Jul
01

On To The Next One: Oscar Taveras

Oscar Taveras. PhotoCredit: USATSI

St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras has unfortunately been playing musical chairs with his agents as of late. He has previously been represented by The Legacy Agency along with Rob Plummer & Associates.  He most recently left MDR Sports Management — which he has done multiple times before — for MVP Sports Group, which…
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Jun
12

2014 MLB Draft Pick Isan Diaz Is Latest Top Puerto Rican Prospect For Sports Agency

Isan Diaz. Image from Venomstrikes.com.

Isan Diaz became the highest-selected Puerto Rican player in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft last Thursday after being picked by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round, 70th pick overall. Diaz is represented by Melvin Roman, the owner and CEO of MDR Sports Management.  He is the firm’s third client to be chosen in the…
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Jun
11

On To The Next One: Jurickson Profar

Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar (13) looks on during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

According to CBS Baseball Insider, Jon Heyman, Texas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar has hired veteran sports agent Scott Boras to represent him.  Pro Star Management previously represented the 21-year-old Profar. Profar struggled during the 2013 season, batting only .234/.308/.336 in 324 plate appearances.  Right shoulder issues and a recent Grade ‘A’ arm strain have him…
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Jun
09

Roc Nation Grows Sports Division With Questionable Signing

Rusney Castillo

According to the website Baseball America, Roc Nation Sports will represent free agent Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.  Roc Nation represents other MLB players including Seattle Mariners second basemen Robinson Cano and New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia. If you look at the agency’s client list, which also includes Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant, New…
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May
22

Will MLBPA Discipline Jay Z For Robison Cano $240M Negotiation Meeting With Seattle Mariners?

Recording artists Beyonce and Jay-Z take in the Toronto Raptors at the Brooklyn Nets game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Roc Nation Sports is a sub-division of Roc Nation (full-service entertainment company) in partnership with CAA Sports, and was founded in 2013 by Shawn Carter better known as Jay Z. Roc Nation Sports conceptualizes and executes marketing and endorsement deals, community outreach, charitable tie-ins, media relations and brand strategy. Its roster includes premiere athletes such…
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Apr
22

A Chat With J.B. Bernstein, Sports Agent And Million Dollar Arm Creator

J.B. Bernstein (photo courtesy of Million Dollar Arm)

Million Dollar Arm is a movie coming out to theatres this May, which depicts a real story about a sports agent that created a contest in India that afforded 2 cricket players the opportunity to compete for professional baseball jobs in the U.S. The competition included thousands of people and ultimately led to both Dinesh…
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Apr
21

Former MLB Scout, Curtis Dishman Transitions To Player Representation

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tony Cingrani throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the third inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

It is unusual for an agent in any sport to have had a long and successful career as a professional scout prior to breaking into player representation. However, it may actually make sense because a scout’s role is to analyze the skills and potential of amateur athletes. That same eye for talent is necessary to…
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Apr
16

A Review Of Roc Nation’s Recent Past Working With Robinson Cano

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a sacrifice fly during the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Seattle won 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

“Scott Boras, you over baby. Robinson Cano, you coming with me.” Those are lyrics rapped in Jay Z’s song “Crown” from his album, Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail. Indeed, Jay Z backed his lyrics, signing Robinson Cano as his first major client in 2013. After the signing, Boras mocked Jay Z’s Roc Nation…
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Mar
18

Baseball Prospectus, Issues Concerning Athletes And MiCamp To Host Celebrity Bartending Night

What: Fourth Annual Celebrity Bartending Night When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 (9:00-11:00 p.m.) Where: American Junkie Bar (4363 N 75th St, Scottsdale AZ, 85255) Baseball Prospectus, Issues Concerning Athletes, and MiCamp will host the fourth annual “Celebrity Bartending Night.” Adding to the excitement of this year’s event is renowned play-by-play announcer Daron Sutton, who will…
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Feb
19

Ryan Dempster’s Decision Reflects A Respected MLB Career

Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster walks along Boylston Street during the World Series parade and celebration. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster walked away from the game of baseball for physical reasons and based on his desire to spend more time with his kids. Although Dempster still could pitch, he didn’t believe that he was capable of producing at a level he was accustomed to during his 16-year…
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