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FUENMAYOR'S STREAK HITS 14 IN MEXICAN LEAGUE

FUENMAYOR’S STREAK HITS 14 IN MEXICAN LEAGUE

First baseman Balbino Fuenmayor, who first played at Laredo in 2013 when that city had an American Association team, is back in the city and making plenty of noise with his bat for the now Mexican League team. He has hit safely in all 14 games he has played, a robust .380 (19-for-50) with four […]

IMPRESSIVE TRIPLE-A DEBUTS FOR HOLMAN, PHILLIPS

IMPRESSIVE TRIPLE-A DEBUTS FOR HOLMAN, PHILLIPS

David Holman and Anthony Phillips (pictured) have a few things in common since they both played a season in the American Association, and they are teammates with the Colorado Rockies’ top farm club in Albuquerque. Oh yes, each had a very solid initial performance with the Isotopes as they continue their quest to join a number […]

NINE LEAGUE ALUMNI NOW IN MAJOR LEAGUES

NINE LEAGUE ALUMNI NOW IN MAJOR LEAGUES

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz In the ups and downs of the major leagues, pitcher John Brebbia (pictured, Sioux Falls ’14, Laredo ’15) is back with the St. Louis Cardinals after spending a few days at Triple-A Memphis and Junior Guerra (Wichita ’11, ’13) rejoined Milwaukee from Colorado Springs to start Wednesday (1 […]

KNOWLEDGE IS POWERFUL FOR VETERAN ALUMNI

KNOWLEDGE IS POWERFUL FOR VETERAN ALUMNI

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Since Washington reliever Brandon Kintzler already has 299 pitching appearances on his record and Seattle starter James Paxton has made 75 starts these onetime American Association hurlers are entitled to voice their opinions. And, they are doing just that, Kintzler to help himself and teammates and Paxton to […]

MARTIN, FIVE OTHERS ON OPENING DAY ROSTERS

MARTIN, FIVE OTHERS ON OPENING DAY ROSTERS

The final few days of spring training pointed out once again just how difficult it is to secure a spot on a major league Opening Day roster, but the American Association, despite some disappointments,  can take pride that it has more of its former players among the 750 active players than any other Independent league. […]

TAKING AN ALUMNI TOUR OF SPRING TRAINING

TAKING AN ALUMNI TOUR OF SPRING TRAINING

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Four more former American Association players have had a day or more in major league uniforms recently lifting that count this spring to 10 in addition to the 18 who have trained daily at baseball’s highest level as 40-man roster players or non-roster invitees. The latest group is […]

SAINTS' GROUNDSKEEPER NETS MAJOR LEAGUE JOB

SAINTS’ GROUNDSKEEPER NETS MAJOR LEAGUE JOB

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz With only one week before the major leagues fire up the official “Play Ball” call, the attention normally falls to the tension of players awaiting final word whether they have made a major league roster or will be going back to the minors.  The American Association has had […]

FORMER EXPLORER SCOTT DAZZLES WITH RANGERS

FORMER EXPLORER SCOTT DAZZLES WITH RANGERS

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Tayler Scott‘s first major league spring training is over because the Texas Rangers have sent the non-roster pitcher who was playing in Sioux City a mere two years ago down to their minor league camp.  But the 25-year-old has made an indelible mark, and still has the very […]

COURT OFF TO SOLID START IN CUBS' SPRING CAMP

COURT OFF TO SOLID START IN CUBS’ SPRING CAMP

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz It is very difficult for a non-roster player, especially one without previous major league experience, to break through to baseball’s top level.  If the player is beyond the mid-20s and his team is one of the game’s best, well, the odds get even tougher. Not impossible, though.  Just […]

CULTURE SHOCK ABROAD FOR ADLEMAN

CULTURE SHOCK ABROAD FOR ADLEMAN

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Texas Rangers RHP Chris Martin would be a good resource for another onetime American Association reliever, who is admitting to some culture shock as he trains in Japan in preparation for his initial season in Korea. “I’ve been to many first days of school in my life, but […]