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CLAGGETT, TRIPP LEAD FIRST-PLACE PERTH

CLAGGETT, TRIPP LEAD FIRST-PLACE PERTH

As the Australian Baseball League nears its postseason, a number of American Association players continue to make their mark in the league. – The league’s top club, the Perth Heat, have been led by St. Paul OF Brandon Tripp. (pictured, right) The two-time Player of the Week (October 31-November 3 and December 27-30) leads the […]

TWINS TAP INDEPENDENT LEAGUES FOR TALENT

TWINS TAP INDEPENDENT LEAGUES FOR TALENT

Independent Baseball Chatter – January 23 By Bob Wirz The Minnesota Twins’ minor league director of operations, Brad Steil, had glowing praise for the Independent leagues when speaking at a hot stove luncheon for the team’s Double-A farm club, New Britain, CT, last week: “I think you’ve seen not just in our organization but in […]

FORMER K.C. MANAGER HOOK HIRED BY RANGERS

FORMER K.C. MANAGER HOOK HIRED BY RANGERS

Arlington, Texas — Former Kansas City T-Bones manager Kenny Hook will serve as the hitting coach for the rookie-level Arizona League Rangers during the 2014 season, the Texas Rangers announced on January 8. The 13-team Arizona League, whose players are recent high school and college draftees, as well as young players from Latin America, plays […]

SALTDOGS' CURT SMITH SOLD TO ST. LOUIS

SALTDOGS’ CURT SMITH SOLD TO ST. LOUIS

Durham, N.C. — The contract of Lincoln Saltdogs IF Curt Smith was purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization on Friday. Smith will report to Cardinals’ spring training, and will likely be assigned to Double-A Springfield once the regular season starts. After joining the Saltdogs in July 2013, Smith had a excellent half-season in Lincoln, […]

TYLER GRAHAM HEADED TO THE WEST COAST

TYLER GRAHAM HEADED TO THE WEST COAST

Durham, N.C. – The San Francisco Giants purchased the contract of OF Tyler Graham from the Sioux City Explorers on Wednesday. Graham, who was claimed by the Explorers off of waivers in October, split the 2013 season between Fargo-Moorhead and Winnipeg. In 65 games with the two teams, the native of Great Falls, Mont., hit […]

NON-ROSTER LIST GROWING WITH NEW FACES

NON-ROSTER LIST GROWING WITH NEW FACES

The number of American Association alumni in big-league spring training camps continues to grow, as several others have received non-roster invitations in the last week. Among them: C Eddy Rodriguez (El Paso 2009, Sioux Falls 2010) – Tampa Bay LHP Ian Thomas (Winnipeg 2011) – Atlanta C Jose Yepez (Pensacola 2006) – Atlanta The three […]

AA UMPIRES NOW INSTRUCTING OTHER CANDIDATES

AA UMPIRES NOW INSTRUCTING OTHER CANDIDATES

American Association and Can-Am League Director of Umpires Kevin Winn points out that three of his “graduates” to affiliated leagues are serving as instructors this fall in what is known as The Umpire School, one of two such operations which help arbiters qualify for assignment to the minor leagues. Clay Park (now in the Texas […]

BRIAN BURGAMY WINS HOME RUN TITLE IN MEXICO

BRIAN BURGAMY WINS HOME RUN TITLE IN MEXICO

Brian Burgamy, the switch-hitting infielder who finished 2013 as a power bat with St. Paul, had an explosive regular season in the Mexican Pacific League, winning the league’s home run title with 15 in 67 games.  Burgamy also led the league in on-base percentage (.419) and slugging percentage (.541) and was second in runs batted […]

T-BONES' TOLER DOMINANT DOWN UNDER

T-BONES’ TOLER DOMINANT DOWN UNDER

After spending the last two seasons with the Kansas City T-Bones, RHP Sean Toler has been a key cog for the second-place Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League this off-season. In 14 appearances for Canberra, Toler is tied for the league lead with seven saves to go along with a 2.57 ERA and 12 […]

SIOUX CITY GOES ALL OUT TO END TITLE DROUGHT

SIOUX CITY GOES ALL OUT TO END TITLE DROUGHT

Independent Baseball Insider Vol. 11, No. 40,  December 19, 2013            Give credit to the Sioux City (IA) Explorers for an exhaustive search for a new manager to help end that community’s 21-year drought without a championship in Independent Baseball.  After all, Sioux City is one of three remaining franchises from the Northern League’s startup […]