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Matthew Gaeta | Average To Savage EP117

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This is the one hundred and seventeenth episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring MLB agent Matthew Gaeta. Paul Guarino talked with Matthew Gaeta discussing how he became a baseball agent, awesome stories about his clients, and his first client making it to the MLB.

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This podcast interview with Matthew Gaeta was originally recorded on January 21, 2021

...this'll is the average to savagepodcast with Paul Guerrino. Everyone in anyone athletes, celebs andmuch more so up, everybody. I'm back for anotherepisode. The average savage podcast or special guest today is Matt Gaeta. Matt,how's it going? It's going well. Paul. Thanks for having me on, man. Two yearsin the making, Like you've been saying it has been. You've been you've been,want me on the show for a while, and it is my first separate podcast. So I hadto come on. Yeah, definitely. I mean, that's what I like to dio. I'd like tohave exclusive interviews. Uh, eso Why not with you? Um I know we know eachother for I don't even know how long now. Maybe, like, four or five years.Um, I can't. I was just thinking about it. I don't remember exactly howconnected I want to say it was. It was linked in originally, I think it wasinstagram. It was when I first opened the agency in 2016 and chasing Mata,one of my first clients, he came across some of your T shirts, wanted me toreach out, and that's sort of how we linked up. Oh, for sure. Yeah, that wasThat was dope. Yeah. Chase, Uh, r i p to chase. That was, uh, appreciate him.Yeah, that's how. Actually, now, now I recall that's how we got connected. Hewas always rocking it. I always appreciated him for that. Yeah, yeah,let's just I mean, while we're on the topic like, how did you How did you gethis first meet? Like, how did you first meet him? So me and chase. So when I first openedthe agency in 2016, it was March or April. I had maybe three clients at thetime and came across, um, film of him on minor league baseball dot com andwent on instagram and followed them and looked at his entire profile page onInstagram saw how family oriented he was, how passionate he was aboutbaseball, how you know, Chase living life freely, doing it his way, and allhis vibes really connected with my core values with the agency. And I messagedhim and he messaged me back. We set up phone call, and I mean, from there, wejust hit it off. And our first time meeting up was 2016 high a All Stargame at the Florida State League and literally within maybe five minutes ofmeeting him. It kind of felt like you knew him your whole life. You just knewhow to make people feel welcome and comfortable. And I mean, from thereit's it's pretty much history. We we were used my first guy that I wentthrough free agency with, uh got a resigned by the Phillies to go to bigleague camp and the Yankees and Tigers. So we went three for three. And I mean,I literally Oh, chase a lot, uh, building and building GSM and being theagent that I am today without him, undoubtedly, I'm not here. I'm notdoing what I'm doing. He was easily one of the first credible clients that Ihad that trusted me. Eso early with his career, especially going through therigors of even just minor league free agency and solidifying a contract,that's definitely not easy. And he placed his trust in me, and we builtdefinitely brotherhood type relationship. So Chase is definitelyparamount in me being who I am today. Yeah. Yeah, definitely. Like I feltlike I knew him to be honest, like even just like his post and all that stuff.It was just always, always a good, good vibes. Um, now, just going back, backin time. Now, obviously, I knew you were You were a baseball player growingup, you played baseball at N Y u Like when? When When was Usually I askpeople, When was the moment they knew they could go pro. But for you, I wantto know when was the moment you didn't gonna go pro. But you knew you wantedto work in sports, though, so I always thought growing up that I was gonna bea major league baseball player. Like every child growing up who plays asport and is dedicated to it. Um, my...

