Hawks Eye View: Hall of Shame?

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The world of social media and baseball blew up yesterday when there was no one voted into the Hall of Fame. This is only the second time in four decades this has happened. It was said that the steroid generation took away from both the hall and baseball itself. Record breakers such as Clemens, Bonds and Sosa didn’t come close to reaching the 75 percent needed to be inducted. What does this say for the future of the Hall of Fame; what message does this send out about steroids; what do you think?

Here are the views of a few of YOUR 2012 Boise Hawks!

“I understand why those guys didn’t get voted because it’s viewed that steroids is cheating, which it is. What I don’t understand is how Biggio didn’t get voted in. He is one of the top 2 second basemen in history, I don’t understand.”Michael Heesch

“I’m upset that no one got voted in because I feel there were some legitimate candidates, notably Craig Biggio and Jack Morris. I do not feel that heavily linked steroid users should have the distinction of first ballot hall of famers. With that being said, I do think the ones who are statistically worthy should eventually be allowed into the Hall of Fame but after some time has passed possibly.”Matt Iannazzo

“I believe that the guys on the ballot this year are well deserving to be in the Hall of Fame based on their performance and impact of the game. However, it’s really important to realize that steroids are cheating and harmful to one’s health. Ultimately steroids were a part of that era of baseball and there were many players using performance enhancing drugs. Although they were cheating, they were the best players and deserve recognition for that.”Stephen Bruno

“I think the Hall of Fame was made to honor the best players of baseball and the impact their individual efforts had on the game. Therefore, if you were a great baseball player in your era than you deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. The steroid was no different from the era of greenies and amphetamines (which players in those eras got into the HOF), it’s a double standard. It sucks for the steroid era that didn’t do any performance enhancing drugs because it negatively impacts them and their perception (like guys question whether they did or didn’t and therefore don’t vote for them), guys like Craig Biggio that did everything he could possibly do to get in. There’s no way of determining past and present players of who did what. You have to put the players that deserve to be in the HOF, in the HOF, plain and simple.”Eddie Orozco

“It makes a huge statement. If you cheat, you’re not getting in no matter how good you are. I’m not sure how I feel on not letting guys in based only on suspicion. But if your under suspicion for so long then there has to be good reason for it. If they were truly clean then they wouldn’t be under heavy suspicion.”Carlos Escobar

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#WhatCanUBecome

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It’s been just one week since YOUR Boise Hawks left Boise for home. For some it had been a year since they had seen their families and for others a few months, but in either case YOUR Boise Hawks were looking forward to seeing their friends, family and getting the taste of a home cooked meal. In the short time the boys have been home, they have lived it up hitting the beach with the boys, taking the parents out to dinner, and playing with the niece and/or pups. While some of the boys went home knowing that they didn’t have to leave again until spring training, others knew that they had just one week with their friends and family before they would be back in Arizona for instructs.

For a lot of our young guys the day of travel came yesterday as they left their families once again to leave for Arizona. Today, September 17, 2012 begins the 2012 Instructional League for our young cubbies. Twitter has already flowed with their travel experiences and excitement to be back with some of their friends and teammates.

The Instructional League will start off with the normal one-on-one instruction, practice, with actual games beginning September 21. With YOUR 2012 Boise Hawks being the youngest team in their league, the Instructional League gives them the time, coaches and tools to look into specific aspects of their game and prepare for the next season. YOUR Boise Hawks participants include Jose Arias, Nathan Dorris, Pierce Johnson, Juan Paniagua, Willson Contreras, Justin Marra, Lance Rymel, Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, Jeimer Candelario, Marco Hernandez, Dan Vogelbach, Albert Almora, Trey Martin and Carlos Escobar (half of the final Boise Hawks 2012 roster).

Before I was able to talk to any of the guys there was one tweet that caught my eye from Chicago Cub, Dave Sappelt, “Just took BP with Albert Almora, the man’s looking good. #WhatCanUBecome.” Seems like a compliment on talent from someone who has already made it to the “Bigs.” What will these guys become? I will keep you updated throughout the post-season and on …

Here are a few updates on some of YOUR 2012 Boise Hawks

Carlos Escobar never got to go home. He was sent to Arizona for rehab just before the playoffs were over and will be participating in the Instructional League but not for another two weeks while he waits for his ankle to heal.

Rock Shoulders flew home, spent two days with his family and then went to Orlando to visit his friends. He also seemed to enjoy the time home with his pups! He will not be going to the Instructional League this season.

Ian Dickson was quickly thrown into college courses as he works to finish his degree. He has 12 weeks left in this “semester,” and will finish his degree in a future off season. Ian just celebrated his birthday September 16 and will not be in the Instructional League this season.

Eddie Orozco has enjoyed his family more than anything as well as his friends. He has found it hard to take his attention off of his niece but has still managed to make it to the gym and make time to hangout with friends. Eddie will not be in the Instructional League this season.

James Pugliese has been hanging out with his friends and family and enjoying his home cooked meals, although he says he misses Judy’s home cooked meals as well. He will be going to sign up for a class today, September 17, and will start lifting and running this week. “I’m excited.”

Bijan Rademacher was only with us for a short time in Boise but I figured we could use an update on him as well. He is currently in the Instructional League after finishing his season and spending a week at home. He had the chance to spend time with his family and work on his game before reporting to instructs. “I didn’t play as well as I had hoped but overall I look at my first season in pro ball as a success.”

