The Baseball and Business Podcast

The Baseball and Business Podcast

By Baseball and Business
Created by players, for players. The mission of Baseball and Business is to empower current and former pro and college players to reach their full potential on the field and in business.

Our podcast gives current and former players a platform to share from their journey in baseball and business.

Visit our website at BaseballandBusiness.com or our Instagram page @baseballandbusiness.

Podcast Host: Founder of Baseball and Business and former college player, Luke Melms
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Ep 28: From Hitting White Pearls to Chasing a White Coat - Jonathan Melms
Former college player and current medical school student Jonathan Melms shares from his journey on the field and how this has prepared him for his biggest test on Episode 28. Here are the highlights from our conversation…1. How juggling being a student-athlete at Macalester College prepared Jonathan for med school by being at an academically challenging school while playing baseball 2. Why having the right motives when chasing a significant goal can be the difference between success and failure 3. The importance of creating "teammates" beyond baseball 4. Why creating new dreams around the balance of passion and making the money needed to live the lifestyle you want is a key to balance...Jonathan's story shows that life after baseball can allow us to set our sights on significant goals beyond the field. Baseball and Business is really just another way of saying baseball and whatever life is beyond the field. This is a great example of one of many paths beyond the game. 
30:40
July 24, 2019
Ep 27: The Transition - Luke Melms
The transition from playing baseball to business can be one of the most challenging situations that we as baseball players face. This week former college player and Founder of Baseball and Business Luke Melms shares a few questions that have been emailed in recently and shares his thoughts and perspective on Episode 27. Here are the questions that were discussed…1. How do I overcome the struggle with identity and the inability to see exactly what is in store for the future now that playing baseball is done? 2. How do I re-establish myself within a new business community after moving to a new city? 3.  How do I find my passion and/or niche after baseball having several interests but unsure which one to pursue? 4. How do I know whether to be patient about the potential to get promoted internally or look for new opportunities outside my current company?...We are all at different points in this journey on the field and/or in business. The beauty of the network is the ability to grow together in both areas.
20:18
July 17, 2019
Ep 26: Playing With No Regrets - Matt Antonelli
Former MLB player and 2006 1st Round Pick of the Padres Matt Antonelli shares from the highs and lows of his pro ball career and how this perfectly positioned him to coach after his playing career in Episode 26.  Here are the highlights from our conversation…1. Why Matt decided to go to college versus signing after being drafted out of high school 2. How Matt's journey going from draft pick to the big leagues in 2 years would teach him lessons that carried into coaching 3. How Matt juggled being a graduate assistant at Wake Forest, finishing his degree and starting Antonelli Baseball all at once 4. The power of building a brand through social media and specifically video... Matt's story shows that being able to look back without regret is something we should all aspire for in baseball and business. To learn more about Matt, visit his website at antonellibaseball.com. To connect with Matt, you can find him on Instagram @antonellibaseball or his YouTube channel by searching Antonelli Baseball.
38:09
July 10, 2019
Ep 25: From Baseball to the Battlefield - Jason Kuhn
Former D1 college player and Navy SEAL Jason Kuhn shares from his time on the mound, in special ops and how both led to starting his company Stonewall Solutions on Episode 25. Here are the highlights from our conversation...1. How Jason went from dealing on the mound for a Top 25 team at Middle Tennessee State to losing complete control as a senior because of performance anxiety otherwise known as the yips 2. The search and struggle to find the same sense of purpose and identity baseball provided which ultimately led to going into the Navy after graduating college 3. Jason describing how he made it through hell week to become 1 of 20 guys in his class of 135 to survive training and earn the opportunity to become a Navy SEAL carrying out special ops overseas 4. How his experiences on the battlefield and baseball field led to starting his company Stonewall Solutions after serving 10 years active military to empower sports teams to be better equipped mentally to win on the field... Jason's story shows that our biggest challenges can become our biggest victories when we reframe them and stay focused on the current moment versus tapping out. To connect with Jason, you can find him on LinkedIn. Visit Stonewall Solutions at stonewall-solutions.com or on Instagram at @stonewall_solutions. 
