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The K.P. Wee Podcast, Episode 7: Former Dodger General Manager Fred Claire

The K.P. Wee Podcast, Episode 7: Former Dodger General Manager Fred Claire

Fred Claire is a former General Manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a role he held for 29 years from 1969 to 1998.

Following his time working in professional baseball, he started his own business management consultancy for professional sports and entertainment.

He is a founding partner at Scoutables.com, which offers daily scouting reports on every player in Major League Baseball based on recent performance.

Fred shares memories from his Dodger days and offers advice to students and other young people who want to get into sports.

He also talks mentorship and discusses his new book with Tim Madigan (which was released in July 2020) titled Extra Innings: Fred Claire’s Journey to City of Hope and Finding a World Championship Team.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • [2:52] Fred on his passion for mentorship
  • [4:10] Getting started in the sports industry
  • [6:58] Practical steps young people can take to find a mentor in the sports world
  • [9:02] Fred’s encounter with a young Tony Robbins and his brother
  • [13:44] Trading players as a General Manager
  • [21:44] Fred on the Dodgers’ incredible attention to detail in every aspect of training
  • [25:44] How Fred figured that the Dodgers would win the 1988 championship
  • [28:10] Fred’s cancer journey at City of Hope—the story behind the book Extra Innings
  • [34:35] Parting advice to students and other young people on chasing your dreams

Key Quotes by Fred:

  • “Whatever I can do to help others, guide others, educate others, and inspire others—whatever it is—I get great satisfaction from that.”
  • “I’ve always been struck by people, including professional baseball players, who simply had a determination that they were going to reach their goals, and may or may not reach it, but at the end of the day knew that they did the best that they could.”
  • “Words themselves carry great meaning. It doesn’t have to be receiving something in return, because what I found in life is that, many times, those things come later.”
  • “I think it’s a fair statement that the Dodgers have invested more money and more people in analytics than any team in baseball.”
  • “Never, ever be afraid to get a second opinion. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to help a number of people get a second opinion at City of Hope. I just think that’s so important because one’s life can be at stake.”

Follow Fred Claire on Twitter @Fred_Claire / Connect with Fred on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/fred-claire-1605a01

For more information about the book Extra Innings, please visit https://www.tinyurl.com/FredClaireExtraInnings

If you enjoyed the intro music, please follow Roger Chong on Twitter/Instagram: @chongroger

Podcast Episode 5: Broadcaster Chris King

In Episode 5 of The K.P. Wee Podcast, Minor League Baseball broadcaster Chris King stops by to chat life in the minor leagues.

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The K.P. Wee Podcast: Episode 4 with Charlie Blaney

In Episode 4 of The K.P. Wee Podcast, California League president Charlie Blaney chats about how he got into baseball and offers tips to students and others on how to “get into the game.”

The California League is an eight-team circuit in Minor League Baseball, and Blaney is in his seventh decade in professional sports.

The K.P. Wee Podcast: Episode 2

In an interview recorded on the opening weekend of the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 Major League Baseball season, former LA Dodger official team photographer (and current Southern California-based lifestyle photographer) Richard Kee discusses how he got his start working for one of the most storied franchises in the game and offers advice to students and others on how to “get into the game.”

Check out Richard’s websites: http://richardkee.com  http://ultimategamefaces.com

Click here for the podcast episode.

https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/k-p-wee-podcast/id1525447934?i=1000487090448

If you liked the intro music, follow Roger Chong (Twitter: @chongroger)
For Fred Claire’s (Twitter: @Fred_Claire) new book: Extra Innings, visit https://tinyurl.com/FredClaireExtraInnings

Writing: Finding inspiration through Church’s Chicken…

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I’m just clearing the photo album on my phone – because, as time goes by, the photos just pile up if I don’t take some time to organize or delete them.

These are from mid-May, when I stopped by Church’s Chicken and was told it’d be a 15-minute wait for the order.

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So, I took out my notebook and brainstormed some ideas for my writing.

Some time after I’d finished eating, my phone rang and it was an interview subject getting back to me wanting to do that interview at that particular moment.

(It was regarding a book I’m writing dealing with advice for young people wanting to get into the world of sports business.)

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It was good timing because I was able to ask him some different questions that I’d come up with during the waiting time – and I’d scribbled down those ideas.

You just never know when inspiration comes. And for those who scoff at the idea of carrying a notebook when many people simply store their ideas on their smartphones or electronic devices… well, what happens if your device runs out of battery and you need to be on your phone too for that important call?

I have a couple of devices, and I have that notebook as a backup…