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Jan 2023: American Baseball Coaches Association conference

June 2023: USA Baseball partnership

June 2023: College World Series pop-up

Dec 2023:  MLB Winter Meetings invite

Jan 2024:  American Baseball Coaches Association conference

Jan 2024:  Colorado Rockies Fan Fest

Feb 2024:  Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest

March 2024:  Tampa Bay Rays Concourse Launch

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Clint Hurdle, Co-Founder

45 years in pro baseball as player & manager, including 17 years as MLB manager and NL Manager of the Year in 2013 (Pirates) with 1,269 career wins. Hurdle played for the Kansas City Royals (9th overall pick), Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals, and managed the Colorado Rockies to their first World Series and Pittsburgh Pirates with 1,269 career wins.


Ken Byck, Co-Founder

Co-Founding Partner at 6-4-3 Productions and Batting Challenge Holdings. Was co-owner of the largest Fantasy Baseball vacation company licensed by MLB and 10 MLB teams. Some of his member benefits and customer loyalty partners have included Chase Card Services, MBNA, ESPN, Bank One, American Express and MLBPA.

Robert Lipps, Co-Founder

Co-Founder of 6-4-3 Productions and Batting Challenge Holdings. He also has 20+ years of investment banking experience, primarily working with private equity firms on leveraged buyouts.

Hitting Legends Council

MLB stars with more than 25,000 hits


Leadership Team

Matt Farrell, CEO

President of Farrell Sports; former Golf Channel, USA Swimming, USOPC, Warner Bros.


Chris Cutler

Senior Project Manager for Zazmic; CMO for OTN Sports & Wine Business Education

Megan Kunz

MKTG agency, and former marketer at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee


Sam Lesser

Former business analyst for biotech startup; founder of education-focused, charitable businesses


Zac Logsdon

CEO of Old Hat; sports marketing author; former Director of Graphic Design at University of Oklahoma Athletics

Kyle Stark

President of Stark Contrast Coaching; former VP & Assistant GM Pittsburgh Pirates


Jordan Zelin

Former Castle Athletics and Color Me Rad; A&R for NYC-based music labels


Senior Advisors

Dany Berghoff

Executive search at CAA in global sports and entertainment.


Ashley Eckstein

Voice of Ahsoka Tano in the Star Wars franchise; Founder of Her Universe

Rick Eckstein

Pro Hitting Coach who has worked for Pirates, Nationals, Angels and Team USA


Neal Huntington

Special assistant baseball projects for the Cleveland Guardians. Former GM of the Pittsburgh Pirates; player dev and minor league operations


Tom McCarthy

Philadelphia Phillies TV play-by-play; CBS (football), FOX (baseball)


Mark Schlereth

3x Super Bowl Champion, 2x Pro Bowler; NFL analyst for FOX and radio show host


Molly Secours

Award-winning author/filmmaker/speaker; TED Talk speaker and film/video producer. 


Robin Wallace

Attorney, baseball scout and executive / GM for independent league baseball clubs.


Kevin Wilson

Minor and Major League hitting coach; President of Kevin Wilson Baseball, LLC

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