Michael Erin, an associate consultant and partner at Progressive Management & Associates, is an avid baseball fan. More specifically, Michael Erin is a fan of the Chicago Cubs, one of baseball's most revered teams.
One of the Chicago Cubs’ best players to date is Sammy Sosa, who captured the hearts of American baseball fans through his consistent high home run performance. In the late 1990s, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire went head to head for the sport's home run record, with McGwire taking an early lead but Sosa remaining close behind him. Though Sosa was ultimately outhit by McGwire, both players broke the previous single season home run record of 63 home runs. In 2001, Sammy Sosa became the only player in the sport to have hit 60 home runs or more in three different seasons.
During later seasons, Sammy Sosa's career changed due to scandal, injuries, and being traded to another team. However, the power hitter still served as one of the faces of baseball during the late 1990s and early 2000s, and inspired the next generation of baseball players and fans.
Michael Erin is a former United States Army captain who received his bachelor of arts in business and economics from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. Now residing in Nevada, Michael Erin serves as the vice president of development for The Economic Club of Las Vegas (ECLV), a nonprofit that organizes economic-based open forum debate and discussion.
In September of 2016 ECLV hosted a seminar on sports franchises and stadiums featuring University of Michigan sports economist Stefan Szymanski, television personality Jon Ralston, and urban growth expert Robert E. Lang. The three speakers presented findings and independent insights on the cost and economic benefits of sports stadiums and franchises. The talk was particularly pertinent as just months prior the National Hockey League (NHL) announced it had awarded an expansion franchise to Las Vegas.
Set to begin play in the 2017-18 season, the Las Vegas Golden Knights will join the NHL's Western Conference. The team's ownership group, led by billionaire Bill Foley, paid the NHL a $500 million expansion fee, which was to be distributed among the league's 30 teams. The Golden Knights will be the first team from the four major professional sports franchises - NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB - to call Las Vegas home. They will play out of the 17,368-seat T-Mobile Arena.
Former US Army Captain Michael Erin currently serves as the vice president of development at The Economic Club of Las Vegas. Away from his professional life, Michael Erin enjoys watching Major League Baseball, and his favorite team is the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs have acquired star closer Aroldis Chapman in a trade with the Yankees, sending Rashad Crawford, Adam Warren, Billy McKinney and Gleyber Torres--all minor league prospects--back in return.
The 28-year-old Chapman is one of the more prominent names that has been floating around the trading block according to MLB analysts. Media reports indicate that the Yankees were shopping the reliever around to the Nationals, Dodgers, Giants, and Cubs, with Chicago ultimately coming away with the deal.
Since returning from an early season suspension, Chapman has been a force in the bullpen, posting a 2.01 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.5 to 1, saving 20 games, and averaging 13 strikeouts per nine innings. By acquiring Chapman, the Cubs solidify their late-game pitching, hoping that this will be the final piece in the team’s effort to produce a championship for long-suffering Cubs fans.
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Michael Erin serves as the vice president of development for the Economic Club of Las Vegas, a role he assumed in October 2015. He is also the principal of PacificRock, a limited liability company in Las Vegas. A former resident of Chicago, Michael Erin supports the Chicago Cubs and is an avid baseball fan.
A recent New York Times article highlights the strengths of the Chicago Cubs this year, following up on an early prediction by sports experts that the Cubs were on their way to the World Series. So far the Cubs have the best record in baseball at 20-6 and hold the biggest division lead in the majors by six games. While this alone is impressive, even more significant is the fact that the Cubs are winning their games by such large margins. Recent games against the Pirates include victories like 6 to 2, 7 to 1, and 7 to 2. Even larger margins were seen in the games played against the Reds, with scores of 16 to 0 and 9 to 0. On the other hand, the Cubs’ few losses have been by one or two runs.
What’s most important now for the Cubs is that they don’t lose their momentum. It is only May and injuries can drastically change the picture. However, Cub fans have a lot to cheer for as the team is looking stronger than it has in years.
Michael Erin currently serves as the global initiatives manager for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.