Michael Heesch was caught off guard when I asked if he would be able to read to the children for KeyBank Reading Tree tomorrow, his response, “We could do it over FaceTime.” He is doing great and just as caring now as he was when he was still in Boise. I caught him on his way back from a fishing trip with his father. “It is nice being with my family, I miss playing every day though.”

Hayden Simpson has been spending plenty of time with his friends and family but Rianne Herron, his fiancé, seems to be most excited about his time home. “It’s been amazing to have him back home! He’s finally got to spend time with his soon-to-be niece. She was born at the end of April and he’s finally getting a chance to see her and spend time with her. His entire family and mine are so happy he’s back home for a while and having him back has taken a lot of stress from planning the wedding off of me! Plus it’s nice to be able to go on a date that doesn’t include a computer, Skype, or FaceTime.” The happy couple will get married before spring training on December 15, 2012.

Some will become graduates, some husbands and others uncles but they all will be returning to Spring Training 2013 and taking the next step in their journey to the Big’s figuring out just what they can become! I wish them all the best of luck in all they do and fans, I will continue to keep you updated as there is more to report.

YOUR 2012 BOISE HAWK AWARD WINNERS

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At Saturday night’s game we announced the MVP, Cy Young and Community Players of the Year. We ended up having 2 MVP’s, Daniel Vogelbach and Stephen Bruno, Cy Young, Tayler Scott, and 2 Community Players of the Year, Michael Heesch and Eddie Orozco.

Bruno and Vogelbach were fortunate enough to have their father’s here to share in the moment receiving their awards and were both happy to accept them. Bruno’s father, Steve Bruno, said that he feels very privileged for the opportunity that the Cubs have given his son.

Scott had one of the best season’s anyone could ask for and was also lucky to have his parents here to see him receive his award. He is a young player from South Africa who moved to the states, alone, when he was just 16 years old. His mother and father have been here to support him throughout most of the season. “It felt great winning it my first year with the Cubs. Couldn’t ask for a better season and I’m grateful and excited to have won the Cy Young this year.”

Elizabeth Griffin and I had the opportunity to award a Community Player of the Year award but we weren’t able to pick just one. We had 2 guys who were always willing to go on appearances, offered to do autographs and read for the KeyBank Reading Tree events. Not only were they willing to make the appearance but they did it with smiles on their face and positive attitudes. It was always apparent that they wanted to be working with the children and talking with fans! Michael Heesch and Eddie Orozco stole the hearts of many, especially one little boy, Phoenix, who I liked to call their “biggest fan” at the KeyBank Reading Tree events.

“It’s an honor to receive an award for the off the field aspect of this game because we are in a position, as players, to go out and positively influence the lives of others as well as give back to the community that is supporting us. This award shows the positive influence of my family and UCR on my life to go out and give back to the others and the community and it’s something that I really enjoy to do.” Orozco has a 7 ½ month niece at home he is anxious to get back to as well as his mother, brother, 2 sisters, a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law.

Tonight is the start of the best-of-three Northwest League East Divisional Series. We take on the Yakima Bears in hopes of winning the first series and moving forward to the final championship!

Getting the “Big Kid” to the Big Leagues!

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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!” This is a quote by George Bernard Shaw that I believe rings true for YOUR 6’5,” 245 pound, Boise Hawk, Michael Heesch. Heesch is a big kid at heart and has a welcoming hand for his fans. He doesn’t care what the activity is, he just enjoys being out with the people who are supporting him and his teammates. “I remember how big of a deal it was to have a professional player speak to me as a kid. I try to put myself in their shoes and I know they look up to us.”

Heesch has been on a few appearances since being here in Boise, and by a few I mean the majority. He never needs to be asked; he is the first to volunteer, never complains and always has a smile on his face. From signing autographs pre-game, to eating lunch at an assisted living facility, Heesch is committed to his job, both on and off of the field.

Growing up in Chicago, Heesch always dreamt of being a professional baseball player for the Chicago Cubs. “I’ve been a Cubs fan my whole life and did a history project on Wrigley Field.” He got started in baseball with a tee ball bat his sister had laying around, played college ball at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and is now with the Cubs organization here in Boise. “Just to get drafted was cool, but being a fan for so long and knowing you have a chance to help make or break the team was great.”

If he wasn’t playing baseball, his time would be focused on being a high school history teacher. “History wasn’t a favorite for anyone in high school; my goal was to make it fun again with movies, activities, etc.” One of Heesch’s favorite off-season activities is to read. “It’s peaceful and relaxing.” He has participated in 2 of the 3 KeyBank Reading Tree events we have had this year and the kids love him. Heesch enjoys reading history books along with The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings.

Heesch is a happy guy. He says that part of his success is to “Focus on details and hard work, but the ability to not over analyze things.” He tries to joke as much as possible and he doesn’t let himself have a bad day. “Some people complain about the long bus rides or the heat outside, I’d rather do this every day for the rest of my life than have a 9-5, behind the desk job.” No complaining.

Fun Fact: He still watches Disney movies, cartoons and wishes he could be Batman (still at the age of 22).

Most Shocking Fear: “Massive swarms of bugs.”