...dad was the one who instilled the loveof baseball in me. I was actually a big hockey player growing up, my mom wouldwake up before I am and drive me to the rank and all that sort of stuff. So sheshe still brought me the batting cages and whatnot when I was growing up. Butultimately, she wasn't too sad to see me hang up the skates because no morefour AM calls to the rank. But baseball, Um, always knew that I truthfully wannawork in baseball. Um, once I sort of around high school early on in college.That's when I started to grasp the business side scouting side of what itreally takes to become a professional baseball player at the affiliated ranksand knew that I was good. But I wasn't that good, Um, in terms of what Iwanted, the ah ha moment of becoming an agent. Um, probably I got older nervetransposition surgery, which pretty much means I blew out the nerve in mythrowing elbow on had surgery my freshman year of college, and to thisday, it's still kind of not fully healed. But during that time, I reallyimmersed myself in the business side of baseball in learning about thecollective bargaining agreement, the joint drug prevention treatment program,everything that really an agent and then l B p. A certify agent would needtohave a za knowledge base. And just between my love for baseball. Ah, lotof my professors at N. Y. U who I developed incredible relationships withCharlie Grantham, who was one of the first heads of the N B. A union. He wasextremely paramount in me, becoming an agent with his guidance and tutelage ofhow he went through the sports industry, and Professor Cameron Miler, who was aformer Olympian who was by professor at N Y U as well. Um, those two definitelyinstilled in me the practical teachings to be able to open up GSM and and theconfidence is as well as my parents. But once I sort of realized sophomoreyear that baseball wasn't in the cards anymore, I did something completelyunconventional. And junior years signed up to take the MLB P a agentcertification exam. At 21. I walked in and had a quick silver T shirt on andJordan sweatpants, and I think it was blue Nike Pegasus running shoes and Iwalked in and they give you a name tag because before you take the exam, yougo through a process of, um, the study period, where they go over like, what'son the exam, what study for and all that stuff. So when I went to go checkin and get Magnin tag, one of the people at the front desk goes Oh, ifyou're waiting for your dad or Mom, you can wait outside thinking that I was akid and I said, No, I'm actually here to take the exam So that's Ah, that'smy fun story of how I kicked off my agency career so quickly change thetires. You could see also repping your shirt e like that that Yeah, that'sthat's that's hilarious. And I think that's like the biggest myth. I think alot of people think you have to have your law degree, which is which isfalse. Yeah, you don't need tohave it, um n y u my major was sports managementof concentration sports law. And actually, I'm in the prosthesis rightnow of I've been in it for the last two years getting my law degree. I go toNew York Law School Evening division program so still able to fully operatethe agency and the business. But on my...

...own time, getting that law degree justfurther enhance my credibility in the business and for my client's bestinterests. But, I mean, that's definitely a misconception is you don'thave to have it, but it z helpful to have it. Um Yeah, Like how did you likehow, like even at 21. How did you know you were able to take the test likewhile you were still in school? Um I was gonna e con class and I was reallybored, to be quite honest. And I started just drawing my logo. Andreally, that's when I started Thio. I was paying attention. Kind of notreally going on in the e p a website looking at the requirements when I sawyou didn't have toe have, um any sort of three age limit qualifications? Um,I just signed up. I filled out my application for a background check andwanted to pass the background check. I got the date to take the exam and Itook it. And in the meantime, while waiting for the background check andeverything Thio check out in that process to continue, I built a businessplan. Uh, did my logo, um, targeted what players? I wanted Thio target incertain leagues and sort of just built my brand and business plan sort of, um,during my junior year of N y u. So that would have been winter fall winter of2015 going, It's 2016. And that's sort of how everything in fruition Yeah, wayahead of the curb, for sure. What about? Like how? Like, how did you approachlike the very first client you got? I don't even know who was the very first.So this is a great story, actually. So the first client that I ever signed hisname was Bret Dough with the Minnesota Twins. And he ultimately led me to NickAnderson. Who, Uh, this was my first bigly client. But Brett was a catcherat Lo Wei with the Cedar Rapids kernels in the Minnesota Twins organization andhad a little bit of time at high a Fort Myers miracle and follow them onInstagram and gm them and said, Hey, I just open up my own agency. I wanted tosee if you're available to talk. This is what I believe in. This is how I goabout my business. This is how I assess players and how you know my philosophy.My guidance can better help enhance your career. And he was all about it,and we scheduled the call. And within a day, I had my first client three weekslater, he actually ended up getting released. Just cause roster crunch, andwe still stayed in very, very close connection. He ended up being thebullpen catcher Triple A that season went into coaching on a year later in2017. He hit me back up and he said, You're probably gonna want to take alook at this guy. His name is Nick Anderson and I played with him at Low a.Um, he's a dude. He's got stuff and, you know, falling on Instagram or theothers. If I'm on Instagram or here's his number And he gave it to me and Ireached out to Nick and the United States in contact for eight months andnever had an agent before. And we just developed a relationship of justtalking. And then ultimately, um, he texted me right after spring training,2017, and he said, Hey, uh, are you still interested? I said 1000% and bookthe flight literally the next day, and at that time I had never flown to see aclient. I've only done on phone calls. Um, still young in the process didn'thave any big name guys. So when certain...

