pitching. I can remember the first at bat I had, it was against a college pitcher and I hit a homerun. The next at bat I hit another and next another. That is when one of the other scouts decided he wanted to throw to me and I hit one off the right field fence.
After the workout I was questioned, how old are you? I am 15. That is when it began for me. From a workout by the Major League Scouting Bureau.
So back to today. As of now the Major League Scouting Bureau is no more. No more tryouts or workouts that uncover 15 year olds from Newark, Delaware on an American Legion field in New Castle, Delaware. It has been eliminated. Sadly.
Being seen and having a venue to display a players talent has never been more prevalent then now. Showcases allow MLB scouts and College coaches to see and evaluate players all in one place.
Beast of the East Baseball was created with the mindset of elevating the chances of players who may not be able to travel to some of the top showcases across the country that are saturated with players. For many players and families who travel long distances it can get very expensive. We are looking to make things more affordable and still get exposure.
With MLB teams changing the way they scout, showcases have become necessary vehicles to get scouted or recruited. There used to be a saying that talent will get you noticed and that is still true. However, it seems the chances of being seen because of talent alone is essentially over and talent needs a place to be seen.
The Beast of the East Showcase is the perfect place.
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