Rick Ankiel and a Return to the Mound?

Rick came up to the Cardinals as a 19 year old left handed pitcher. The report on Ankiel before he stepped onto the field at Busch Stadium was that he had the potential to be a great pitcher. He had a fastball that ranged from the middle to the upper nineties. His curveball was real nasty and he could make veteran hitters knees buckle!

What ended up changing his career was the post season of 2000 against the Braves and the Mets. Here he is a twenty year old rookie that lost control and couldn’t find home plate. As a baseball fan, it was really hard to watch a player self destruct.

Rick could not come back and find the success that baseball people anticipated. He was wild and could not get the ball over the plate. Ankiel went to the Cardinal Brass and said he was going to retire. The management mentioned to Rick that they would give him a shot as a position player, and Rick decided to give it a shot.

Ankiel went to the minor leagues and found out he could play the game as a position player. He was a good hitter and had a cannon for an arm from the outfield.

In 2008 Ankiel played in 120 games and managed to hit 25 home runs! He looked good as a hitter and his defense was exceptional!

The success was short term and Rick started to flounder in 2009. The pitchers had found holes in his swing. He then played for several organizations and was very solid on defense but had a lot of problems hitting. I saw Rick play against the Cardinals this year and saw his flaws. It was obvious, but that is another story. He is now unemployed and his career may be over.  http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/ankieri01.shtml

The purpose of this article is to urge Rick Ankiel to start working on a return to the mound, and prepare for next year! Rick is only 34 years old and has a bazooka for an arm. I am sure he still has his nasty curve! 

Rick, I urge you to go to the mound and give pitching another shot! Can you imagine the feeling; Rick would have if we can show him that thousands of baseball fans want to see him back on the hill and dominate hitters like we all know he can!

Bob Brown

Big Dog Baseball USA is an organization dedicated to teaching, discussing, and interacting with baseball fans all across America. Our goal is to teach, explain and promote the game to the masses!

Big Dog Baseball USA will have former Major and Minor League Baseball Players as contributing writers. We are looking for players that are in business for themselves, contractors, or to write for a cause.

One person can make a difference but when you get many pulling in the same direction it can create a tidal wave of success!

 

 

Writer: Edward Richards Profile

Edward has a strong passion for baseball. At an early age he took a liking to the sport and played first base during his playing days. In 2003 he was hired as an assistant camp counselor at the Dan Duquette Sports Academy where he coached children between the ages eight and eighteen. He also directed summer tournaments and was named the assistant camp director in 2008.

He played four years of high school baseball, America Legion Baseball, and college baseball at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA.

In 2009 Edward relocated to Durham, North Carolina where he spent the 2009 MiLB season working with the Durham Bulls Baseball Club. Edward worked as a stadium operations intern as he watched the Durham Bulls take home the Governor’s Cup and the Triple A National Championship.

Edward continued to pursue a career in sports until he accepted a job with Baseball America in 2010. He was promoted to the sales team in 2011 where he excelled in his first year.

Residing in Hoboken, NJ with his girlfriend, Emily, Edward continues to pursue a career in sports. He is currently the National Advertising Sales Manager for Q3 Capital Services, a sports consulting firm based in Del Ray Beach, Florida.

Along with a passion for baseball, Edward is also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and enjoys running.

MLB Home Run Baseballs Authenticated

This could be a terrific ongoing promotion for Major League Baseball Teams! This idea is a win for players, team, sponsors and most of all the baseball fans.

Imagine you are at Busch Stadium watching the Cardinals play and you are sitting in the bleachers. The Cards are down by two runs and there are runners on first and second. The Reds have the home team down to their last out. Matt Holiday is up at the plate with the count 2-2 and the fans are going crazy! The Red pitcher is Aroldis Chapman the flame throwing lanky closer. Holiday has fouled off four pitches and then all of a sudden Chapman throws a pitch down and in the middle of the plate. Holiday takes a mighty swing and the ball is hit deep to left field and it is coming in your direction. You calmly set your adult beverage in the cup holder so   not to spill it, and then you put your baseball glove on and get prepared to catch this walk off home run! The ball is coming directly to you and you confidently reach up to catch the ball “using two hands” and the ball glances off your glove and goes directly to a Reds fan three rows back!  The fans are going insane and you are happy but disappointed at not catching the baseball.

An attendant comes down to the Reds fan and asks her if she wants to have the baseball authenticated and of course she says yes even though she is not happy!

As you are leaving the stadium your buddies are giving you some verbal abuse for missing the ball hit right to your glove! They are laughing and poking fun and you half halfheartedly go along with the torment.

The game winning hit is broadcast on the local and nationwide sport stations for all viewers to see you missing the ball and your long face. The TV screen will show you over and over with the look on you face and your friends laughing hysterically at your failure!

Now we are going to get serious and discuss what can happen next with the home run baseball. The attendant will lead the fan to the authentication area on this level of the stadium. This is where the fan will meet the team employee that is trained to authenticate the baseball. The procedure will normally be done very fast because the game is usually still in progress.

The authentication will have a circular label that will go on the baseball. The label will have a serial number, Cardinals logo, date and the hitter’s name. The fan will also receive a certificate with the date, hitter, pitcher, count, inning, and the score at the time of the homer. There will also be a photo taken with the fan holding the ball and certificate. The fan will also inform the authenticator where he is from.

The team could also invite the fan and his party down to a designated area after the game to have the player autograph the ball in person. There could also be pictures taken. This would be some terrific publicity for the home team.

A sponsor can be involved and give the baseball recipient a gift certificate for their restaurant or another business. The restaurant could find a place to put the picture of the fan in their place of business, maybe close to the register.

When a home run is hit during the game it can be announced in between innings who the lucky fan was and where they are from. The field announcer can lead off with the sponsor’s name and then come in with the fan information. This will also be done on the TV and radio broadcast.

