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WILKERSON SHINES ON MOUND AND AT BAT IN LATEST MLB STINT WITH MILWAUKEE BREWERS

WILKERSON SHINES ON MOUND AND AT BAT IN LATEST MLB STINT WITH MILWAUKEE BREWERS

By Bob Wirz Aaron Wilkerson has been on the brink of becoming a fixture in the major leagues for the last three years since Boston used him in a trade with Milwaukee and he plowed through the Southern League (11-4, 3.16 at Biloxi) to earn his brief first trip into the National League. (Photo Credit: […]

STADIUM CONSTRUCTION DELAYS CAUSE MILWAUKEE MILKMEN TO MOVE FIRST FIVE SERIES TO KOKOMO

STADIUM CONSTRUCTION DELAYS CAUSE MILWAUKEE MILKMEN TO MOVE FIRST FIVE SERIES TO KOKOMO

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Due to weather-related construction delays at Routine Field in Franklin, Wisc., the American Association has moved the first five home series for the expansion Milwaukee Milkmen’s 2019 schedule to Kokomo Municipal Stadium in Kokomo, Ind. The Milkmen’s Routine Field opener is now scheduled for Monday, June 24 against the Gary SouthShore RailCats. […]

FEATHERSTON, FITZGERALD ENJOY GREAT STARTS AS RARITIES AMONG SHORTSTOP PROSPECTS

FEATHERSTON, FITZGERALD ENJOY GREAT STARTS AS RARITIES AMONG SHORTSTOP PROSPECTS

By Bob Wirz Infielders seem to have a major challenge in trying to climb their way from an Independent league such as the American Association all the way to the major leagues.  Rey Ordonez was a rare exception when the Cuban made his way from St. Paul when it was in the Northern League to […]

TEXAS AIRHOGS NAME CHRIS BANDO NEW MANAGER

TEXAS AIRHOGS NAME CHRIS BANDO NEW MANAGER

GRAND PRAIRIE, Tx. – The Texas AirHogs are proud to announce that former Major League player and coach Chris Bando will serve as the team’s manager for the 2019 season. “I am very excited for the opportunity that the AirHogs organization has given me and will take great pride in leading this team to their greatest potential,” […]

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 […]

REDHAWKS TAB BENNETT AS NEW MANAGER

REDHAWKS TAB BENNETT AS NEW MANAGER

FARGO, N.D. – The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have named Jim Bennett as the team’s third manager in franchise history. The announcement was made a press conference Wednesday morning at Newman Outdoor Field. Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Seattle Mariners in 1988, the California native pitched in affiliated-baseball for three years. He was 2-1 […]

14 ALUMS IN MLB CAMPS ONE YEAR AFTER SIGNING

14 ALUMS IN MLB CAMPS ONE YEAR AFTER SIGNING

Calling all American Association managers and personnel directors! If one needs ammunition to persuade a player the league is right for helping them reach the major leagues the promotional brochure is right in front of you.  In bold type.  And in bright colors screaming for attention. Does this sound inflated?  No, it is based on […]

SIOUX FALLS' FRITZE PURCHASED BY DIAMONDBACKS

SIOUX FALLS’ FRITZE PURCHASED BY DIAMONDBACKS

(Photo via Ry Tupper Photography) MOORHEAD, MINN. — The Sioux Falls Canaries have sold the contract of RHP Ryan Fritze to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the American Association announced. Fritze is the 15th American Association player to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization in 2019, and the 35th since the beginning of the 2018 regular […]