43:47
July 3, 2019
Ep 24: Degree or No Degree? - Jeff Natale
Former pro player and Red Sox draft pick Jeff Natale shares on Episode 24 from his journey in pro ball making it to AAA along with his transition to the other side where he recently took the dive into entrepreneurship. Here are the highlights from our conversation...1. How Jeff was able to get attention of pro scouts and ultimately get drafted by the Red Sox in 2005 as a senior out of D3 Trinity College in Connecticut 2. Jeff's journey from starting in the Florida Gulf Coast League to playing at AAA within the Red Sox and Yankees organizations 3. Jeff's transition after baseball into his first job working at Milton Academy in Connecticut developing high school students and baseball players  to be ready for college 4. How Jeff's educational experience personally having a degree, working in education and playing as a pro player has led to starting a company called BAATS, Baseball Academic Advisory Team Support...Jeff's story shows that being the underdog and constantly playing with a chip on your shoulder can go a long ways. In baseball, this translated to nearly having a .300 career average over 6 minor league seasons.  In business, he is going against the odds by starting his own company. To connect with Jeff, you can find him on LinkedIn.
38:15
June 26, 2019
Ep 23: Owning Your Journey in Baseball and Business - Alex Tuccio
Former D1 player Alex Tuccio shares how the idea for starting his business ScoutDay was the byproduct of his own recruiting journey as a high school player on Episode 23. Here are the highlights from our conversation...1. How Alex's transition from Seton Hall to Siena after one semester was an importnat part of the journey that birthed ScoutDay  2. How the initial investor in ScoutDay falling through led Alex to become a better entrepreneur because of having less resources to work with  3. Alex’s recent sale of the business which led to his current role as Head of Growth for :betr, a company started by one of the key employees in the earlier days of Facebook 4. Alex’s advice on how to leverage social media and the window of time as a current player to get a meeting with anyone you want within business...Alex’s story shows that the problems we face today may be a solution waiting to be provided in the marketplace tomorrow. To connect with Alex, you can find him on LinkedIn or Instagram @tuccio.
49:55
June 19, 2019
Ep 22: The Power of Embracing The Journey - Jonathan Van Every
Former big leaguer with the Red Sox Jonathan Van Every shares from his 8 year journey through the minors before making his big league debut on Episode 22. Here are the highlights from our conversation...1. His experience playing on a defending World Series championship team in Boston along with facing Araldis Chapman and Mariano Rivera 2. Going back to school at 31 to get a Bachelor's degree after pro ball ended 3. How the 8 year journey in the minors before getting to the big leagues helped in the process of navigating finding an industry where his interests and skills best aligned in the business world after experience in several industries 4. The risk Jonathan took to get into his current role in a new industry...Jonathan's story shows that persistence is often the key ingredient needed in order to get where we are ultimately trying to get to. To connect with Jonathan, you can find him on LinkedIn.
42:11
June 12, 2019
Ep 21: Painting The Corners - Alex Katz
2015 Draft Pick by the Chicago White Sox and current pro player Alex Katz shares from his journey on the field and how this led to co-founding KD Custom Kicks on Episode 21. Here are the highlights from our conversation...1. How Alex's formal education at St. John's University helped him learn first hand from some of the best in the sports business world 2. What sparked the idea to start KD Custom Kicks with his friend Anthony after playing for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic 3. How the business has allowed him to have a better perspective of his on the field goals 4. How KD Custom Kicks was able to help David Wright be sent off in style in the last games of his big league career...Alex's story shows what can happen through the power of a team when complementary skills come together on and off the field. To follow Alex on Instagram and Twitter, his handle on both is @kittyelgato12. To follow KD Custom Kicks, the handle on both is @kdcustomkicks. To visit their website, go to kdcustomkicks.com.
