Category Archives: Minor Leagues

Marte and Ventura, when they had their careers in front of them

I saw the Andy Marte news first. I was having a quiet Sunday morning, reading The New York Times and Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, my phone silent and face-down on a table next to me. When I picked it up, an MLB alert told me of Marte’s death in a car crash in the Dominican Republic.

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Leaping down the line

The above photo is quite the capture, isn’t it? Joseph Monge of the Greenville Drive after he hurdled through Lakewood BlueClaws pitcher Yoel Mecias (who lost his glove) and first baseman Rhys Hoskins. Hoskins fielded the bunt and threw to the second baseman covering first for the out. But what’s not so great is the previous

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Jackie Robinson history in Jersey City

As we all know, Jackie Robinson made his Major League debut on April 15, 1947, an event that is celebrated each year on that date with every player on every club wearing No. 42. But three days later is another important anniversary in Robinson’s — and baseball’s — history. On April 18, 1946, he made

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How far down on the farm?

While driving to Virginia last weekend to hang with some college buddies, my thoughts turned to baseball. This often happens on I-95 as I pass the exits to various minor league cities — first Wilmington, then Aberdeen … Bowie … Frederick … It’s Aberdeen that usually triggers more thorough contemplation, because the IronBirds’ Ripken Stadium

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Hunting Bears

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon a few nice finds when it comes to historical New Jersey baseball. This Newark Bears team photo was discovered when I decided to click on one of those promotional e-mails I usually just delete. It was for a discount in the Historic Images store, and when I

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