The team can charge the sponsor for advertising per home run. I would put on the big screen once a week all the winners and where they are from. The announcers would also do the same on the air.

There can be a drawing once a month for a fan to win two free baseball tickets to a future game! The drawing will be coming from the fans that are in the home run baseball promotion.

There can be a contest in November to see who will win a trip to spring training. This will take all of your home run winners to be involved. They will do a two minute or less video about why they should win the trip to spring training. The fans of the team can go online and vote for their favorite video. This is a good project to have a travel agency involved to handle the details.

This is a terrific promotion that could be put in place for a long time!  

Bob Brown

Big Dog Baseball USA is an organization dedicated to teaching, discussing, and interacting with baseball fans all across America. Our goal is to teach, explain and promote the game to the masses!

Big Dog Baseball USA will have former Major and Minor League Baseball Players as contributing writers. We are looking for players that are in business for themselves, contractors, or to write for a cause.

One person can make a difference but when you get many pulling in the same direction it can create a tidal wave of success!

 

 

Wong pickoff 4th game 2013 WS

Kolten Wong  pickoff last night was an uncalled for mistake! His run meant nothing at all. The tying run was Beltran at the plate! He was told the exact situation. This should not be done at the youth level. I was past this situation until I saw the interview with Wong after the game and he said this “Not at all. I was just getting ready, getting aggressive,” he said. “It was a hitting situation. Carlos, he can drive the ball. If that ball got down somewhere, I was hoping to go first to third, maybe score.” He also said he was hoping to score on a hit and be aggressive! Wasnt he taught how to play the game as a kid! You take a conservative lead because the run means zero! Beltran is everything! I wasnt happy with the play but his comments afterwards really bothered me.

One person can make a difference but when you get many pulling in the same direction it can create a tidal wave of success!

Bob Brown

Get on the Diamond and make a Difference!

Big Dog Baseball USA is offering some spectacular deals to get our writers on base. This action will give us the exposure across the country that will help everybody involved. It is time to take action and get involved and to grab your territory!

The special deals are listed below for our future writers.

Former MLB players will be able to join Big Dog Baseball USA for FREE!

Ex MILB players will be free for the first 20 that sign up. Number 21-100 will be half price $50.00!

Business People with hitting and pitching facilities will be free for the first 20 that sign up. This will be for the first year and then the regular price of $100.00 annually. 

Regular Business People will be free for the first 20 that sign up. This will be for the first year and then the regular price of $100.00 annually.  Number 21-100 will be half price $50.00!

Massage Therapist Pros will be free for the first qualified 20 that sign up. This will be for the first year and then the regular price of $100.00 annually.  Number 21-100 will be half price $50.00! The first 20 to qualify will need to have some writing experience or ability.

We have had so many people that expressed interest in coming on as writers they now have a great opportunity to be involved! Everybody will need to go to the Former Players a writers link. Fill out the Application and copy and send this to us in an email. We will then get you set up as a writer for Big Dog Baseball USA! http://baseballcommentary.com/write-for-us/former-players-as-writers/

This offer will be sent out to the masses by the end of the week, so it is time to act! Big Dog Baseball USA is very unique and once we get everybody writing there will be a lot of exposure for everybody involved. We will run a press release all across the country once we get 40-50 writers.

We are all going to work hard to make a difference in baseball and life for a lot of people! I would enjoy talking to everybody to explain more of this unique opportunity!

Thanks

Bob Brown

573-308-9999

Check out Big Dog Baseball USA Marketing Plan Link: http://baseballcommentary.com/2013/10/marketing-plan-for-big-dog-baseball-usa-writers/

Update 10-23-13 Future Writers,

Our website is setup to take payments and what needs to be done is to copy the application to an email to Big Dog Baseball USA or to Microsoft word.  Then fill in your information and then email. This is the only way we can do this, I have enclosed the form

Application to be a writer for Free for Big Dog Baseball USA

Name of Business:

Owners Name:

Address:

Phone Number:

Email Address:

Web Address:

What is your business and give a short description on how your business can help our readers. This will go after each article, and needs to be short but informative. Your link to your business follows this information.

Tell us something about yourself, and career.

One person can make a difference but when you get many pulling in the same direction it can create a tidal wave of success!

Bob Brown

Baseball Individual Goals or only Team Goals?

This is a follow up on an article titled “Baseball a Team or an Individual Sport” I had a little disagreement from a former MLB player on this issue a while back. We discussed the game numerous times on emails and also a couple of phone conversations. The conversation was going very well and I was excited to have this gentleman in agreement on how to improve the game. Then I sent him the article Is Baseball a Team or Individual Sport?  This did not sit very well with him at all as I think he had the opinion that I love selfish players. This is so far from the truth and I will explain my view and would love to see a lot of comments.

I love the challenge of giving players individual attention and to set the bar high, but attainable. Coaches, parents and teachers need to bring out the rugged take charge attitude and to expect the most from players and students! We want the players when they are on the diamond to say hit the ball to me, because they feel they are the best. They have the confidence because they have taken 100s of ground balls, because of working in small groups or individual drills.

Our players understand with the with a runner on second base and no outs, our hitter will know that he has to hit the ball to the right side, so at minimum he moves the runner over.  They will do all they can to try to get a hit to the right side. Our players will work hard in practice to do this correctly. This needs to be worked on at practice, and will be discussed in a later article.

What needs to be pounded into each player is they have to work hard to be the best individual player they can possibly be on the diamond. Our players will get there with individual drills, praise, and setting goals. They need to have the confidence that they are the best at their position and can go as far as their ability will take them. That is what a good coach does he sets goals for and challenges each player to be the best that he can be in life and on the diamond! When the individual player feels good about his ability, this helps the team to reach their team goals!

