Riverside, CA - I felt it was appropriate to start this this article by using a few quotes from Randy Curtis, owner of the ABD Academy.
"Entering our 23rd season, the mission and focus is about the “D” on our chest. I’m still convinced the “Development” of the basic fundamental skills and the development of a Winning Mindset are what’s lacking most in Club and High School baseball."
"Our goal at ABD is to simply be a cure for this. Having said that, we continue to attract players with a very strong desire and determination to play college and professional baseball."
"Nearly two years ago I lost my great friend and my former college baseball coach Mike Spiers to a heart attack. One of Mikes’ greatest gifts was his willingness to help others. We strive to continue and to build upon his belief that all ABD players have a chance to play college baseball somewhere and we really do whatever it takes to help them achieve that."
I personally can't begin to talk about the ABD program without talking about Mike because of the impact he had on myself and Prospect Wire.
Mike and Randy started the ABD program in 1992. Several years ago, Matt Bomeisl and I had the honor of meeting with Mike in southern California before he passed away.
Mike was always concerned with the direction of travel baseball and wanted our thoughts and feedback on the subject. Spiers, in the travel baseball industry for 20 years, wanted our advice? Matt and I both felt honored and privileged to have the opportunity to listen to his ideas and offer our feedback.
Mike had the same passion to do what was right for travel baseball that Matt and I both shared. We felt together with Randy, we could begin to improve the travel baseball industry.
After all, Spiers and Curtis had been a part of building a national powerhouse with ABD. Why couldn't we make a change in travel baseball for the better with their help?
Everything I ever knew about ABD was that they were first class from day one.
When I started working as an agent in the early 2000's, I remember seeing ABD at national tournaments and thinking, "that's how a travel program should be run." They showed up at tournaments and acted like professionals. Not only did they have the best players from California, they were well coached, played together as a team, played winning baseball, and had the most professional looking uniforms everywhere they went.
I didn't know Mike back then, but after getting to know him over a short period of time I quickly understood why ABD was, and still is one of the best travel programs in the country. Mike was one of the true pioneers in travel baseball, and we were looking forward to working with him and Randy for years to come. If only there were more Mike Spiers out there to run travel programs. Our thoughts will always be with Mike's family and his extended family, the ABD program.
Randy took over the program in the past year and made it a point to get in contact with us to move forward on working to make travel baseball better nationally.
This past Monday our coverage of FTB Puerto Rico's Showcase was a first, now another first.
This weekend Prospect Wire will extend it's tryout coverage nationally to Riverside, CA for ABD's California Showcase.
Our staff is greatly appreciative to be asked to cover great programs from coast to coast as Prospect Wire continues to grow nationally every year.
There are certain areas of the country I get excited about covering travel program's tryouts. Southern California is at the top of my list.
If you're a high school baseball player in southern Cali and want to play for one of the best programs in the country, I'd suggest attending ABD's California Showcase this weekend at Riverside Community College.
ABD's had hundreds of players earn college scholarships, dozens of players drafted and taught many life lessons for the players lucky enough to wear the ABD across their chest.
The link below will have all the details for this weekends showcase. We hope to see you there!