OVERTON GETS IN ON HOME COOKING; NOGOWSKI LEARNS WINNING CULTURE AS MINORS OPEN SEASON

OVERTON GETS IN ON HOME COOKING; NOGOWSKI LEARNS WINNING CULTURE AS MINORS OPEN SEASON

By Bob Wirz Minor league affiliates of the 30 major league teams only started playing for keeps Thursday so it will take some time before any trends turn up, but a pair of recent Sioux City Explorers standouts already are enjoying some good fortune which could help them position themselves well in their National League […]

Fans stand above the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen before a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, March 24, 2010 in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

CUTS COME FOR AA ALUMNI IN MLB CAMPS, BUT EIGHT START SEASON IN BIG LEAGUES

By Bob Wirz It does not take a rocket scientist to understand why talented young baseball players will do most anything to achieve that all-America goal of playing major league baseball.  The excitement of the bright lights of the best stadiums and the rich salaries–the major league minimum is $550,000–tells it all. So few succeed, […]

MARTIN, WHO STARTED IN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION, SEEMS SET IN RANGERS BULLPEN

MARTIN, WHO STARTED IN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION, SEEMS SET IN RANGERS BULLPEN

By Bob Wirz Chris Martin does not have the big name of fellow American Association grads Max Scherzer and James Paxton, still he seems to have a degree of security in the major leagues as long as he stays healthy despite a shaky spring training.  At 32, the 6-foot-8 right-hander is one of the veterans […]