26:19
June 5, 2019
Ep 20: Swig For The Fences - Randall Thompson
Dugout Mugs Founder and Managing Partner Randall Thompson shares his story of going from preferred walk on in college to playing pro ball in the Blue Jays organization and eventually starting the business after playing on Episode 20.  Here are the highlights from our conversation...1. How the beginnings in pro ball and entrepreneurship often parallel 2. What happened while coaching college ball that planted the seed to what eventually became Dugout Mugs 3. How the growth of the business has fueled being able to license with MLB to be in 25 big league stadiums and also licensing with MiLB 4. Why finding a business partner at the beginning has continually challenged Randall to step outside his comfort zone  5. What the Dugout Mug effect is...The Dugout Mugs story once again affirms baseball can be the stepping stone to success beyond the game. To connect with Randall you can find him on LinkedIn. To learn more about Dugout Mugs, visit them on Instagram @dugoutmugs or visit their website at dugoutmugs.com.
23:53
May 29, 2019
Ep 19: Going All Out - Logan Ice
2016 2nd Round Draft Pick and current minor leaguer Logan Ice shares from his journey of playing at Oregon State and pro ball in the Indians organization on Episode 19. Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation...1. How Logan went all out to earn a scholarship offer from Oregon State 2. Logan's experience as a three year starter at national powerhouse Oregon State 3. Logan's thoughts for current college players with the draft only a few weeks away 4. Why Logan is one of 200+ pro players that has become a part of Pando...Logan's story gives a fresh perspective of the grind that pro ball is and the hard work its taken to earn this opportunity. To connect with Logan, you can find him on LinkedIn. To follow his journey in pro ball, follow him on Instagram @loganice03 or @loganice33 on Twitter.  
36:34
May 22, 2019
Ep 18: Rounding the Bases in Baseball and Business - Ryan Sudenga
North America Brand Manager of Nike Baseball and Softball Ryan Sudenga shares how playing and coaching college baseball built a foundation for success in business on Episode 18. Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation...1. What led Ryan to pivot out of coaching college baseball to pursue working in the sporting goods industry 2. How Ryan used the skills he developed coaching baseball players in the retail environment leading storefronts for Nike in several locations across the country 3. The move Ryan made that positioned him to earn an opportunity to work at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon 4. Ryan's advice for anyone wanting to get into the business world within sports...Ryan's story will resonate because it gives an inside look at what it takes to move around the bases within a world class organization. Whether you are still playing or on the other side, there are many principles that can be taken away and applied in your life. To connect with Ryan, you can find him on LinkedIn.
25:28
May 15, 2019
Ep 17: From the Garage to an 8 Figure Business - Travis Chock
Baseballism CEO and Co-Founder Travis Chock shares how playing in college led to building what has become an eight figure business with several of his former teammates on Episode 17. Here are a few of the many highlights from our conversation...1. What Baseballism originally was and how it evolved into the apparel company it is today 2. Why Travis' lack of a business degree as a teacher and coach was not a reason he avoided diving into entrepreneurship 3. How Baseballism has grown from an apparel company started in a garage to doing nearly $15 MM in revenue in 2018 with storefronts across the country 4. Why Travis believes living as if there is something to lose before you have it can be the difference between reaching goals and coming up short in baseball and business 5. A brand new announcement by Travis sharing where their next storefront will be opening later this year...This episode is packed with tips and ideas for anyone seeking ways to fully leverage their experiences on the field. The Baseballism story is one that affirms baseball can be the foundation on which everything off the field is built upon. Many of us know the Baseballism brand but through this behind the scenes look will be able to better appreciate what is behind the name. To learn more about Baseball is, visit their website at baseballism.com.
