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Robert Lara At The Plate

The AZL Padres are sporting an impressive record, and Robert Lara has a lot to do with it.  I just purchased some new Under Armour batting gloves for Lara yesterday (he has busted through two pairs already this season).  As long as he continues to tear up the ball, I have no problem supplying the equipment.  Here is a snippet from Denis Savage of in a piece he wrote this weekend:

AZL Padres (16-6) won 8-2 over AZL Brewers

Robert Lara had two hits, including his 11th double, scored a run and drove in two for the AZL Padres. Lara had been in a 10-for-45 slump but still sported a .435 on-base percentage over his last 15 games prior to Saturday thanks to 13 walks. He has been on base in all but three of the 44 games he has notched a plate appearance.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

2 replies on “Robert Lara At The Plate”

Thanks for the update on Lara and the Dynasty Notes. I am sure most of the readers of this blog want your clients to suceed. You are pretty fortunate that Lara is a stand-up guy who is not asking for much more than batting gloves. I know agents who buy their minor league guys over 30 pairs of batting gloves each year, 2 fielding gloves, 3 pairs of sunglasses, shoes and maple bats…running up near 10 g’s a year. Can you let us know when and what type of players usually get equipment deals (probably free product and not money)…how do the companies make these decisions…can’t you find companies to at least send your guys samples of their bats, shoes and gloves?? What role as an agent do you have in getting Lara called up to A ball. Lara reaching base in 41 out of 44 games is impressive, but as an agent, what other statistics can you put together to show Lara’s value (I’ve never read anything from you or others on this site that really break down statistics like baseballprospectus, hardballtimes, etc.)…please share this knowledge if you got it. I think this is what most players hires agents for (the batting gloves, personal services and connections, and personal guidance can only take a player so far). For recruiting purposes, make sure you are registered with the states and schools…my firend wanted to be an agent but the states wanted some surety bond for $100,000 to recruit a kid. On a side note, I think signing all of the Dynasty staff as independent contractors really takes away from your approach (plus, you can still be held liable for their actions) and takes aways from your potential earnings….you are putting a lot of trust in so many people…I think you should have stuck with your own abilities instead of expanding so much without really having any of those guys representing a professional (as in the big leagues) athlete. And with Lara, aren’t most big league clubs looking for power at that position…the 2B can get the walks and on-base? Just trying to keep this blog fancied with thoughtful dialogue….I hope law school classes are going well (why didn’t you choose better classes than the ones you got?)

From my discussions with various equipment companies, it seems that they will only put deals together with first-year drafted players who are drafted at the top of the board. Being picked past the 15th round, this makes it very tough for Lara to command such a deal at this time. If Lara moves up and looks to have long term potential, we may start getting those deals for him. We may be able to get samples, which is something we may look into in the future.

I have spoken numerous times with members in the Padres Front office about Lara’s current status with the club and his potential to move up. As an agent, we can continue to assess his situation and have discussions with those who are influential in the organization to see when will be the right time for his call up to Class A. I do not have much of an intention of getting into sabermetric type of analysis on this site, if that is what you are asking for.

I have found that signing our employees as indep contractors has worked thus far and do not believe I will be changing it any time soon.

I appreciate the dialogue. You posed some great questions and I hope that I answered in a decent manner. I wrote a post scheduled for today which discusses my law school classes.

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