...guys who were a single, a double A werelike fly out to see me. Never really got the vibe that this player is goingto be worth it. But Nick and I had stayed in contact for eight months anddeveloped styled relationship to the point where, from character standpoint,person standpoint, I would do anything for him. And I also felt my heart ofhearts that he was going to be a force in the majors. So dropped, I think, 850bucks on one way ticket, because I literally got it five hours. It was thebest $850 I've ever spent on a one way ticket to Tampa, Florida, because hewas playing the Tampa Yankees at High A. Met up with him at a Holiday Inn, wherewe had pizza at Thesis Ports for that was attached to it. He walks out of theturnstile doors. I just remember looking up thinking this dude is goingto step on May and he was a gentle giant, super nice. We hit it off andthe rest is history. But yeah, my first client, Brett Dough, ended up linkingme up with Nick this why I needed to have you on. Let the people know thatit was like that. It's not. I mean, obviously, it's how everything's hard,but like they need to see that that it is possible for people to just you justdid a one 1000%. I mean, it's not. And did anybody who starts something new,even like yourself? I'm sure there are moments of doubt sec creep in that. Isthis work that can I do it? And I mean, you know, God willing, God bless, I'veI've done well with the agency in the five years that it's been going knockon wood. Same with same with the PG brand and you blown up a swell. Butit's those early initial years where nobody knows your name. You don't haveany big name clients. You're grinding. You're not sleeping. I remember stayingup until three or four AM just to target certain players. See who'savailable analytically from sabermetric standpoint, who, you know, possessesthe best abilities to continue to make it up the ladder, Um, researching theguys, getting to know them as people versus just numbers, and, you know, youjust have to keep saying to yourself, You put in the work, you have theknowledge, you have the people around you supporting you and the big breakwill eventually come. And for me it happened for 3.5 years into the agencywith Nick and then Randy Domack with twins Rica Garcia on a handful of otherguys who are on their way. But for the 1st 2.5 3.5 years, it's it's grinding,and it's just not accepting the fact that, okay, I'm working my butt off andyou know, some things might not be going my way right now, but I'm in itfor the long haul. It's a marathon. It's not a sprint. You got to stick toyour vision. Stick to what you believe in old, true to your why your purpose,why you're doing what you're doing. And ultimately, you know, Even if you don'treach the goal that you have set out for yourself along the way and a longjourney, you're gonna be able to at least prove to yourself that I stuckwith it and I accomplished a lot along the way, and that's something thatnobody could ever take away from you. Yeah, Yeah, for sure. What about likesince you were so young? Was there any, like, backlash from, like, some playersthat maybe you didn't sign or anything? And they're like like, you don't haveexperience. You're, like 22 something like that. I mean, I had playersinitially who said that, and I always knew that doesn't matter how old youare. I don't care if you're 20 or if you're 50 or 60. If you're getting intothe industry. If you have the connections, if you're personable, ifyou have the suave too, um, you know, be credible in your analytical researchin portraying your client in the best...

