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Program 15 National Events: What They’re Saying (Andy Zwirchitz, Rhino Baseball)

April 2, 2017

As part of a weekly series of stories leading up to the Program 15 New Balance Future Stars Series upcoming national events in Houston, FutureStarsSeries.com spoke with Rhino Baseball Wisconsin Director of Player Development Andy Zwirchitz about his program being involved.

“One of the coolest parts about this, when I talked to (P15 and NBFSS series CEO) Jeremy (Booth) about this a few months ago, is he said, ‘Hey, New Balance is on board and we’re going to rock this, ‘Squeeze,’ and I want you to be a part of it.’  We did a little research and everything, and the Houston events, it’s going to be pretty special for these kids.”

“With what we’re trying to do, obviously one of our main slogans is ‘Change The Game,’ but it really is changing the game.  It’s not you’re just showing up at a showcase and just running, throwing, hitting and ‘thanks for coming.’  Program 15, we did a combine recently down in our Great Lakes region with one of our partner programs, and these kids had a day and a half of just learning from all these former major-league baseball players.  That’s what it’s all about, and that’s how you pass it on and that’s how you develop players.  Jeremy’s been taking this head role here, and I can’t say enough good things about the guy.  I don’t know how he sleeps, I think he doesn’t.  I don’t think he’s human.  For our kids that get to go to Houston in June — it’s their first tournament right when they get back — we’re flying down, and not only to learn from the Program 15 national staff, but the exposure at the end of the week is going to be outstanding.  All Major League teams are going to be in attendance, and a lot of colleges have reached out for information, so the exposure for our kids is going to be second to none.”

Mike Ashmore

Mike Ashmore

Mike Ashmore is a veteran baseball writer with 15 years experience in the business.He's covered the last four World Series, and has also worked everything ranging from the MLB All-Star Game to the World Baseball Classic.In addition to his role working for Program 15, the 34-year-old New Jersey native currently serves as the beat writer of the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League as well as national hockey writer and New York Giants beat reporter for The Trentonian.Ashmore has worked the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Final, Frozen Four, Daytona 500, major UFC events and much more as he approaches 2,000 games covered in his career.
Mike Ashmore