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MONTGOMERY NAMED EXPLORERS' NEW MANAGER

MONTGOMERY NAMED EXPLORERS’ NEW MANAGER

(Courtesy Sioux City Explorers) Sioux City, Iowa – The Sioux City Explorers announced on Wednesday that they have hired Steve Montgomery as the teams new field manager for the 2014 campaign, which will mark the organization’s 22nd season in Sioux City. Steve Montgomery comes to the Sioux City Explorers in 2014 after spending the last […]

LAREDO'S BRADLEY BLANKS HEADED TO ARIZONA

LAREDO’S BRADLEY BLANKS HEADED TO ARIZONA

Durham, N.C. – The American Association has announced that the contract of Laredo Lemurs RHP Bradley Blanks was sold to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization on Thursday. Blanks was dominant out of the bullpen for Laredo over the last two seasons, going a combined 8-2 with a 1.49 ERA in 56 appearances, all in relief. The […]

C.J. ZIEGLER SOLD TO MINNESOTA TWINS

C.J. ZIEGLER SOLD TO MINNESOTA TWINS

(Courtesy Wichita Wingnuts) Wichita, Kansas – The contract of Wichita Wingnuts slugger C.J. Ziegler was sold to the Minnesota Twins’ organization on Wednesday. Ziegler will report to spring training with the organization in February.  The 28- year old infielder enjoyed a record-breaking 2013 campaign.  Playing in all 107 regular-season and playoff games at first base, […]

OSUNA DOMINANT IN MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

OSUNA DOMINANT IN MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

American Association Winter Baseball Update Mexicali Aguilas LHP Edgar Osuna (Winnipeg ’13) has had a superb start to the 2013 winter baseball season, picking up his league-leading seventh victory of the season after limiting Culiacan to a run on three hits in five and one-third innings of work Friday evening. The native of Mazatlan, Mexico, […]

FIVE YEARS OFF, NOW BIG STRIDES FOR CHRIS MARTIN

FIVE YEARS OFF, NOW BIG STRIDES FOR CHRIS MARTIN

Independent Baseball Insider by Bob Wirz Vol. 11, No. 39,   December 5, 2013            Chris Martin does not have to be protected on Boston’s 40-man roster for another season although if his rapid rise continues the 6-foot-7 righty with a mid-90s fastball would not be a complete shock to get a call to Fenway […]

PERALTA OPENS EYES FOR ARIZONA

PERALTA OPENS EYES FOR ARIZONA

One of the hidden gems to emerge from the American Association last season and earn praise from his new major league organization is left-handed-hitting outfielder David Peralta, a 26-year-old who originally was a pitcher. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Venezuelan hit .332 at Wichita, KS one year ago, .352 in 42 games at Amarillo, TX early this […]

AA ALUM SCHERZER RECEIVES A.L. CY YOUNG AWARD

AA ALUM SCHERZER RECEIVES A.L. CY YOUNG AWARD

Detroit, Mich. – Detroit Tigers righthanded pitcher Max Scherzer was named the 2013 American League Cy Young Award recipient on Wednesday, receiving 28 of 30 first-place votes. Scherzer was the major leagues’ only 20-game winner this season, going 21-3 after starting the season 13-0. In his sixth season in the big leagues, the St. Louis […]

WINTER BASEBALL UPDATE: VENEZUELA, MEXICO

WINTER BASEBALL UPDATE: VENEZUELA, MEXICO

Several 2013 American Association players, including Wichita’s Abel Nieves (pictured), are continuing their seasons in the winter leagues of Latin America. Among them, Sioux City’s Edgar Osuna has been superb for the Mexicali Aguilas of  the Mexican Pacific League, going 3-1 with a 2.39 ERA in five starts. Meanwhile, Fargo-Moorhead’s C.J. Retherford is tied for the […]

T-BONES HIRE NEW MANAGER

T-BONES HIRE NEW MANAGER

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones have announced that John Massarelli has been hired as the club’s new manager. Massarelli, 47, brings to Kansas City an overall record of 716-536 in 12 seasons as a professional baseball manager. Most recently, he managed the expansion Lake Erie Crushers of the independent Frontier League to […]

WINTER BASEBALL UPDATE: AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE

WINTER BASEBALL UPDATE: AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE

As baseball’s winter league seasons begin, a number of 2013 American Association players will be spending the season in the six-team Australian Baseball League, which began its campaign this week. After slamming a pair of home runs over the weekend, Perth’s Brandon Tripp (pictured, St. Paul 2011, 2013) is currently tied for the league lead […]