...light. Um, age doesn't matter if youwere 50 or 60 and you're out of touch with sabermetrics and don't know thestatistics of what fip or X fit or Sierra is versus e. R. A and Whip,which used to be the old metrics that, uh, teams used to assess playerevaluation for pictures specifically. Then that's just something where Okay,if you went with somebody who might be an older, incredible agency, they mightnot know certain things that air in trends with baseball. Currently, that'swhere I saw sort of. My asset was I just went through all these showcasesof perfect game area codes. Use a baseball and all these baseball outletsthat these guys just went through and having played and having family insports. One of my my biggest advocate, er's and somebody I looked up togrowing up his Bobby marks. He's my cousin. He was the assistant GM for theBrooklyn Nets. Onda worked with them for 20 years. He's now on ESPN MBA. Buthey, was someone who started as a paper boy intern, uh, driving John Caliparifrom the stadium to pick him up at the airport and get his dry cleaning andcoffee and grind it to the top. And with with all of that and having lookedup to Bobby and seeing how he operated on a daily basis, Um, all those sort ofteachings allowed me to, you know, tell future clients. Hey, I'm I'm young. I'mknowledgeable. I've had family who have worked in sports and have excelled, butultimately, and more importantly, what I offer players is transparency in aline of communication where on the sole agent there's no other agent on staff.Um, I grew this from nothing into what it is now. And take pride in that andcompletely open to talking to players, families, wives, girlfriends, cousins.Um, so a selling point to the track from the age miss number of you have tobe older to be a successful agent. That's completely false, because my ageof 25 right now, I've I've already had a client in the world Siri's and havehad amazing stories of success stories of guys signing minor league free agentdeals and and big leaguers and getting them endorsement deals and whatnot. Soit's really just sticking to your vision and and having the lines ofconnections toe quit your clients in the best place and being able to bepersonable and genuine. That's the most important thing People consonant b sfrom a mile away. If you're not genuine, you're not gonna get anywhere. Sothat's that's pretty much that. Yeah. Yeah, for sure. I could totally agreewith you on same way. Same way. Um, also What was it like? I know youmentioned Nick. What was it like when he made the major leagues in that thatthat for people that don't know that makes you like in the playersassociation. Also, yes. So to be a full on certified major league baseballagent, you first have Thio file for the application. Take the test passed thebackground check, passed the written exam, and you have to have a player onthe 40 man. So Nick debuted on March 28th of 2019, which happened to be mybirthday. Oddly enough, there's the story just just keeps going. It writesitself, Um, two days before I was with Nick because we had a feeling he waseither going to make the Opening Day roster or they were going to send himto Triple A because he was on the 40 man at that time just to get reps, waitfor somebody get hurt and then get...

...called up. Um, so ultimately, it wasMarch. I want to say 25th. I was down to Jupiter, Florida, and he called methat morning and said, What are you doing? And I said nothing about to grabbreakfast. Why? And he said, uh, check out of the hotel. We're driving toMiami, and he made the opening day roster we drove down on. I actuallystayed with them at the Marriott that night before I checked into my hotel.But, yeah, that's that was pretty much the story of we didn't know if he wasgonna make it or not. And that was the culmination of pretty much Nick gettingto the point where he was at where it wasn't even handed to him. He shovedthe spring training. If you look at the 2019 numbers at spring training withMiami, I mean, he deserved to be on it. But there's There's a certain aspectsof behind the scenes with front office personnel of putting certain playersabove others for monetary investment reasons. Options. There's a lot thatgoes into it, but ultimately made. It is like the last guy on the roster, andhe debuted on March 28th, my birthday. His his mom, Barb, his dad, Russ, andhis sister, Elissa. We were all down there and we were saying ourselves,there's no way he's going to debut on opening day like he just made themajors and he'll probably pitching like Saturday or Sunday and what do you know?Nick Anderson is warming up in the bullpen. I think it was the sixthinning and he came in first pitch 96 right down the middle and the nextpitch he got there he was Trevor story to ground out to short. And he made hisdebut by throwing two pitches. It was on my birthday was pretty cool. We wentout, was celebrated after, and Yeah, rest is rest. Is that Yeah. I mean,like, all the guys you have. Like, they have crazy stories. And Nick, I know hewas He was working in the off season two because I think as a lot of peopleknow, minor leaguers don't make that much. And, uh and I remember I rememberhe was remember, he was almost gonna get called up the year before. I gotthe, uh, September call ups and we were talking about it. Yeah, Minnesota, He,uh, Triple a. I mean, I still I joke with him. I still remember his entirestat line from Triple A 88 break out 60 innings. I could while you, whichbatter he faced the last game that he threw before September call ups wasagainst the Philadelphia Phillies Triple A organization. He struck outfive out of six batters and I mean, everything happens for a reason.Minnesota's of fantastic organization. They gave him his opportunity toe getinto affiliated baseball where he is now. And they've treated Dove knackwith the utmost respect as well. So, I mean, everything happens for a reason.Minnesota Homegrown. It would be cool if he was in the Twins uniformed, but,um, yeah, everything happens for a reason. You are where you're meant tobe. So that was Yeah, 2018. And then I got traded that offseason to Miami andthen 2019 was when he made his debut. Yeah. I mean, now he's one of the bestrelievers in the game. Hey, got all MLB this year, right? Yeah. First team, allMLB. It's It's awesome. I mean, honestly, Nick deserves it. He's beenthrough so much, and I mean, I consider him a brother. He's stuck with me. Hewas one of my first clients. Do is, I think, eight months into the agency'swhen we started talking and he signed on with me and and stuck with me and,you know, did right by each other and hoping Thio make it a nice 10 yearcareer on his part. But I mean, another awesome story of perseverance have notgiven up of working in the offseason. Odd jobs. Waking up at five in themorning to get just lift in, going toe work, home remodeling and then doing isthrowing at nine at night. And that's what the GSM agencies built off of abunch of grinders. Dove knack with uber...

