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Updated: Nov 12th, 2014
ABD California Showcase Coverage
By: Corey Goldfarb | corey@prospectwire.com

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!

http://www.abdacademy.net/abdcaliforniashowcase

 

About Corey Goldfarb
Corey Goldfarb has an extensive background in all levels of baseball. Before Corey's hiring at Prospect Wire, he worked as an agent and advisor to over 25 current professional athletes. Of those 25 players, 5 of them were drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft and one of them was the #1 prospect in the country out of high school. Corey's ability to evaluate talent helped him identify the right players to target and recruit. Corey played a key role in building one of the best young sports agencies in baseball. Prior to his 10 years as an agent, Corey worked in different aspects of Minor League Player Development for the Marlins and Yankees.
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Jasmine Lopez
Nov 14, 2014 (2:12pm)

The day before my dad, Mike Spiers died, he met with Randy, Jon Paino, and my brother Joe regarding how ABD would be ran when he passed away. They all agreed that my brother would continue to have a place in the program and help run it with Randy's and Jon's guidance. It was only days after my dad's memorial that Randy cut Joe out of the program.

I'm thankful for Jon Paino who had the courage to separate from Randy and ABD to help form CBA with my brother. For those who remember what ABD was when my dad was alive and what it is today, there is a big difference in the way they operate. And upon the formation of CBA, Randy also had my brothers name removed from the award that was given to ABD's "Baserunner of the year"

I'm proud of the program that Joe, Jon, and everyone involved has created in CBA, and I see now that everything that took place immediately after the death of my father was actually a blessing in disguise. So in some ways, I'm actually thankful for Randy and all he did for my brother :)

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