27:04
May 8, 2019
Ep 16: Maximizing Peformance Through Sports Psychology - Brad Marshall
Former college player Brad Marshall shares from playing two sports in college along with getting his undergrad and graduate degree before taking these experiences into the real world working with athletes in Episode 16. Here are a few of the key points we discussed...1. How a mentorship in college with a professor helped pave the path to going to grad school for sports psychology 2. Brad's experiences and process to help athletes and active military to maximize their performance 3. Why asking the right questions is the best way to build trust and how he does this working with teams at FOCUS Unlimited 4. How crossfit has not only allowed him to continue to compete but open doors in business...Brad's experiences as an athlete, student and business professional are all working together in his day to day and is a great example of how to take the investment of what was been done to create wins wherever you're at today. To connect with Brad, you can connect with him on LinkedIn. To learn more about FOCUS Unltd.com, visit their website at focusunltd.com.
45:35
May 1, 2019
Ep 15: Building a Championship Business Network - Luke Melms
Former college player and Founder of Baseball and Business Luke Melms shares what it takes to go about building a network in business the right way. It's no secret that winning in baseball requires a team. However it isn't as obvious in business how to surround yourself with the right people to build a powerful business network. On Episode 15, he shares his best tips on how to focus on this important topic. Here are a few of the key points covered...1. How to put "currency" in the pockets of those in your existing network and new business professionals you meet 2. Ideas to network by having fun versus it being an awkward and forced encounter with strangers 3. How to leverage the emotional connection with those who went to the same high school or college 4. The three types of people that are essential to having in your network to grow professionally long term...Baseball and Business was created to be a vehicle to help connect people and ideas. This episode will give you practical ways to meet the types of people you want to encounter in your day to day.  
25:22
April 24, 2019
Ep 14: Hitting a Home Run in Coaching and Business - Patrick Jones
Former player Patrick Jones shares from his journey playing at Xavier University along with how he's blended coaching and business together in Episode 14. Patrick's story has a repeating common thread that shows what can happen when you aren't left wondering "What if...?". Here are a few of the topics we touched on during our conversation...⚾How a last minute decision led to playing at Xavier University on scholarship ⚾ Why he decided to start his own business as a hitting coach versus continuing to coach in the traditional team environment ⚾Patrick's thoughts for anyone who is wondering where to start when they know where they want to get to but aren't sure how to begin ⚾ The power of social media within coaching and how he's leveraged it in getting his podcast to over 100 episodes that includes current and former big leaguers, coaches, front office executives and others...Patrick's journey shows how baseball and business can be brought together as a coach. There's many paths to success beyond playing and is a great example for those wanting to stay directly tied to the game to hear from. 
40:52
April 17, 2019
Ep 13: Pro Athlete Advantage - Matt Phillips
Former player Matt Phillips shares from his journey playing at Creighton University and professionally overseas in addition to his experiences in Corporate America and starting his own business in Episode 13. Matt's story shows that taking risks are the only way to win in baseball and business. Here are a few of the topics we touched on during our conversation...⚾How he took an unconventional route to playing D1 baseball ⚾Why he rolled the dice to move to Switzerland while working in Corporate America ⚾How Matt started his career working for a Big 4 firm and eventually started his own company Pro Athlete Advantage down the road ⚾What his training squads are doing to push those in business to new levels through training the mind and body in the context of a team... Matt's journey demonstrates the power of stepping outside of the comfort zone time and time again. This regular experience in baseball is an advantage we as athletes can carry over into business to gain an edge against those we compete against in business. To learn more about Matt and his business, go to proathleteadvantage.com. 
52:17
April 10, 2019
Ep 12: Turning a Passion into Cash - Matt Sergey
Current pro player Matt Sergey shares from his journey heading into a new season along with how he's made money beyond the field on Episode 12. Matt originally was drafted of high school by the Brewers in 2007 before going off to play in college. Post college, he has played affiliated minor league ball and indy ball.  Here are a few of the topics we touched on during our conversation... ⚾ How an arm injury in college completely changed Matt's perspective on playing ⚾ Why he created a company, Deviate Existence, while playing ⚾ How Matt has turned a passion off the field into an income stream to supplement what he makes playing ⚾ The importance of not going at building a business alone...Matt's story demonstrates what is possible when you decide to just start. Nothing of significance happens overnight in baseball or business. This reality on the field hardwires us as players to be better equipped to create success in business as a result. 