We are going to be pounding in education for our players as they are playing the game. Teachers have to push the average student to reach for higher goals and to work the C student to get the B or above grades! Coaches are like teachers you need to work players as individuals to bring the most out of them. We are responsible to our players to explain the importance of getting their education. Here is an article I wrote on this subject – Education for our Athletes

One of our goals is to improve the coaching at all levels, and I feel we are getting some very good people on our team. We do need to have everybody on the same page on this subject. Big Dog Baseball USA is going to make a difference in how the game is played and how it is taught at all levels.

We are going to discuss the youth levels and what needs to be done to prepare the players for the high school level. I have some connections that will be checked out on teaching coaches and them earning certificates for completion of their programs. Here is an article on coaching youth baseball. Great Information on Coaching Youth Baseball

It is important for the coach to find the best positions for the players to succeed at this level and also at the high school level. Every player should be able to play at minimum of 2-3 different positions.

The coach needs to pound into the individual player the importance of him to be the best player he can be on the diamond. For example if you have a stud shortstop and the team is taking infield practice, he needs to be pushed. Yell out to him and say you have a chance to be a very good shortstop at the next level and maybe all state! Push him to get the ball in the hole and gun the runner out at first! Get excited and say that is the way you play the game! If he has a problem going up the middle, you work him hard as an individual and give him confidence he will improve.

The catcher is working on drills throwing out the runner trying to steal second base. You explain to him when he is behind the plate he has to want the runner to try to run. He dreams about gunning the runner out at second base! You pound this into him that he has to want it! This is individual work on the ball diamond.

Then we proceed to the ball being thrown to second base. The shortstop or second baseman will be receiving the ball. This is individual talent and has to be practiced. I worked all my players on a drill of receiving the ball in the dirt and making a quick snap tag. This was always done after they got their arms warmed up. I would also take my infielders to second base and would stand close to the mound and bounce the ball and they would be expected to catch the ball and make the snap tag. There is a natural tendency on these drills to start the glove low and go up with the bounce and then come back down to make the tag. This is not the way it is done, they need to start high and come down for the ball and make the tag all in one motion. My players were 12-14 years old and were very good at this, because of individual drills. Push them and when they succeed give a lot of praise, laugh and have fun with them.

My first baseman Brett was excellent at scooping the ball out of the dirt, because I gave him a lot of individual work on getting the ball out of the dirt. I would throw him the ball in the dirt from close to the mound and challenge him! This one time he was smiling as I was throwing the ball like a bullet and he was coming up with the ball like a MLB player.  I was smiling and acting like I was getting mad because I couldn’t beat him! This is pushing the player as an individual.

A good coach needs to push each individual player to be the best he can be on the diamond and with this he is helping the team to win. My goal at the youth level was player development for the next levels and for my players to want to win as a team. I coached to win but wanted to teach the players the proper individual and team fundamentals to be good players.

Here is an example, we were in the field and there was shot to third and RP dove and fielded the ball cleanly and made a low throw in the dirt to Brett at first and the runner was called safe. The runner was probably out, my coaches gave the ump some grief and I said I had no problem with the play because our guys made a great play!

The high school level is the same as the youth except you pound into certain players their potential to play at higher levels. In the cage and batting practice you push the players to use the whole field if they want to play at the next level. The coach is constantly on the players to do their best to be all state and say they have potential to play at the next level or above. Push them and you need to hustle, teach and be enthusiastic. Article on high school coaching-Coaching High School Baseball/  Article on hitting program: The Best Hitting Program in America

When you sell the players on the importance of individual drills and the importance of being the best player they can be to help the team win, you have succeeded!

A good coach has individual meetings with his players before the season starts to discuss the player’s potential and what it means to be a team player. You are going face to face with the player and you will say Jeff you are a very good hitter and I want you to shoot for a 400 batting average this year and gun out more than half the runners trying to steal! Mention that he has a high ceiling and has potential to move up to higher levels. It is all up to you how far you can go in baseball. Be firm and enthusiastic in your conversation with all your players. You do the same with all your players and discuss their role, individual potential, and how important it is to be a good teammate and play for the team.

College level is the same as the above but you discuss with the individual player about his ability to play at the professional level and to be an All American or All Big Twelve! Set the individual goals for the player to strive for in the current season. The coach will say to the player that he will do whatever he can to get him ready for the pro game, but he will still need to play as a team. This will be stressed to the player to play as a team, if he doesn’t he will be taken to the wood shed!  Short article on college coaching-Coaching College Baseball/

The professional is next and I will discuss a couple of situations that occurred late in the Cardinal regular season.

The second to last day of the season Matt Holiday got a hit to reach 300 for the season and I think he hit one more time and walked, and was taken out of the game. Then he didn’t play the last game in order to secure his 300 batting average. I had no problem with this because each player needs to set his individual goals at all levels!

Matt Carpenter was sitting on 199 hits for the season and everybody was pulling for him to reach 200 hits! What is so bad about a player wanting to reach 200 HITS in a season? I think it is an individual ambition for a player to do his best to reach 200 hits within the team goal. I think he had 3 games to reach 200 hits and could not get another hit, Cardinal fans weren’t happy and I am sure Matt wasn’t jumping for joy! Watch how the Cardinals play as a team, but with a lot of individual goals and hard work!  Here is the previous article-Is Baseball a Team or Individual Sport?

Big Dog Baseball USA and our baseball family will make a difference in the game on the diamond and also to promote the game to the masses!

Here is some good information – Big Dog Baseball USA Words of Wisdom- Words of Wisdom/

Thanks

Bob Brown

Big Dog Baseball USA is an organization dedicated to teaching, discussing, and interacting with baseball fans all across America. Our goal is to teach, explain and promote the game to the masses!

Big Dog Baseball USA will have former Major and Minor League Baseball Players as contributing writers. We are looking for players that are in business for themselves, contractors, or to write for a cause.

One person can make a difference but when you get many pulling in the same direction it can create a tidal wave of success!

