Category Archives: Minor Leagues

Bunting for a hit — the first hit

On Saturday, I went to the Lakewood BlueClaws’ game against the Rome Braves, a matchup of two sub-.500 teams with few top prospects in either lineup. The game started out great for Lakewood, with starter Victor Santos retiring the first 10 Braves to face him. And then Andrew Moritz, Rome’s No. 2 batter, reached on

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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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