39:42
April 3, 2019
Ep 11: Elevating Your Game, Mind and Life - Pat Biondi
Current pro player Pat Biondi shares from his journey heading into his 7th season playing in the Mets organization on Episode 11. Pat was drafted in 2013 by the Mets out of the University of Michigan and reached AAA in 2018.  Here are a few of the topics we touched on during our conversation... ⚾ The perspective playing minor league baseball has developed both on and off the field ⚾ Why he created a lifestyle brand, The Elevate Movement, to unify and create positive change ⚾ How baseball players can find a way to clear their mind off the field to improve their performance on the field ⚾ How Pat focuses on cutting off negative emotions to win the mental side within baseball, business and life... Pat's story demonstrates what it looks like to have healthy boundaries in baseball, business and life as a whole. As Pat describes, he feels baseball mirrors life better than any sport.  You can follow Pat on Instagram @patbiondi5 or visit his website at TheElevateMovement.com.
49:59
March 27, 2019
Ep 10: From the Big Leagues to Business School - Brendan Harris
Former big leaguer Brendan Harris shares from his 15 year pro ball career and transition after the game on Episode 10. Brendan currently works for the Los Angeles Angels in player development and pro scouting and has worked for Seventy Six Capital in their Athlete Venture Group. ​Here's a few of the topics we touched on during our conversation...⚾The experience of playing in Game 163 and the postseason ⚾Going back to school after finishing on the field to get an MBA at The Wharton School ⚾Brendan's advice on networking and building relationships for both current and former players ⚾Why Brendan believes being a baseball player extends well beyond wearing the jersey...Brendan has been a student of the game and business which is why he's found success as a player and after. His experiences on the field became a spring board to everything he's gone on to do between getting his MBA and working for the Angels and Seventy Six Capital. To connect with Brendan, you can find him on LinkedIn. 
39:38
March 20, 2019
Ep 9: Business Success Strategies Learned from Pro Ball - Brandon Roberts
2005 7th Round Draft Pick Brandon Roberts shares from his seven year minor league career and seven years in business full time on Episode 9. Brandon is currently a Sr. Director of Global Sales Operations at MINDBODY after being promoted six times since starting. Here's some of what you'll hear by tuning into this episode... ⚾ Brandon's pro ball story playing through AAA and how multiple injuries made him realize baseball is only a chapter of life ⚾ How Brandon finished his undergrad degree during the offseason and started an MBA program while playing pro ball ⚾ The story of landing a part-time sales job with MINDBODY during the 2011-12 offseason ⚾ The three success principles pro ball taught him to carry into business...These practical tips have been the foundation to how he has earned six promotions with a growing company that was just acquired for nearly $2 billion. Brandon's lowest career average at any level was .284 (AA) and had an overall career .293 average in pro ball. I know you are going to enjoy listening to how he's unlocked success in both baseball and business. To connect with Brandon, visit him on LinkedIn.
30:59
March 13, 2019
Ep 8: The Choice Between Coaching and a "Regular Job" - Lou Bernardi
Former D1 player and current college coach Lou Bernardi is our featured guest on Episode 8. In addition to coaching, Lou serves on the Board of Directors for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award and Foundation. He shared the history of the award and how MLB players are using their platform to give back to those who have served our country along with their families. Now in his ninth year coaching, he shares his story of choosing between coaching and getting a "regular job" after transitioning out of playing. He also gives his advice for anyone aspiring to get into coaching. This episode is packed with a lot of takeaways from one of the most interesting coaches in college baseball. To learn more about the Act of Valor Award and Foundation, go to actofvaloraward.org.