Marketing Plan for Big Dog Baseball USA Writers

I have broken this information down to our Hitting and Pitching Programs, Business Writers, and Massage Therapist. There is some information that I have duplicated, but take your time and read all the information from all three groups. It is a must for all groups to know what the others are doing. A lot of the ideas from another group will help you in your group. We will be a team and what we all accomplish will benefit everybody!

The importance of education, character, hard work, and improvement of play will be accentuated.  We are going to make a difference!

Marketing Program for Hitting and Pitching Programs

Big Dog Baseball USA and all of our writers are a family and are determined to make a difference. Our main concerns are to improve coaching, develop players, strong character, education, and promote the game to the masses! We will be communicating among ourselves with our ideas to assist each other in their business.

You will be promoted from our website with a profile, interview, and any other way I can assist our writers. A tab called “Meet our Writers” is where your profile will be located. There will also be a tab that will be a directory of our hitting and pitching facilities all across the country. We even have a source that can be used as an article writing source.  http://ezinearticles.com/?cat=Recreation-and-Sports:Baseball

We will promote all of our writers on Twitter and the LinkedIn groups. I am developing a following all across the country and will be looking to add a lot more. Currently I have good contacts in Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnati in the Twitter community. I do have all the MLB clubs that I work and will pass on our articles where I see fit. New writers will be announced on Site, LinkedIn, and on Twitter.

You will be exclusive to your area and is up to you to be active and promote your business to your community. Radio and yellow page ads are expensive and does not reflect your personality to make a difference! You will hear me say “Make a Difference” all the Time.

It is time to get after it and build your business! First thing that needs to be done is to visit your local high schools and colleges and introduce yourself and business to the head coach and his assistants. Express to them that you are available to help their athletes to be better players. Give these guys some of your time to discuss your views on your specialty. Go out to the diamond or cage and show them your expertise. I would show up at a game or practice and let the coach know well in advance.

If you are a former MLB player and you appear at a game, this will be some super exposure for your business. This can be done as a promotion for the baseball program. The coach can let the opposing team know that you will be at the game. You will be there to analyze the players and get with the coaches later. After the game is when you will really shine, you will sign autographs, pictures, and tell stories. While this is going on you can hand out your business cards to those that are interested. Let all know that you would love to work with their sons.

This is just awesome for all of our business people to get out in the community and promote your business! Discuss other players and tell funny stories. Laugh and have fun because you want to make a difference!

This level is more important than the high school and college levels. This is where the game begins and we need to really concentrate on the youth baseball. Our writers and coaches are going to make a huge difference in creating enthusiasm, knowledge, and a passion for the game at this level!

Each league will have a meeting to discuss the coming season. This is where you need to show up and meet all the coaches. Before the association meeting begins you get in front and introduce yourself to the group. You go through your credentials and explain that you are there to help the coaches develop players.

Tell them that you would like to have a coach’s clinic to discuss baseball. This will be held on a Saturday before practices start for the players. I would go out to the diamond and really get after it! This is where I shine; I love to be on the diamond and instructing what needs to be done to be a successful coach, and teaching the players.  Have a lot of fun and show your personality. You can use your staff of coaches to really put on a show and impress all that are involved. This needs to be planned in advance so there can be an audience of parents and players.

After the clinic is over you will need to talk to the parents and players that were in attendance. MLB players can sign autographs and mingle in the crowd. Do not be in a hurry, you need to show sincerity and desire to improve and promote the game! You will need to have a table with brochures, business cards, and any memorabilia you may have.

MILB players you will do the same and will really need to tell stories about who you played with in the big show.  Talk about the bus rides and the life in the minors.

Business people and everyone can bring up who was influential in their baseball life. It is important to stress to coaches and players the value of getting a good education and to try to be the best that you can be everyday! You will be a walking billboard for baseball coaching and promoting the game! Do not rush, it shows insincerity! There will be a lot of parents that want to talk to you and ask all kinds of questions.

I would suggest to the association to run this as a fundraiser and grill hot dogs, brats and hamburgers. I would also serve something to drink and have parents volunteering. This could be a big community function if there is an ex MLB player involved. The association needs to let the community know about this special event.

It is a good idea to stay in contact with all of your baseball connections in your community. This is not a onetime deal; you need to glad hand and always be available! Show up at games and practices every once in a while and have some fun. Baseball is fun, so enjoy yourself, it is contagious! We will make a difference!

I am very excited about the next subject and I am sure you will be very enthused! We are going to offer our writers an email program that will increase your exposure. We will organize this for our writers and work with our email marketing company to get some excellent results.

I am going to give you some examples of how this will work and how you will benefit. Our goal is to save you a lot of money and to increase your business.

The first example is we have a massage therapist in a suburb of St. Louis Missouri, and she has her territory. We have another 9 writers in her area and they want to get their name out. These writers can be insurance agents, investment advisors, or any other business. The companies will all be grouped in on the same program and will share the cost! You will get a lot of bang for your buck.

Another example is we can have 5 massage therapist or hitting facilities separated in the St. Louis area. We can run them all in the same email program, because they will not be competing against each other. We can target our emails, as an example baseball enthusiast! I just love this and believe we can do very well!

You can name your group and have a BBQ as a company or a group! Think about your group advertising together in the local paper website or news print! There is so much that can be done as a group to keep your costs down and to get a lot of exposure! We will help all of our writers as much as possible!

It is important to grow our writers as fast as possible so that we can form our groups. Our main writers are former players, business people, massage therapist, college baseball players, and soon to be chiropractors, and Drs. for athletes. Once we have about 50 writers on board then we will run our press releases all over the country! There is no other business that is doing what we are doing! Big Dog Baseball USA will be getting a tremendous amount of exposure all over the country! The writers will be coming in and wanting to be part of our family.

