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Program 15 National Events: What They’re Saying (Rhett Parker, Northwest Elite)

April 1, 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 Northwest Elite and Pacific Northwest Regional Baseball owner/director Rhett Parker about his programs being involved.

“I think that any time the Northwest goes somewhere, it's to represent.  I've played in so many states and Canada multiple times as an amateur and a professional, and the Northwest is a very underrated region.  So, I think those (national) events are always to represent the Northwest.  From an exposure standpoint, I do think we get some decent exposure in Northwest, but I still think some guys get overlooked.”

“But the ability to compete against like-minded organizations is the whole reason I wanted to get involved in this.  I'm not going to mention the other large-tournament showcase business, because we do a lot of their stuff, but it's watered down.  I think we need to do some things that aren't watered down, and it's not always about money.  It needs to be about growing the game, so I think from our perspective, we want to compete against the top like-minded programs and represent our region.  The exposure element?  Absolutely.  You want to get looks any time you go do something, but with what we do with PNW, Northwest Elite and the PacNorthwest Regional Games, if you're a dude and you're with us and you're part of our stuff, you're not going to get missed.”

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.
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