24:45
March 6, 2019
Ep 7: Winning in Entrepreneurship - Jim Cavale
Former college baseball player Jim Cavale shares from his experience as a successful entrepreneur on Episode 7. He is a 3-Time INC. 5000 Entrepreneur, an annual award that INC. Magazine reserves for America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.  He is currently running his fourth company, Influencer. The company serves sports team brands by aggregating their internally-produced content and their current player, coach, recruit and former player social media channels.  He shares why he started the company, how he sees opportunities for current players to maximize their time while on the field along with the importance of building a complete team to win in entrepreneurship. This episode is filled with a lot of takeaways.  To learn more about Jim, go to JimCavale.com. To learn more about Baseball and Business, visit our website at BaseballandBusiness.com or our Instagram page @baseballandbusiness.
17:24
February 27, 2019
Ep 6: Own Your Odds - Andrew Summerville
Former Stanford Cardinal and St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguer Andrew Summerville joined us on Episode 6 to share from both his journey in baseball and business. Here’s some of what you’ll hear by tuning into this episode… 1. How Andrew was able to leverage his on the field experience to get business experience while playing in the Cardinals organization 2. The transition to working for Pando full time after retiring recently due to injuries 3. How Pando has de-risked the careers of 150+ pro baseball players Andrew has a unique story that is valuable to players at any stage in their baseball or business career. Baseball and Business empowers current and former pro and college baseball players to win on the field and in business. To learn more about Baseball and Business, visit our website at BaseballandBusiness.com.
33:26
November 28, 2018
Ep 5: Leveraging LinkedIn - Luke Melms
We dive into leveraging the platform that is LinkedIn. While most episodes will have a featured guest, there will be weeks where we hit on a specific topic that is actionable. Episode 5 covers two aspects of LinkedIn... 1. The basics of creating and maximizing your LinkedIn profile 2. A proven method to building and growing your network with business professionals you want to get to know 
10:20
October 24, 2018
Ep 4: Making Six Figures Through Sales - Mike Karpinski
Former college player Mike Karpinski shares from his journey of turning success on the field into success in business which includes reaching the six figure mark by age 24. Here are the highlights from our conversation... ⚾The challenges of figuring out if the first job after graduation was the right fit long term ⚾Learning the IT industry within a sales capacity ⚾His advice on finding long term success in business
13:30
October 3, 2018
Ep 3: The Beauty of Delayed Gratification - Jake Gronsky
Former St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguer Jake Gronsky comes on the podcast to share how baseball being a game of delayed gratification prepared him for playing the long game as a writer. Here are a few of the highlights...Jake talks about how a broken bone by a hit by pitch in the minors led to building a relationship that would come full circle after the game, how publishing A Short Season opened the door to partner with David Eckstein to be currently writing his memoir and why Jake believes passion isn't something anyone should blindly follow.
28:50
September 26, 2018
Ep 2: More Than Baseball - Jeremy Wolf
Former New York Mets minor leaguer Jeremy Wolf shares from realizing his dream of being drafted along with his journey in the minors. Due to some unique circumstances that included a career ending injury, he felt compelled to create More Than Baseball. It is an organization designed to help make sure minor league players have basic necessities. His vision is to see minor leaguers play the game without worrying about needs such as equipment among others. Tune in to this great episode with our first of many guests.
24:47
September 19, 2018
Ep 1: What Exactly is Baseball and Business?
On Episode 1, we dive into four main questions...... 1. Who is Baseball and Business for? 2. What does Baseball and Business do? 3. What are guys getting out of being involved with the network? 4. What will the podcast be about going forward? We are excited about the future of the network and this podcast. The guests that will be coming on have a lot to share from their journey in baseball and business. To learn more about Baseball and Business, go to our website at BaseballandBusiness.com or on Instagram @baseballandbusiness.
09:51
September 12, 2018