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How Minor League Baseball is closely interwoven

With the Colorado Springs Sky Sox not even gone yet, it remains to be seen if they will leave any time soon, the city of Colorado Springs and Dave Elmore, owner of the Sky Sox, are discussing the possibility to keep minor league baseball in the city with a downtown ballpark. But this downtown ballpark will not one that can be the home for a AAA team.

It may look like a strange situation. The Sky Sox have not even signed a deal with the city
of San Antonio yet, as the latter is still discussing how to fund a new downtown AAA ballpark. And that is on which it is all depending: A move of the Sky Sox to San Antonio. Next to that the San Antonio Missions (AA, Texas League), must find a new home too. Still Amarillo is the best option but also in that city they are still finding a way to fund the stadium.

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Schoop brothers united

For the first time in history, Jonathan and Sharlon Schoop will be on the same MLB squad.
The announced the news today.

For two seasons, Sharlon was part of Baltimore’s AAA team, the Norfolk Tides, but despite being one step away from the Bigs, the call up never came until yesterday. Today Sharlon will join the Orioles MLB team.

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Minor League history: Empire State League

In 1913 there were two Empire State Leagues. One in the state of New York and one in the southern part of Georgia. It is commonly known that New York is known as the Empire State, but Georgia was also promoted as the Empire State of the South by business promoters. 

Cities represented:

Americus, GA: Americus Muckalees 1913
Brunswick, GA: Brunswick Pilots 1913
Cordele, GA: Cordele Babies 1913
Thomasville, GA: Thomasville Hornets 1913
Valdosta, GA: Valdosta Millionaires 1913
Waycross, GA: Waycross Blowhards 1913

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Crosley Field commemorated

As a classic ballpark lover, this news is much to my liking.

Crosley Field, former home of the Cincinnati Reds before they moved into Riverfront Stadium, will be commemorated with a mural at the former ballpark site. Currently the City Gospel Mission is located there.

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New indy league to start today

Today a new independent league will start. The United Shore Professional Baseball League will tee off at Jimmy John’s Field, a ballpark built especially for the new league.
This stadium will be the home to the three inaugural teams: The Utica Unicorns, the United Shore Professional Baseball LeagueBirmingham-Bloomfield Beavers and the Eastside Diamond Hoppers.

The founder and owner of the league is former Fort Wayne Wizards (now the fort Wayne TinCaps) owner Andy Appleby. According to Appleby, each league is as strong as its
weakest owner. Therefore Appleby owns all teams, even when the league will expand in the coming years.

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Tomorrow is a New Day

Max-ScherzerBy: Mike Carter

The other night, as I was putting my kids to bed my phone buzzed, which is unusual at that time of night, unless it’s my family texting the usual back and forth. After about 8 PM, I lose the ability to speak and to think coherently. So I basically shut myself off except for the “brush your teeth” and “feed your fish” commands to my children. I walk myself through my evenings, bone-tired and half-dead to the world around me, in the middle of a country that will choose between a narcissistic, reality TV star/liar and a narcissistic, career politician/liar for our highest office.

This buzz was different. It was my MLB app telling me that the Washington Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer was going for the single-game strikeout record in the ninth inning against the Tigers. He had a legitimate shot at breaking it. Scherzer had ground 19 batters into the ground with his effortless motion and potent mix of pitches.

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Minor League history: Eastern Shore League (1937-1941)

The second edition of the Eastern Shore League started in 1937 and ran through the 1941 season. Just like the first edition (1922-1928) the league was located on the Delmarva Peninsula which is the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Once again the league had a class D classification.

Cities represented:

Cambridge, MD: Cambridge Cardinals 1937-1939; Cambridge Canners 1940-1941;
Centreville, MD: Centreville Colts 1937-1939; Centreville Red Sox 1940-1941;
Crisfield, MD: Crisfield Crabbers 1937
Dover, DE: Dover Orioles 1937-1940
Easton, MD: Easton Browns 1937; Easton Cubs 1938; Easton Yankees 1939-1941
Federalsburg, MD: Federalsburg Little A’s 1937-1941
Milford, DE: Milford Giants 1938-1941
Pocomoke City, MD:  Pocomoke City Red Sox 1937-1939
Salisbury, MD: Salisbury Indians 1937-1938; Salisbury (MD) Senators 1939; Salisbury Cardinals1 940-1941

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Taking in a Game at Yankee Stadium

13041336_1159982617365731_8732711856755016913_oBy: Stan Randolph

A few weeks ago my wife and I were in New York City for a few days as part of an eleven day vacation through New England. Having been a baseball fan all of my life and a Yankee fan since the days of Mickey Mantle and reinforced with the addition of Willie Randolph (notice the last name) I couldn’t pass up a chance to see a game at Yankee Stadium. As luck would it have it they were playing our Seattle Mariners and Felix Hernandez was pitching for Seattle.

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Van den Hurk clinches fourteenth NPB win

A fifty year old record in the NPB fell today as Rick van den Hurk clinced his fourteenth victory without recording a loss. The previous record for rookie pitchers and foreign pitchers stood at thirteen. In a close game Rick had a formidable opponent in Ayumu Ishikawa, who gave up only two runs.


Van den Hurk doesn’t clinch record setting 14th win yet

Today the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks took on the Nippon Ham Fighters in Sapporo. On the mound for the team from Fukuoka was Rick van den Hurk, who was on pace to break the record of consecutive win for a new pitcher in the NPB and for a foreign pitcher in the NPB.  With a 4-0 record this season with a 1.80 ERA and with thirteen wins since his debut, the expectations were high. Rick was one of the few glimmers of hope as the Hawks came off a bad start. But in the mean time the team is back in the spot where they finished the past two seasons in the Pacific League: first place.

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