...driving and doing odd jobs. Ricohworked at a Italian restaurant is a bus boy Matt Peacock, who just got put onthe 40 man actually quit baseball toe work at his dad's sawmill company incollege and just picked up a baseball again, decided to go at it senior yearand got drafted and rode the Waves where he is now. Addison Russ. Whosewas that? The 60 man all set with the Yankees? He's a substitute teacher inthe off season, he was easily the best double a relief prospects. So, I mean,these guys have amazing stories, and it's inspiring. And even the kid MikeAdams, a man I should say he's 26 who just time with the Phillies, who is apitching instructor and teaches a lot of my kids, uh, at his trainingfacility. And he hasn't pitched in unorganized game and probably out offour years is he graduated college, 2016, played in the wall then and builthis own company for pitching performance center, baseballperformance centers. What it's called, then he has. He's quote unquote says, Iaccidentally told myself Throw 98 he went from being a pitching coach to twodays ago when we were initially scheduled to do the podcast and I hadto cancel because he was signing then, uh, a member of the PhiladelphiaPhillies organization and another guy who has a movie asked story. But again,all these guys have absolutely inspiring stories, and that's why I gotinto the agency industries to give. Give these guys a voice, give them,give them something to fight for. And, um, yeah, I give my 100%. They give the100% and, um, it's It's more than just baseball. It's about giving people achance and hope of Well, if they could do it, I could do it. That's how youstarted. You know, your your brand. That's how I started. My agency is wedidn't get guys who were big name clients right off the bat. We had togrind to get where we were. And that's what's all about. Yeah, yeah, for sure.And what about Oh, yeah. And actually, I think I might have seen Mike incollege because, uh, e definitely saw Ben Ben in college. Uh um, so yeah, butwhat about So since now, like, you have a few major leaguers, um, like, has Haspeople been reaching out now to you? Like more? So So, yeah. So anotherinteresting story was So once, Randy, this is getting a little off topic, but,um, my name's sort of started getting known last year once Nick and Randymade the playoffs. And Randy, actually, when he got named game to starter ofthe LDS Yankee Stadium for context for fans viewing, Randy started 2019 seasonat High A Fort Myers worked his way up to the majors that season, which rarely,if not ever happens. And then on top of that, he pitches Game two of the LDSand Yankee Stadium. Um, which is absolutely incredible. So once hisstory sort of went viral. I guess people went thio his baseball referenceor his Twitter and Instagram and saw, Oh, get a sports management. That's hisagency. Well, when I first opened the agency, I put my cell phone number onthere because I wanted people get in contact with me thinking nobody'sreally gonna look at the website. Well, Randi's story went viral, and I startedjust getting a damn phone calls. So you're the uber drivers agent. I get arandy signed ball, so I actually had changed my number because I was justgetting hit up by a bunch of random people. Um, so the in short, yes, once,uh, I got majorly clients. I definitely became known, but in terms of clientele,in word of mouth, Yeah, it's helped. Um, it just shows that I retain clienteleloyalty. My guys that once they reach...

