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It’s been almost a year into his retirement but Commissioner Emeritus Selig is still hard at work advocating the game of baseball and curating its history.
This semester, he’s teaching a class at UW-Madison called “Baseball and Society Since World War II,” which culminated today in a visit to Miller Park.
The 22 students who, over the course of the semester, had the unique experience to learn the history of the game from a man who was instrumental in shaping it, took a bus to the ballpark this afternoon.
The first thing they did was visit the Selig Experience.
I tagged along with the group and it was almost surreal to see the history unfolding through the story in the exhibit while sitting in such close proximity to Selig himself.
Not unlike watching a DVD of a movie with the actor’s commentary piped in, Selig interjected his own remarks here and there while the students watched the show. For instance, near the beginning, he pointed at an old black and white photo that appeared on screen and explained, “That’s my mother.”
Following the Selig Experience, the group made its way to the Media Interview Room, where they heard from two special guest speakers: Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger and General Manager David Stearns.
Schlesinger gave the students some background on the business side of the Club, covering topics like market size, television revenue and how we connect with our fans, while Stearns discussed his philosophy and approach to the baseball side of the business, touching on items like statistics and the MLB Draft.
In particular, Stearns noted that it was a statistics course that he took from Professor Carl Morris at Harvard that helped to stoke his interest in the analytics side of the game and emphasized how lucky the students are to have Selig as their professor.
“I imagine you’ve had an incredible semester,” Stearns said to the students. “It’s a pretty unique experience and it must be extremely illuminating.”
When asked to give advice to the class, Schlesinger stressed communications skills and relationships.
“Be an incredible writer. Writing is still the most important tool on the business side that we use,” he said.
“Once you get your first job it’s important to make connections. This is really a people business. Connections will help you in furthering your career and also in attracting talent to come to your organization– build relationships. The three biggest things are communications skills, perseverance and connections,” he emphasized.
Echoing that, Stearns noted, “I would also add persistence. A lot has been made that I’m 30, but it took me three internships to get my first full-time job. You can’t get down on yourself if it doesn’t work out. You just need to look for the next opportunity.”
Following the Q&A, the group received a tour of the Brewers Clubhouse and got to visit the dugout and field.
As it was the last day of class, many students seized the opportunity to pose for photos with their professor and some even had him autograph baseballs.
Selig, who is also a part of Marquette University’s Sports Law program, said his favorite part about teaching is just being with the kids.
“This is a great group of kids. They’re smart. I hope my next group starting in January is just as good.”
Good morning and happy “Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday” (#WCWW)!
Yes, it’s Wednesday again and the bullpen is back…and this time, with friends from the Wisconsin Badgers Men’s Basketball team.
Two weeks ago, we announced the exciting addition of the Brewers Baseball Academy, presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.
And now, I’d like to introduce Tim Rappé, Executive Director of the Brewers Baseball Academy, who, from time to time, will be a guest blogger on John and Cait…Plus 9 (plus Tim)!
Tim Rappé (ruhPAY) is a veteran of the youth camp business as a result of 17 years with the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls. Tim created and managed the youth player development program for both teams and served as president of the most respected summer camp program associated with any professional team in the country. He also served as president of the Bulls/Sox Training Academy from inception in 2001 through December of 2011.
Tim attended Brookfield Central HS and was an All American sprinter at UW-Madison. He was a draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds. With his background and also, as a father of five himself (whose oldest son played baseball at Virginia Tech and his oldest daughter plays softball at Ohio University), Tim is passionate about teaching kids “the greatest game on the face of the earth.” He promises to do no less for the kids in Wisconsin.
So now, without further ado, here’s Tim!
In case you missed the news, recently the Brewers announced the launch of a summer camp program entitled the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy. I am beyond honored to have been selected to serve as executive director of this new chapter in Brewers history. In future posts I will discuss a variety of topics – primarily instruction-based, but in this initial entry I want to make a couple very important points regarding what you can expect at a Brewers baseball and softball camp.
First, a confession….Quite often professional teams roll out sports camps that are more about creating a sponsorship opportunity with actual instruction taking a back seat. This promise I will make about the Brewers Baseball Academy: Our mission is to create the finest baseball/softball camp in America for kids in Wisconsin. Our success will be measured by how much your child improves from Monday to Friday. And, incidentally, we intend to have a blast along the way. Fun is an essential ingredient in the learning process and we’ll have a double dose of that.
So, if you have a boy or girl 6 to 14, have we got a camp for you! And it doesn’t matter if he or she is picking up a bat for the first time or is the stud shortstop on a select travel team. They will have fun, they will get better, and along the way, create memories that will last a lifetime. How cool is that?
We’ve got terrific sites in the Milwaukee area, Sun Prairie, Kenosha, Appleton, Oshkosh and Green Bay.
Check out all the details at www.brewers.com/camps to find out how you can be part of the inaugural year of the Brewers Baseball Academy. Or you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time, don’t forget: “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”