Another way to make connections is to join the chamber of commerce in your area. The chamber is a way to rub shoulders of fellow business people in your community. This is an endless opportunity to make some friends and increase your business. These business people could be a very good source for advertising at your facility. It is a must to get some adverting in you building. Good advertisers would be restaurants, ice cream shops, sporting goods stores, or any company that would like to be exposed to young athletes and their parents. It is very important to stress that you are involved with Big Dog Baseball USA. This will work to your advantage and also for the rest of our writers.

There are also other organizations that are perfect for a business to spread the word. I am talking about the Lions, and Optimist Clubs in your area. These are business people that get together to talk business and raise funds for needy causes.

You can have deals for signups that receive a gift certificate from an advertiser. The advertisers will love the idea to get more business and exposure. The recipient of the certificate will just love to get something for free! There are so many ways to work with your advertiser that will help both of the businesses.

A website is very important to sell your business and to keep your baseball community informed. Sell ads on your site, I have a source that will do it all automatically! I would like to have a link on your site and a poster in you facility to promote our business. This will help all of our writers and advertisers. There is also a need for a newsletter that will be sent out at minimum of once a month.

Our Big Dog Baseball USA website will be moving up fast with Search Engine Optimization. This will go fast because of all of our writers putting up quality material. It is very important to have your personal site move up in the Google Rankings! Here is an article and a business that will help us all move up in the rankings. 17 Types of Content That Google Will Eat Up

http://www.marketingprofs.com/articles/2013/10121/17-types-of-content-that-google-will-eat-up

This is something I will be doing and my writers can do the same, is to have a You Tube Channel. I want to have a weekly show that I discuss what has happened in baseball and also what is going on with Big Dog Baseball USA. I want to know all of our writers and for people to know there is a face to our company. When I get the channel up and going there will be a lot of teaching and fun and it would be best for our writers to do the same. This will be the perfect way to do and give interviews. This will benefit our writers to share interviews with other writers. For example if Edward up in New York gets an interview with Derek Jeter on his channel, we can inform all of our viewers and readers to go to the site.  We can all work together to help one another!

When it comes to interviews it is important to do them different than everybody else. There are many candidates that can be interviewed for your You Tube channel. Here are some that would love to be on your show, youth, high school, and college coaches. How about a former or current professional player. Everybody needs to have fun with this and to also have some good information.

Your business needs to have your own magnets, cooler cups, pens and etc. It would be super to come up with something catchy or different to go on a t shirt with your company logo and name. Hats, t-shirts shorts, and jackets are a must.  Business cards and a nice brochure are important tools that need to be handed out.

Check this link for sign up and more information-http://baseballcommentary.com/write-for-us/former-players-as-writers/

Marketing Program for Business Writer

Big Dog Baseball USA and all of our writers are a family and are determined to make a difference. Our main concerns are to improve coaching, develop players, strong character, education, and promote the game to the masses! We will be communicating among ourselves with our ideas to assist each other in their business.

You will be promoted from our website with a profile, interview, and any other way I can assist our writers. A tab called “Meet our Writers” is where your profile will be located. There will also be a tab that will be a directory of our hitting and pitching facilities all across the country. I even have a source that can be used as an article writing source. http://ezinearticles.com/?cat=Recreation-and-Sports:Baseball

We will promote all of our writers on Twitter and the LinkedIn groups. I am developing a following all across the country and will be looking to add a lot more. Currently I have good contacts in Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnati in the Twitter community. I do have all the MLB clubs that I work and will pass on our articles where I see fit. New writers will be announced on Site, LinkedIn, and on Twitter.

I am very excited about the next subject and I am sure you will be very enthused! We are going to offer our writers an email program that will increase your exposure. We will organize this for our writers and work with our email marketing company to get some excellent results.

I am going to give you some examples of how this will work and how you will benefit. Our goal is to save you a lot of money and to increase your business.

The first example is we have a massage therapist in a suburb of St. Louis Missouri, and she has her territory. We have another 9 writers in her area and they want to get their name out. These writers can be insurance agents, investment advisors, or any other business. The companies will all be grouped in on the same program and will share the cost! You will get a lot of bang for your buck.

Another example is we can have 5 massage therapist or hitting facilities separated in the St. Louis area. We can run them all in the same email program, because they will not be competing against each other. We can target our emails, as an example baseball enthusiast! I just love this and believe we can do very well!

You can name your group and have a BBQ as a company or a group! Think about your group advertising together in the local paper website or news print! There is so much that can be done as a group to keep your costs down and to get a lot of exposure! We will help all of our writers as much as possible!

It is important to grow our writers as fast as possible so that we can form our groups. Our main writers are former players, business people, massage therapist, college baseball players, and soon to be chiropractors, and Drs. for athletes. Once we have about 50 writers on board then we will run our press releases all over the country! There is no other business that is doing what we are doing! Big Dog Baseball USA will be getting a tremendous amount of exposure all over the country! The writers will be coming in and wanting to be part of our family.

A website is very important to sell your business and to keep your baseball community informed. This is the place you promote certifications, awards, and special deals. Keep this fresh and with updates that concern your community and clients. Ask your clients if they can be on your site as a referral and a quote. Google massage therapist jokes and you will get some ideas. It is important to have your own newsletter that will be a monthly edition and to be able to send updates to your clients periodically.

This is for your writing, website, newsletter and updates is to stress what is in this for your client? There is a need to stress the benefits to your clients. What I mean by this is to imagine a rough day on the job and to know this is the week you receive your one hour of relaxation, to get away from the stress. We have a massage that will help the business person get through his week.

Our Big Dog Baseball USA website will be moving up fast with Search Engine Optimization. This will go fast because of all of our writers putting up quality material. It is very important to have your personal site move up in the Google Rankings! Here is an article and a business that will help us all move up in the rankings. 17 Types of Content That Google Will Eat Up

http://www.marketingprofs.com/articles/2013/10121/17-types-of-content-that-google-will-eat-up

Another way to make connections is to join the chamber of commerce in your area. The chamber is a way to rub shoulders of fellow business people in your community. This is an endless opportunity to make some friends and increase your business.  It is very important to stress that you are involved with Big Dog Baseball USA. This will work to your advantage and also for the rest of our writers. There are also other organizations that are perfect for a business to spread the word. I am talking about the Lions, and Optimist Clubs in your area. These are business people that get together to talk business and raise funds for needy causes.