...big, they don't venture off. They knowthat I do a great job for them. I treat them as his family and his humansbefore players and do what's in their best interest. Not in mine. Um, I'vefiduciary duty to uphold my client's best interests, and that's what I do.24 7. They're my brothers, their their family. And ultimately, um, I do myabsolute best to put them in the best position, do right by them, and theresults speak for themselves, and they see that it's genuine and, um, incombination with all those and having the Nixon Randy's. I've definitely hadinflux of higher up players reach out to me in wanting to represent them, andI mean, last off season, I probably had 100 guys reach out to me versusprobably the three years before that in the off season. I probably had maybelike 40 in those 3 to 4 years reach out to me. So definitely once you get bigname guys, but the key is keeping them and go in that, you know, they're stillpart of your family. I don't, uh, take on a guy unless I truly believe that,um, they're great people off the field but have also have the abilities toperform on the field. And, um, once they're playing well, it's not like Igo to the next young guy to make sure he gets moved up. I still giveeverybody the same attention. I go and visit my guys whether it's going tovisit Randy and throwing with him on the high school field in West Virginiaor going to golf with Nick or flying out Thio, Arizona, and hanging out withall my clients out there. So once once they get me, they know that they haveme and I pretty much talk to them every day. So it's pretty cool. Family agencyof we do business, but it's also more than that, So, yeah, definitely. I mean,I think that's what your social media shows. And I think e think that's whyeveryone is attracted to, you know, Um and what about I read in the N. Y. Uarticle? Congrats on all the awards this year. Thank you. And, uh, I sawyou had over 75 clients now. So how do you How do you manage that? Um, I livefor it. I wake up at, like, five or 6 a.m. And I mean, I I am able to balanceit just because it's what I live for. 24 7. I'm glued to my phone. Everybodythat knows me jokes and say he's always on his phone. He's always on this phone.It's It's just my job. I'm always there texting the guys, calling the guys. Um,some guys say, Hey, you, I know you have my best interests at heart. You doyour job like that's why I hired you. But I don't need to be talked to everyday. Like just hit me up every other two weeks and you know will be good.Just keep me informed with what the organization expects of me and gettingequipment and just staying in contact with my family members that want toknow. But ultimately, I don't need to be talked to every day. Some guys needto talk to me every day, and I'm accessible. But ultimately I mean, I Ilive for this. This is my job. This is what I signed up for and this is it'smy craft. I'm dedicated to it. But you have to have passion if you're notpassionate about it and it starts to become monotonous, that's when you knowyou've reached a point where maybe you should do something else. But I plan ondoing this for the next 40 years. Plus, and I love it. It's it's these stories.These guys journeys that gets me going, and it's something where they majorityof my guys, Even though I've some who are international sign ease or highdraft picks, a majority of them have a story that's amazing and inspiring andum, something that I love to be a part...

...of and and want to go to bat for. Andit's analogous to how I came up is an agent and how I was brought up by myfamily of not expecting anything to be handed to me of going out and earningit. And I was instilled by my dad, who was very, very, um, paramount and who Ibecame as a man and professional. I would go to his office on Sundays frommiddle school all the way even until college, when I was rehabbing and wewould go in on Saturdays and Sundays to his office, and I saw how he operatedhis small firm. He's an engineer and seeing him just absolutely grind day inand day out and doing what he did for his customers and his employees on it,it's still the driving me to where I knew if I wanted to be successful, Ihad to put in the work and there was no guarantees of success. But I'd ratherlive with the fact that I gave my own. Maybe if it didn't work out so well.But there's just no regrets and just putting your all out there. So Idefinitely give a lot of credit to my dad as well as my mom because she wasextremely supportive and the agency venture and, um, she always was thereto support made during my highs and my lows. And without those two, I wouldn'teven be talking to you. To be honest, it definitely what about hate to bringit about? Like, what was the past 2020 season like with co vid and then alsowith the draft? Only being was the six rounds. Yeah, it was. It was fiverounds. And then there was a period on Sunday afternoon that free agents wouldbe able to sign for a Max deal of 20 K. it was a shock. I was actually. Whenthe season got canceled, I was playing call of duty with Hobie Harris, who'sanother GSM incredible story. Watch for him. He'll definitely have a greatchance to debut this year with the Toronto Blue Jays and a PT Sportsrapper. Um, but yeah, we were playing. He was playing call of duty. Actually,let me rephrase that, because I stink of video games. He was playing it. Iwas on my laptop and it was spring training, and we got the update thatthe Jazz I forgot to do. The player was tested positive co vid and then littleover. Yeah, a little over 30 minutes later, Silver bang the MBA seasonindefinitely or postponed it. And Major League Baseball didn't come out with anannouncement at that time. So at that time, I people text me saying, Is MLBgonna be on? Is this season gonna be canceled? And I actually played thenext day and I drove down to Tampa because Addison Russ, another PG sportsguy, uh, who's with the Yankees that I wrapped? He was with the Phillies atthe time in big league camp and pitched against the Rays next team, And it wasthat day that they canceled all the games and the postponed seasonindefinitely. So Addison's game against Tampa was the last organized majorleague baseball game before the season started back up in July and right afterthe last pitch, they came on the announcements that Port Charlotte,where the Rays spring training facility is and said due to the Cove in 19Pandemic, the major League baseball season's been postponed indefinitely.For any questions, visit MLB dot com. It felt like you were in a moviebecause everybody was. It felt like people were moving more slowly. Nobodyknew the severity or the magnitude of the virus, how long things were gonnabe. And then in the ensuing days as it got more intense, um, in serious thatit was apparent that Major League...

