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An Agent's Take: The Things You Think About Before Your 43rd Surgery
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Joshua Kusnick

12-23

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An Agent's Take: Gettin' Lucky at the Winter Meetings
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Joshua Kusnick

12-02

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An Agent's Take: Advice For The Teenaged Rumors Reporters
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Joshua Kusnick

11-20

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An Agent's Take: When the Smallest Transactions are the Biggest
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11-11

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An Agent's Take: Stars Do Align
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10-17

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An Agent's Take: The Losses You Never Get Over
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Joshua Kusnick

09-09

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An Agent's Take: So Long, Scout
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Joshua Kusnick

08-14

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An Agent's Take: The Small World
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07-10

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An Agent's Take: How the Unseen Post-Draft Process Works
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06-06

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An Agent's Take: When Post-Draft Negotiations Get Strained
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Joshua Kusnick

05-23

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An Agent's Take: Why I Avoid the Draft
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04-30

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An Agent's Take: How a Player Picks a Team
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04-03

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An Agent's Take: Spring Training from the Agent's Perspective
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Joshua Kusnick

02-11

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An Agent's Take: Three Ways to Work in Baseball
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01-30

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An Agent's Take: Navigating Free Agency
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12-27

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An Agent's Take: An Agent's Winter Meetings Journal
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11-27

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An Agent's Take: The Art of Making Endorsement Deals
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Joshua Kusnick

11-14

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An Agent's Take: Approaching the Offseason
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05-04

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An Agent's Take: The Road Isn't Always Easy
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04-13

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An Agent's Take: Media Relations
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03-30

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An Agent's Take: Flexible Morality
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03-16

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An Agent's Take: You Never Know
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03-02

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An Agent's Take: Crisis Management
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An agent reflects on his takes.

I'm taking a step away from the game today to write a note directly to my readers. This was such a special year for me professionally and personally. I am happily married, work was just incredible, the column has taken off, and I just wanted to thank all of you, the great readers of BP, for allowing this column to exist. I appreciate the interaction so much, and you have no idea how much you all really do mean to me. Thank you.

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The pretty much unreplicatable way to get your first job in professional baseball.

Every year at the winter meetings I offer to help exactly one job fair participant in a unique way. A little background: The job fair consists of scores of twenty-somethings who have to pre-register for the event. These are people who are trying to get their foot into the door by any means necessary. They stand out in San Diego because of their age, suits, and name. So every year I hold what I call the job fair lottery. Only three people have ever taken my offer to help them seriously and now all three work in baseball.

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The view from the other side of the reporting process.

Normally I use this platform to discuss various stories about my career, so I apologize in advance for going off-script a bit, but I want to share my take on this new trend created by social media: The teenaged rumor hound. My old editor here at BP, Ben Lindbergh, covered the issue in Grantland this week:

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The arduous job of sticking with a client through thin.

Jaye Chapman is a professional baseball player. I first scouted him while I was a student at FSU and he was a student at Chipola Junior College. Jaye was an Atlanta Braves draft-and-follow, back when those still existed. I had the pleasure of seeing him pitch against Lorenzo Cain and Michael Saunders at Tallahassee Community College in 2004; Jaye’s teammates on Chipola that day included Rene Tosoni, Tyler Flowers, and Mat Gamel. That’s six major leaguers on one junior college field.

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November 11, 2014 6:00 am

An Agent's Take: Stars Do Align

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How an agent landed a client who, eight years later, is an MVP candidate.

In April 2006 I was living in Tallahassee, attending my final semester at FSU. I had also been working for an agent for a few years and had pretty much no idea what I was doing, just figuring things out as I went along. The highlights of my year: My client Carlos Martinez (of the Marlins) made it to the major leagues; and my client/friend John Buccigross on SportsCenter got to cover a huge brawl in Houston. I got to watch this from my house in Tallahassee, which at the time was quite surreal. I’m mostly numb to that now; one of my friends, Eric Hosmer (not a client—I went to high school with his brother) was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and had a great postseason. To me, it was just watching Hoz play, but my wife, who couldn’t care less about baseball, was in awe that a guy she knew was on national television in the World Series.

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October 17, 2014 6:00 am

An Agent's Take: The Losses You Never Get Over

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Poaching is a big part of the agent business. Some especially sting and never stop.

What a postseason. What a year. I have one client playing on a postseason team, so that has been quite exciting to follow. Only one of my clients has ever won a ring before—Darren Ford. Such a strange concept to me. Ford has won one but Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, and Barry Bonds didn’t. It’s a huge honor and a numbing experience.

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September 9, 2014 6:00 am

An Agent's Take: So Long, Scout

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The author remembers 'a Hall of Fame scout if there ever was one.'

This past week my friend Bruce Seid, the Milwaukee Brewers scouting director, passed away. This is not the first time I lost a friend who was a scout. Rolando Casanova of the Detorit Tigers passed away earlier this year, as well. Bruce and Caz were both under 60 and passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. We work in show business, and death rarely creeps into our thoughts, but when it comes it hits like a sledgehammer. I want to use this column to talk about my friend and give the world a behind-the-scenes look at what a failed draft situation looks like.

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August 14, 2014 6:00 am

An Agent's Take: The Small World

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Client poaching, Instagram, hunting gear endorsements, and the rest of the things that a small agency thinks about.

July was a very satisfying month. A couple months ago, I wrote about going through the free agent process with my client, Jeremy Jeffress. Late in July, Jeremy was added to the Brewers’ 40-man roster and called up to the big leagues again. In his first outing, against Cincinnati, his first pitch was clocked at 98. His last was 101. The outing went as well as it possibly could have and Jeremy has since thrown 8 2/3 innings while allowing only one run. When the Brewers came to Tampa and I got to catch up in person with Jeremy for the first time since April, Adam McCalvey caught a great moment in my career:

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A certified agent gives BP a behind-the-scenes look at how a player goes from draftee to professional pitcher.

Joshua Kusnick is an MLBPA-certified agent who periodically writes about his experiences representing professional players. You can reach him via email at JoshuaKusnick@aol.com and on Twitter @JoshuaKusnick.

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An agent recounts two times when his negotiations after the amateur draft didn't go as expected.

Joshua Kusnick is an MLBPA-certified agent who periodically writes about his experiences representing professional players. You can reach him via email at JoshuaKusnick@aol.com and on Twitter @JoshuaKusnick.

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May 23, 2014 6:00 am

An Agent's Take: Why I Avoid the Draft

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An agent explains why he decided not to pursue amateur players.

Joshua Kusnick is an MLBPA-certified agent who periodically writes about his experiences representing professional players. You can reach him via email at JoshuaKusnick@aol.com and on Twitter @JoshuaKusnick.

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April 30, 2014 6:00 am

An Agent's Take: How a Player Picks a Team

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As explained through the story of Jeremy Jeffress.

Joshua Kusnick is an MLBPA-certified agent who periodically writes about his experiences representing professional players. You can subscribe to his podcast on iTunes, and reach him via email at JoshuaKusnick@aol.com and on Twitter @JoshuaKusnick.

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