Your business needs to have your own magnets, cooler cups, pens and etc. It would be super to come up with something catchy or different to go on a t shirt with your company logo and name. Hats, t-shirts shorts, and jackets are a must.  Business cards and a nice brochure are important tools that need to be handed out.

Check this link for sign up and more information-http://baseballcommentary.com/write-for-us/business-owners-as-writers/

Marketing Program for Massage Therapist

Big Dog Baseball USA and all of our writers are a family and are determined to make a difference. Our main concerns are to improve coaching, develop players, strong character, education, and promote the game to the masses! We will be communicating among ourselves with our ideas to assist each other in their business.

You will be promoted from our website with a profile, interview, and any other way I can assist our writers. A tab called “Meet our Writers” is where your profile will be located. There will also be a tab that will be a directory of our massage therapist all across the country. I even have a source that can be used as an article writing source. http://ezinearticles.com/?cat=Health-and-Fitness:Massage If you use Ezine articles, it would help you to write a little introduction to the article.

We will promote all of our writers on Twitter and the LinkedIn groups. I am developing a following all across the country and will be looking to add a lot more. Currently I have good contacts in Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnati in the Twitter community. I do have all the MLB clubs that I work and will pass on our articles where I see fit. New writers will be announced on Site, LinkedIn, and on Twitter.

Our MT Professionals and Former Players will be the center of our marketing program. Once we get down the road our massage therapists will be the main pull once we form our groups. The group program is defined later in this plan!

It is time to get after it and build your business! First thing that needs to be done is to visit your local high schools and colleges and introduce yourself and business to the Athletic Director. After you have met the AD then see if you can meet the individual coaches. Express to them that you are available to help their athletes to be better players. Give these guys some of your time to discuss your views on your specialty. I would give a free massage to the athletic director! You don’t think he will share how you made him feel better and more relaxed. Make sure you leave them your business card and a nice brochure.

Take notes about each person that you met and keep the information in a notebook. You will need to make a visit about once a month to share your news and thank them for their business. If there is no news just drop by and hand out  some scratch pads.

The chances are the baseball teams have banners on the fence for advertisers. You can advertise and also work to be declared the official team massage therapist. At the home games you will be there to get the starting pitcher prepared to face the opposition. I would stay for the whole game and become part of the team. I bet with you doing volunteer work the banner will be free!

At the concession stand and where the fans arrive have your business cards and a nice brochure that will be professionally displayed. Everybody in the park will know that your company is in the dugout and doing a great job on the players. I would make sure that you are in some kind of uniform and periodically you can make the rounds and talk to the fans. They will want to know what you are doing and you can explain your capacity with the team and then hand out some business cards. I will bet that if you work hard, have fun and act professionally you will be able to work some of the other sports and pick up a lot of parents business!

On your website, brochure, and flyers you should state that you are a local youth sport supporter. You should work to have banners at as many parks as possible. I would start with one and grow from there.  If you can sponsor a team with their jersey and your company name on the back would be super.

I would have the parents put their name on a piece of paper so that you can have a drawing for a free massage! You can have the drawing at the end of a game in a couple of weeks. This will be the team drawing and you will need to make sure you have a couple of photos of the winner and his family. The photos will be put on your website for all to see! I would at the time of the drawing give all parents a $10.00 gift certificate for a massage! You have created an event that will be fun for all involved. If you have a local paper, it would be smart to let them know in advance you are running a promotion after this certain game for a local team. They may show up with a photographer to cover this event.

I would go to the local apartment complexes and introduce yourself to the apartment manager. Explain how you can help their tenants and that you would like to put a flyer on their bulletin board. She will also receive a free massage, and you know she will spread the word!

Give group rates to teachers, coaches, players, retirement communities, and apartment complexes.  This can draw in groups of people and they will feel special to be part of that particular group.

Entice clients to sign a contract for so many massages for a certain amount of time. Your client would love to receive something of a high perceived value. You can barter with local merchants and help each business, in the process. I would have a table near your register or waiting area that has the business cards or brochures of other companies that you are working with. Each of these merchants will be helping each other to increase business.

We can start with the local restaurants, everybody loves deals from their nearest eating establishment. I would plan on walking into the business at the slow period, and ask for the owner or manager. Have your business card and flyer or brochure ready. You will need to introduce yourself and say that you have a great idea how they can both receive more customers. Then you say, I know you are very busy and would love to set an appointment for a meeting about this exciting project!

On the day of the meeting you will explain you are looking for some local merchants that want to work together to increase business for all. You will offer a free half hour massage to the owner or manager once a week. They will then provide you with a gift certificate for $25.00 off on all orders over $50.00.  The $25.00 will be a promotion for your clients to sign a contract. This could be just awesome, think if you can get 10 businesses working together. The restaurant will be advertised on your table in your shop. You will also have a business card or brochure spot in his business. This project could also be worked through the local chamber of commerce. There are so many different ways this can be worked and I am here to help you along the way! This is just an example of what can be accomplished; something similar can be done with other businesses.

I am very excited about the next subject and I am sure you will be very enthused! We are going to offer our writers an email program that will increase your exposure. We will organize this for our writers and work with our email marketing company to get some excellent results.

I am going to give you some examples of how this will work and how you will benefit. Our goal is to save you a lot of money and to increase your business.

The first example is we have a massage therapist in a suburb of St. Louis Missouri, and she has her territory. We have another 9 writers in her area and they want to get their name out. These writers can be insurance agents, investment advisors, or any other business. The companies will all be grouped in on the same program and will share the cost! You will get a lot of bang for your buck.