Baseball But I'm a minor leaguebaseball might not even have a season. And unfortunately, minor leaguebaseball didn't. But it was tough. I had three guys who pitched in themajors this year, and Nick and Randy and Enrico Garcia with the Giants, butfor a lot of the minor league guys that I have, they just grinded at theirhouses. They were doing makeshift bullpens by thrown balls against abrick wall, Um, taking dry hacks in their garages with Wiffle balls. Creditto the minor league baseball players. They don't get the spotlight but nobodyin terms of professional baseball has had it hit harder than the minorleaguers because their development got halted. There was only 60 man rostersable to be, um, formulated during the season. So that left 100 150 plus minorleaguers for each organization having to develop on their own certain stateswith certain state laws. With quarantine, not being able to maybe goto a park, go to a gym versus being in a state that has all that, um, guys hadThio adjust and adapt on the fly and credits all my guys because they bustedit. And some of them, uh, made it significant strides during this one ofthem who has just within Florida. Johnny Schneider with the CincinnatiReds, worked his butt off during quarantine to increases. Vallo, um, gotinvited, Thio instructs, which was a thing for minor leaguers this fall togive them some live game reps. And Johnny went from 93 to 95 96 touchingseven and really worked on his craft. Um, that's just one of a handful ofstories of guys that, um, we're just being constant contact with me of doingtheir thing and working on their game and knowing, Hey, there might not be aseason. But at some point, baseball is gonna come back, and whatever it lookslike, I'm gonna be ready. So shout out to them. Yeah, for sure. Yeah, I'vebeen seeing some of them posts on social media grinding. Uh, and thenwhat about like this season? Like any. I don't think there's been in yourruling yet, but you think there's gonna be like a minor league season. Therewill definitely be a minor league season. And I feel just because I don'tpersonally see minor league baseball being able economically to, uh, withstand back to back years of not having a season, Um, and also from a playerdevelopment standpoint, minor leaguers. The major leaguers that you see nowultimately played minor league baseball s. So it is a pipeline you have tostart somewhere. So in terms of player development and getting the guys thenecessary reps in order to perform at the major league level, it's needed nowwhether it's a full season, it's already even said that, um, double Aand lower affiliates are not gonna be starting spring training on time. Um,that's a given that the season won't have its normal 100 plus games. Butultimately, I still feel confident that there will be a minor league season.Just given all those factors. Yeah, definitely. Ready for some funquestions from average savage. Shoot it. What's your What's your favorite songright now? Yeah, proof I Wow, I'm gonna throw a curveball here.It's my favorite song of all time. Uh, here I go again by Whitesnake said 80song. All right, what's your favorite social media platform? Ah huh.Instagram. All right. Um what about what do you What do you like to do inyour free time work of the agency? I mean, I just Ilove one guy sent me film. As you see...

...on my social media platforms, I'malways posting on my story, their workouts. So their bullpens or they'rethey're hitting off a tee or live babies. So I just like to work more. Ifeel you on that, because people ask me that sometimes, too. And I'm just likelike, I just like to like, I can't not do stuff like I feel like weird if I'mnot doing anything. Yeah, exactly. um, last one. What? What what advice wouldyou give to Ah, a younger person wanted to be a sports agent. Yeah. Um mhm. So the question always be openthio constructive criticism and learning from other people. Even ifthey're your age, if they're even younger than you or older, Um never,never take for granted the advice that your peers could give to you becausethe more info, the better knowledge is powerful. And don't be closed minded tothink that you know everything because nobody knows everything. Um, growing upas a high school athlete, I thought I knew everything in terms of baseballand mechanics and everything and even in college with my coaches andultimately, um, more knowledge. You have to be, um, at your disposal, thebetter off you'll be. So definitely be open toe learning even new techniquesand being able Thio adapt on the fly Things don't go is plan So being ableThio, adapt and continue Thio be open toe learning. Yeah, definitely. Well,that was amazing. I appreciate you coming on and I could do with listenersknow where they could follow you at at Gaeta Sports Mgt on Twitter andInstagram.

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