Howie Kendrick, Jimmy Rollins reflect on Dodgers trade

first_imgDodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman sees Kendrick as a good fit.“Howie is gifted on both sides of the ball,” Friedman said. “The off-field, right-center approach fits our ballpark well. The offensive profile, bat-to-ball approach, we feel fits well in the context of our roster. We feel like our middle infield is a real strength for us in 2015.”Speaking of extending Kendrick’s contract, Friedman went so far as to say that “I’m sure those conversations will happen at some point … assuming that things play out well.”Like Kendrick, Rollins had never been traded before this year ‑ a rarity in today’s game. His 15 years in Philadelphia were the longest of any current player with a single team. It allowed the 36-year-old shortstop to record more hits than any player in Phillies franchise history (2,306) and also gave him enough seniority to veto any trade.Rollins said he would have approved trades to the Dodgers and both New York teams, in that order.Why the Dodgers?“One, I’ve always loved blue. That’s my favorite color,” he said. “They’re just winning right at this very moment. Seeing the way they interact on the bench reminds me of Philadelphia, the joy of playing with each other.”That’s an interesting observation, considering the overall lack of chemistry in the Dodgers’ clubhouse at times during 2014. Rollins believes he can be a leader in the room, in spite of his inexperience with his new teammates.Friedman seemed to agree.“Jimmy brings some grit to our team,” Friedman said. “He’s very experienced playing baseball in October. He still has a lot of life in his body. A switch hitter, a good defender. He adds that element of speed to our lineup that we were looking for.”Playing in different leagues on different coasts, Rollins and Kendrick have never crossed paths. Friday, each man said he became a fan of the other from afar. Maybe at some point it won’t be weird seeing Kendrick and Rollins wearing Dodger blue, and everyone with a ticket to Dodger Stadium will be a fan too. Howie Kendrick has been an Angel his entire career, dating to the time he was drafted 12 years ago. Yet he never bought a house near Anaheim, he said, “for the fact that I’ve almost been traded every year.”It finally happened last Thursday, when the Angels shipped the 31-year-old second baseman up the freeway for young pitcher Andrew Heaney. On Friday, Kendrick was introduced at Dodger Stadium. He was wearing his familiar number 47 on the back of an unfamiliar jersey. There were no hard feelings toward the Angels, he said. How could there be when a trade seemed inevitable for so long?“I understood what the Angels were trying to do,” he said. “They needed pitching. Every time somebody called to talk to them it was about me. I knew at some point it was going to be one of those things where if they got the right offer, I was going to be moving.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Kendrick probably knew a trade was close at hand when the Angels did not meet Kendrick’s interest level in working on a contract extension earlier in the offseason. He is set to become a free agent in a year.“Luckily enough for me it was a crosstown team,” Kendrick said. “It feels good to be able to go up the freeway and not have to change much, the family aspect of things.”PHOTOS: Howie Kendrick puts on a Dodgers cap and jersey for the first timeKendrick’s two sons, 5-year-old Owen and 3-year-old Tyson, joined him at his press conference Friday. They got new hats, too.The bigger adjustments will be for Kendrick himself. He will have a new ballpark, a new league, and a new double-play partner in Jimmy Rollins after nine seasons pivoting alongside Erick Aybar.last_img read more

Why Loyal Fans Are More Important Than A Casual Fan Base

first_imgDreaming of living as a professional musician by making money in the industry depends on several factors. One of these factor is having a loyal fan base who can take you from just being a mainstream artists to a more professional musician who makes money from his work.Why is a loyal fan base necessary?A large fan base is necessary at some point for an artist to gain fame quick, but it is a loyal fan base that determines how long you will still in the industry. And the success you will accumulate.A person who is not a loyal fan can purchase your work and lose appetite for it quickly, making that artist to be forgotten soon.“Think about how many artists have been ‘the next big thing’ only to be forgotten soon after,” said Tom Hess, a touring guitarist, recording artist and a former member of the band Rhapsody of Fire from 2010 until 2013.However, loyal fans will have value for your product including buying your CD, merchandise and attending all of every concert because they need your autograph frequently as possible.While it is true that CDs and ITunes sale has drop drastically in the music industry around the world and streaming services is taking the music, making music almost free and giving little compensation to artists, a loyal fan base solve the problem of not making money from your music.For international artists like Beyoncé, Abele and Taylor Swift they continue to make millions of dollars through the sale of CDs and downloads despite the decline in CDs and download sales.But these women power to attain such a status is accumulated through their loyal fan base, who are willing to support them in everything.“If you want to make money with your music, a smaller number of dedicated fans are more valuable to you than large number of casualfans,” said Tom Hess.Also, the author of wired magazine Kevin Kelly said: “1,000 loyal fans are enough for an artist to earn a comfortable living. Let’s say you have 1,000 real fans, each spending U$100 per year on your music and merchandise that would equal U$100 per year of income.”How to Grab Loyal FansAs veteran Liberian music critic Ernest Bruce put it fans are the real investors in the music industry, and artists have the service to give. So to keep in direct contact with people who begin supporting your career at the early stage is essential to convert them to loyal fans.Making these newly converted fans feel that they are part of the artist career development, it makes them grow the trust and loyalty over time toward that artist’s career.The direct contact can be archived via social media, autographs signing and free exclusive items. And when this is done, a fan never regrets to support all your work, talking about your music to colleagues and defending you in the midst of criticism.Tom Hess added: “So rather than aiming for becoming an overnight sensation with just one single, aim at creating just 1,000 true fans.This is a realistic goal to achieve, and it will help you make money with your music while maintain a stable music career. You can always grow and expanded from there.”To learn more about how to build a loyal fan base read one of our previous articles: How to Build a Fan Base: Strategy for Liberianartist.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more