Another example is we can have 5 massage therapist or hitting facilities separated in the St. Louis area. We can run them all in the same email program, because they will not be competing against each other. We can target our emails, as an example baseball enthusiast! I just love this and believe we can do very well!

We can run a flyer with the group that can be handed out by the group members. We can organize this along with the email program and some help from group members. We can do so much more as a team and help each other!

Another way to make connections is to join the chamber of commerce in your area. The chamber is a way to rub shoulders of fellow business people in your community. This is an endless opportunity to make some friends and increase your business.  It is very important to stress that you are involved with Big Dog Baseball USA. This will work to your advantage and also for the rest of our writers.

There are also other organizations that are perfect for a business to spread the word. I am talking about the Lions, and Optimist Clubs in your area. These are business people that get together to talk business and raise funds for needy causes.  All of the business people and the everyday stress will increase your business. I would have a drawing once a month for a free half hour massage, can you imagine how this will spread and the potential for more regular clients.

A website is very important to sell your business and to keep your massage community informed. This is the place you promote certifications, awards, and special deals. Keep this fresh and with updates that concern your community and clients. Ask your clients if they can be on your site as a referral and a quote. Google massage therapist jokes and you will get some ideas to entertain your readers. It is important to have your own newsletter that will be a monthly edition and to be able to send updates to your clients periodically.

This is for your writing, website, newsletter and updates is to stress what is in this for your client? There is a need to stress the benefits to your clients. What I mean by this is to imagine a rough day on the job and to know this is the week you receive your one hour of relaxation, to get away from the stress. Explain how you can get your client away from the stress of everyday life. We have a massage that will help the business person get through his week.

Speaking of business and massage they go together like peanut butter and jelly. This is a natural for us to jump ahead of the competition and build a good solid business. In most offices you go into there is movement but also a share of sitting in a chair in one small area.

What if a company could have a massage Friday once a month or perhaps every Friday? A gentleman I talked to recently said he did this for his employees and the production increase was obvious. The employee can still be working but can be getting a first class back massage at the same time! This will help morale in the business and the productivity will increase. This massage can be done for all businesses whether an office or auto dealership. The workers will love the massage and the management will be happy with better morale and production.

This could end up being part of a Christmas bonus program or a special spiff for employees as a reward for a job well done. It can be an incentive for the company to reach certain figures. Try to work out a contract to be at the business once a month or whatever the boss decides.

The decision maker will receive a free massage if they participate on a regular basis. This will spread like a wild fire, with everybody involved telling their friends and family! The workers that receive the free back massage will book appointments at your shop down the road.  They can be enticed to receive a massage because you have your group and restaurants that you are working with to offer them a gift certificate.

It is important to make calls on these businesses and to develop a relationship. You will need to draw a radius around your shop, and strategically pick out about 10 businesses. The larger the number of employees the better, this will save you gas and your precious time. The best kind of company to start with is a business office. This works out well because they can still work from their station or office and receive a back massage.

An auto dealer would be a good client also, as a lot of them are owned by one individual. This means the word will spread real fast; I would target the dealerships that have more than one lot. What will need to happen is if you decide to work all the lots you can keep them all or hand the ones over to another MT if the distance is too far. You can communicate with another MT and suggest for her to get over to this other dealership. It is better if you can concentrate on several in your area and stay close to your business for the employees that want to book massages.

I would make another appointment to see the general manager after you have booked a contract to be there so many times a month. This appointment will be made after you have done your work several times and you have received some excellent reviews.

The nature of this appointment is to explain the benefit of using your company as a bonus for the sales people. This could be the icing on the cake, and it could be for the most sales for that given month. This could be run on a scale where the top dog gets a free massage! Number 2-5 the company can split the cost 50/50. This is a win for all that are involved!

Once this program has been run successfully you need to meet with the GM and explain the next project. Why not a free massage for any customer that buys a car? This could be a promotion that is run at all times or certain times of the year.

How do you get your foot in the door of these businesses? I would be prepared with scratch pads, pens, mugs and magnets. Then you will need a nice professional brochure and business cards.  These are all important tools for your business and should be with you on each call. You will need to have these tools in your car and ready for action.

The first visit it is very important to walk in and introduce yourself to the receptionist and hand her your business card. Be a professional but have fun with your conversation. Explain to her that you have an exciting business massage program for her company.  Ask her if she would enjoy a back massage once a month. Then you listen to her response, which will be positive. After she enthusiastically answers she would enjoy a massage, you reply I bet all your coworkers would enjoy our business massage program.

Then ask who would be the contact person to discuss what we have to offer your company. She will give you his name and you ask if she can deliver some material for him to check out. See if you can receive a business card for the contact person. Explain that if there are any questions the person in charge can give you a call; otherwise you will touch base in a couple of days to discuss the program and make an appointment.

You will then leave a couple of scratch pads and maybe a magnet, and then you are on your way!

It is important to sell yourself and to be very excited about the program that you hope to implement with this business. Sell your expertise, certifications, professionalism and most of all enjoy yourself! Enthusiasm is contagious and you will have the secretary on your side and she will tell others in the company about her experience with you! The employees will be your best selling tool!

After a couple of days you give the decision maker a call and introduce yourself. I would say how happy you are with the program that he will be introduced to in the meeting. Stress benefits for his company with better morale, and production. This will be a back and shoulders massage and guess what, they can still be working at their desk! You will then schedule the appointment and then you tell him you are looking forward to explaining the massage benefits for his company!

On the day of the meeting arrive 15 minutes early and if possible have a little chat with the receptionist that you met earlier. When you walk in to meet the boss you are prepared, and you greet him and give him your business card. This is the time you go through your presentation on how this program will benefit his business. The brochure he received earlier will go through in detail the benefits of using your company as a massage therapist.

You will need to find out how many employees are going to be participating. It will be best to figure an hour to an hour and a half for the first company massage and probably 5 minutes per client. Then before you give him what the cost will be, it is very important for him to receive what the employee massage will feel like and do the whole 5 minutes. You will at this time explain what you are doing and the benefit this has for better health, and relaxation.

