Tag 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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A devil of a ballplayer

So we’re sitting in a bar in Jersey City last week, enjoying the selection of New Jersey craft beers and gazing occasionally at one of the two TVs in the space. They’re not showing any college football, however. Instead, it’s Cary Grant in black and white. Soon, the movie ends and the TCM logo appears

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Myrl Brown: Baseball’s first M.L.B.

  You never know what will bring you to uncover the name of a long-forgotten ballplayer. A feat here, a tidbit there, and all of a sudden, you’re reading about an obscure pitcher who appeared in just seven games, all before Yankee Stadium was built, and who died before Cal Ripken Jr. made his Major

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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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