May 28, 2015 is the official grand release of “The Series” website. Baseball aficionados Joe and Bob Barth have spent their lives living and breathing baseball. As baseball visionaries they have created a new concept with The Series. The Series is the first of its kind allowing for a global program in amateur baseball to make the game measurable in order for youngsters nine years old through 18 playing, to enjoy and further their opportunities for making baseball dreams come true.
The Series creates “The Ultimate Baseball Journey for All”
The new concept The Series is explained as “The missing link in the amateur baseball world”. The program seeks to provide amateur players of all ages and abilities the complete baseball experience by offering the top information and tools necessary for all players to reach their goals. Bob Barth, with a resume of being in the travel baseball circuit along with being an area scout for five major league teams, along with his father Joe Barth, known as “The Hit Doctor”, have teamed with brothers Andy Ford and Ben Ford to support The Series. The Ford’s father, Jerry Ford, founded Perfect Game USA. Andy Ford is a Vice President of Perfect Game and Co-Founder of The Series and Ben Ford is a Co-Founder and Vice President of The Series.
As reported in their press release “It’s the first-ever premier, comprehensive platform for amateur baseball that was built to unify the entire travel baseball landscape and provide young players the complete baseball experience.” The idea is that by using measuring capabilities the players will know what they need to improve their game.
The year long program includes three events- The Combine, The Challenge and The Classic
Through a succession of events developed to heighten the already existing competitive baseball circuit, The Series aims to allow players with a constant view of how they evaluate against their playing peers’. Assessment and improvement are the roots for The Series
The Combine events are held locally as players are grouped by age and graded on seven position specific measurements. The rating each player receives at a Combine translates into a ranking by percentile, which is then available to each player and their parents online. This ranking will show how they compare by position and by age group against their peers locally, nationally and worldwide. The Series will use a standardized evaluation system at every Combine, which will be facilitated by a worldwide network of elite baseball coaches and talent evaluators.
The Challenge includes players who score above the designated percentile at The Combine who are fortunate to advance in their territory at their age group and will be divided into teams to compete in a two to three day tournament style event. These players will reinforce their stand metrics from the Combine in live game actions as the talent evaluators present will identify the top 18 to 22 players in each age group. These select few will be chosen to represent their territory at The Classic.
The Classic is a world championship baseball tournament and festival with hand-selected teams chosen from The Challenge in each territory and age group. These elite territorial teams will pit their skills against the best in the world in their age group to contend for the title of World Champion. In 2015 over 500 teams (56 in each of the nine age groups) will be a part of The Classic in Fort Meyers Florida from July 8 through August 11.
Speaking with the very excited Bob Barth, Founding Managing Partner and Mike Nemeth, Vice US President of Operations, made even this baseball novice excited about The Series.
CRW: When did this idea first come to mind and who first thought of it?
Barth: “Andy Ford had the dream to make this happen. Andy and his counterparts at Perfect Game came up with the idea six to eight years ago and then approached me and his family about a year and half ago.
“All of the top quality baseball people have been waiting for something like this to take place. Now we have come together in creating a platform to address the needs that they have seen in the amateur arena to help players of all ages and abilities.”
CRW: How did you all come together to create The Series?
Barth: “It began with Andy reaching out to who he thought would be the best baseball guys across the country who could help develop a platform to allow all players of all ages to be the best that they can be not only in baseball but in life. We have enlisted 150 assistant general managers across the country to be involved in the platform that we have created to run events in their different territories to get players involved and recognized. A platform like this only works if you have the people to drive and get involved in running The Series in their specific locale because they know and understand their individual areas.”
Nemeth: “This grass roots aspect is very important to reach all of the players of ages and abilities across the country.”
CRW: How will the Series change the path for young players looking for college playing or joining the pros?
Barth: “This not an elitist program. Opportunities are open for all players beginning at a young age with the top information and tools to have to help them develop whatever their goals may be. The tools are there to help any player at any level within their state, region and the world.
“That which is measured has a chance to be improved upon. The skills of baseball are now measurable to quantify it to give feedback on how to get better and improve in the player’s position and skills. I feel honored to be involved with this league of the who’s who of amateur baseball especially in the title I hold. We’ve been confirmed and validated that this platform was really needed.”
Nemeth: “It is amazing that we have been validated by all of the important people who we approached with the idea. These are people who are very busy and are always approached every day with a new idea but have now committed to the bigger picture together of our idea which is The Series. The Series is the first model that really seeks to unite all of the best people and best groups in the amateur baseball space together.”
Barth: “This idea was such a need that will change the landscape of baseball in each area. It is amazing how The Series has been put together involving a great idea that people got behind, funded and made it a reality.”
In addition to the exciting new venture of The Series is the announcement that the makers of the world famous baseball bat, Louisville Slugger are to be their presenting sponsor. Also preparing to be part of the action is Perfect Game, Badger Sports, Pro-line Company, Wilson and Schutt.
Visions can lead many on the path to greatness. The Series events aim to create a model to provide a stable opportunity for player’s assessment, improvement and recognition through working with local and national programs. The unique end of the season experience provides a special reward for players working hard towards their goals throughout the year. Stated “The Series is the perfect balance of recognition, pride and extreme challenge.”