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SNELTEN MAKES QUICK LEAP FROM CHICAGO DOGS TO MLB SPRING TRAINING WITH TAMPA BAY

SNELTEN MAKES QUICK LEAP FROM CHICAGO DOGS TO MLB SPRING TRAINING WITH TAMPA BAY

By Bob Wirz It is not often when a player gets invited to a major league spring training camp right after spending a season in an Independent league unless he has some type of high profile history. The Chicago Dogs‘  D. J. Snelten, who had four brief relief appearances (4.1 innings) with San Francisco early […]

FORMER CANARIES BACKSTOP EDDY RODRIGUEZ LANDS MLB COACHING JOB WITH MARLINS

FORMER CANARIES BACKSTOP EDDY RODRIGUEZ LANDS MLB COACHING JOB WITH MARLINS

By Bob Wirz It does not matter where Eddy Rodriguez’s baseball career takes him in the future, the one highlight from the Cuban native’s 12-year playing career that everyone will want to talk about is the home run he hit off of Johnny Cueto in Cincinnati August 2, 2012. Rodriguez, the sturdy catcher already pretty […]

RED SOX FINDING SUCCESS WITH RAILCATS STARS

RED SOX FINDING SUCCESS WITH RAILCATS STARS

By Bob Wirz Call it whatever you want.  Threesome.  Triumvirate.  Triad. Regardless of the choice, it is more than a little bit intriguing to notice that a trio–yes, that number–of former Gary SouthShore RailCats position players have gone on to the Boston Red Sox organization in recent times.  All three are drawing some attention, too. […]

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION GRADS JOINING MLB ORGS; INDY PLAYER OF YEAR NOT YET AMONG THEM

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION GRADS JOINING MLB ORGS; INDY PLAYER OF YEAR NOT YET AMONG THEM

By Bob Wirz While the steady tick of American Association players getting opportunities in major league organizations has been impressive the list has one noticeable omission. Where is Chicago Dogs first baseman Keon Barnum? All the young slugger has done within the last few months is break the league’s home run record with 31 bombs […]

BARNUM NAMED INDEPENDENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR

BARNUM NAMED INDEPENDENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Release and photo courtesy Chicago Dogs Rosemont, Ill. — Chicago Dogs 1B Keon Barnum, the American Association’s 2019 Player of the Year, he has been selected as the top player in all of independent baseball, being named Baseball America’s Independent Baseball Player of the Year, the outlet announced. In Barnum’s first season with the Dogs, […]

AA PLAYERS MAKING THEIR MARK DOWN UNDER

AA PLAYERS MAKING THEIR MARK DOWN UNDER

Nearly two dozen current and former American Association players are spending their off-seasons in the Australian Baseball League. The league features a mix of players from Australia and New Zealand, as well as the rest of the baseball world. In his first season in the ABL, C Jeremy Martinez (pictured, St. Paul ’19,), one of […]

QUARTET OF FORMER SIOUX CITY HURLERS A STEP AWAY FROM MAJORS

QUARTET OF FORMER SIOUX CITY HURLERS A STEP AWAY FROM MAJORS

By Bob Wirz When the subject comes up of trying to pinpoint the next group of American Association players who could join the major league ranks before long one certain indicator is to find those now in Triple-A, the top minor league level. Offseason rosters usually get set before the Winter Meetings, and looking at […]

ALUMNI UPDATE: SCOTT SIGNS IN JAPAN; THOMAS INKS WITH A'S; HOYT TO CLEVELAND 40-MAN

ALUMNI UPDATE: SCOTT SIGNS IN JAPAN; THOMAS INKS WITH A’S; HOYT TO CLEVELAND 40-MAN

By Bob Wirz Another recent American Association pitcher must feel like he has struck oil, this time in Japan. Tayler Scott, who received considerable attention last summer when he became the first South African native to pitch in the major leagues, has signed to play with the Hiroshima Carp, and NPBTracker.com, which helped announce the […]

FARGO-MOORHEAD'S McNUTT IS GETTING ATTENTION AS HE JOINS GIANTS ORGANIZATION

FARGO-MOORHEAD’S McNUTT IS GETTING ATTENTION AS HE JOINS GIANTS ORGANIZATION

By Bob Wirz It is not exactly new for a relief pitcher to mature in the American Association and not too much later find himself getting a major league opportunity.  Prime examples among current major leaguers include St. Louis’s John Brebbia (Sioux Falls and Laredo), Atlanta’s Chris Martin (Grand Prairie) and Tampa Bay’s Chaz Roe […]

FORMER AIRHOG CHRIS MARTIN RE-SIGNS WITH BRAVES

FORMER AIRHOG CHRIS MARTIN RE-SIGNS WITH BRAVES

By Bob Wirz  It is only a bad joke to say that every American Association player should be looking up to Chris Martin these days even if the Atlanta Braves reliever does measure out at a basketball-worthy 6-foot-8. The real reason to use Martin as an example to today’s players comes about because the right-handed […]