Re: Off-season transactions
Jensen is a great person and it was really nice to see him get to pitch in his hometown in 2012, the first Dayton-area player ever to play for the Dragons. His father, who is very close to Dan, rode his motorcycle to many of the road games in addition to being at the home games and it was a great experience for them.
The other two released players who played in Dayton are also super people. James Ewing had been out of the game for a couple years and got his Masters. He was working out with Jay Bruce in the offseason and got to come back and play for another year. He had some skills but his body wouldn't hold up and he slowed down over the season. Very intelligent, pleasant person, will do well.
Spencer Dickinson is a very interesting person. His late father once beat Jack Nicklaus in sudden death overtime to win a tournament and his mother was President of the LPGA. One of the more polite, respectful players you would ever meet, called everyone sir. He never really got a chance to show what he could do after signing as a dreaded undrafted free agent, which is like signing your own death certificate in most cases. Almost impossible for those guys getting 10 at-bats a week or less to put up good numbers. Many times, they are better players than the guys getting the playing time and everyone knows it, so it becomes that much more frustrating for them.
Many of the players that fans would enjoy the most as people are guys who did not make it as players, but they will do well in life.