After you have completed the massage and he is all relaxed and feeling like a champ! You will then explain the cost and the benefits for his employees and business. You will not high pressure for a contract but will recommend a business massage appointment to prove how well this will work for his business. When he accepts your proposal, you will then award him with a restaurant gift certificate. You should have available $10-$25 certificates for this business. There will be other options from others in your group that can be used as an award. Others in your group will have your company gift certificates available to use like you are doing with this company.

The business massage date is when you will be at your best! When you are doing your work there is a need to be quiet if the employees are in their work mode. After you are done hand over your business card, referral card and a flyer and say thank you. When you are done with your work, if possible you can say goodbye to the decision maker.

I think there is a need for a referral program to reel in more business. A referral card that a client can fill out and pass out to friends and family who have never been a customer of —-. The new client will receive $10.00 off their first visit! When this new client comes in to your shop for an appointment and presents your referral card, they will go into a file and they will receive a $10.00 credit towards their next visit! These credits can build up for future massages! You can also offer your restaurants and other company’s offers from your group.

The groups can share offers with each other, for example buy a life insurance policy and receive a free massage. The MT Pro and the insurance agent can figure out the logistics of the promotional offer. There can be a lot of offers being worked between hair salons and our MT Pros! It would benefit everyone to get together every month or so and discuss ways to market as a group. I will be able to help on some of the special events.

Our Big Dog Baseball USA website will be moving up fast with Search Engine Optimization. This will go fast because of all of our writers putting up quality material. It is very important to have your personal site move up in the Google Rankings! Here is an article and a business that will help us all move up in the rankings. 17 Types of Content That Google Will Eat Up

http://www.marketingprofs.com/articles/2013/10121/17-types-of-content-that-google-will-eat-up

Your business needs to have your own magnets, cooler cups, pens and etc. It would be super to come up with something catchy or different to go on a t shirt with your company logo and name. Hats, t-shirts shorts, and jackets are a must.  Business cards and a nice brochure are important tools that need to be handed out.

Run a contest once a month and let everybody in your marketing group in on the project. This could be a drawing for a free massage or a deal from a merchant in your group. You could buy some baseball tickets and have a contest to select the winner. You can ask a player to write a story about the person or persons that was influential in his baseball life. You will have your web viewers vote on who had the best story.

The non athletic customers can have a drawing and at a certain time the card will be pulled out of the box and the winner will receive a free massage, coffee cup, t shirt, or something from another member of your group!

All of these promotions will have a photo taken and will be viewed on the company site. Use all of these occasions to promote your company and the group.

You can name your group and have a BBQ as a company or a group! Think about your group advertising together in the local paper website or news print! There is so much that can be done as a group to keep your costs down and to get a lot of exposure! We will help all of our writers as much as possible!

Here is an article about getting our MT Pros into the MLB dugout, this is a goal and it will help everybody with their business! http://baseballcommentary.com/2013/07/baseball-massage-therapist/

I am offering a referral program for all of our writers! Our business people refer a writer and they sign up to be a part of our exciting business, we will give a $10.00 credit or a check for the referral! The credit will go to paying the next year’s annual fee or if there is no fee you will receive a $10.00 check!

It is important to grow our writers as fast as possible so that we can form our groups. Our main writers are former players, business people, massage therapist, college baseball players, and soon to be chiropractors, and Drs. for athletes. Once we have about 40-50 writers on board then we will run our press releases all over the country! There is no other business that is doing what we are doing! Big Dog Baseball USA will be getting a tremendous amount of exposure all over the country! The writers will be coming in and wanting to be part of our family.

Check this link for more information and sign up- http://baseballcommentary.com/write-for-us/massage-therapists-as-writers/

Big Dog Baseball USA has the goal to improve baseball in the dirt and to promote the game to the masses! This will be accomplished with our baseball family working together! We will work our tails off to help you grow your business, and with all of us writing and working together we will move up fast with the search engines.

We are introducing a referral program for our writers to invite other writers into our Big Dog Baseball USA family. This will help us grow fast and to be able to form our groups as soon as possible. The sooner we form our groups the better it will be for everybody. This can be a local business or a company anywhere in the USA.

We will give a $10.00 credit or a $10.00 check to a referral that joins our organization. This does not include college writers or those that write for a cause.

This is the opportunity you have been looking for to be able to buy a new house, car or go on that well deserved vacation! This is a total team effort and with our groups being formed Big Dog Baseball USA will put your company on the road to increased business. I am always available to discuss over the phone what we can do to make things better. I would love to get to know everybody and to also discuss what we will accomplish. We will make a difference!

Welcome to our writers-http://baseballcommentary.com/category/writers/

Agenda for Big Dog Baseball USA- http://baseballcommentary.com/category/information-for-writers/

Update 10-12-13

Big Dog Baseball USA will have a tab that will say Meet Our Writers, but it will be broken down to Professional Players, Business, Massage, College Players, and Causes. Each writer will have a profile.

This is important for writers that have speciality items, for example books videos and etc. We will have a specialty tab, I will review the product and  it will be seen by many readers!

Update 10-21-13

Here is a testimonial from a baseball man about our marketing program, on Linkedin. Michael Williamsen Thanks Bob, I read this, and tagged it as a favorite to go over a few more times. This is a marketing GOLD MINE!!

 

Thanks

Bob Brown

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Big Dog Baseball USA is an organization dedicated to teaching, discussing, and interacting with baseball fans all across America. Our goal is to teach, explain and promote the game to the masses!

Big Dog Baseball USA will have former Major and Minor League Baseball Players as contributing writers. We are looking for players that are in business for themselves, contractors, or to write for a cause.

 

One person can make a difference but when you get many pulling in the same direction it can create a tidal wave of success!

Bob Brown