So the final answer is Independent ball, again.
After a loooooonnnnngggg month home after my release from the Tigers I have joined the Grand Prairie Airhogs of the American Association. This will be my second stint with them. I joined them after I had shoulder surgery with the Oakland A’s back in 2008.
For the past month I have been staying in shape throwing, working out, and running. My agent and I were trying to find the best scenario going forward to help my career. I was very open to going overseas to Korea or Taiwan, but unfortunately no jobs opened in our time frame. It also was too early in the minor league season for most teams to sign any new players, so our only option was independent ball.
For most of you who are not familiar with “indy” ball it is very similar to minor league ball. The main differences are the salary and roster limits. We travel by bus (actually a sleeper bus, with tvs, and wi-fi), get meal money, and play in nice cities with beautiful ballparks. Our ballpark here in GP is 20 minutes from Dallas and 15 minutes from Arlington. The stadium is 4 years old and has a enormous restaurant/bar with 40+ flat screen tvs in it and we have a swimming pool in right field.
I’m very excited to get this season going. I’ve been itching to play for the past month, especially having to watch baseball on tv and following my friends online with their teams. Hopefully I’ll do well for myself and the team and get picked up to play affiliated ball again somewhere. We seem to have a great team on paper with some quality players who have played at advanced levels of affiliated ball. The season opens up at home on May 12 and the games can be viewed on the website http://www.airhogsbaseball.com.
I’ll be back to updating the blog as much as I can, hopefully weekly. My twitter will have pictures and videos from the stadiums and cities we visit as well. Feel free to comment or email me any questions. Thanks for the continued support everyone!