Sean Murphy, a pitcher in the Oakland A’s minor league system since 2010, died in Arizona on Monday. He was 27.
Pitcher Tyler Dunnington was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014, and after pitching well in 19 games in the low minors, walked away from the game. He recently emailed Cyd Zeigler of Outsports to explain that he did so because the homophobia he encountered in clubhouses was too much for him as a gay man. The…
Mike Nolan died on Thursday three weeks after he was shot outside of a Yonkers, N.Y. Burger Kings on September 18. Nolan and friends were standing around outside when their group was shot at from a car moving along Central Avenue. He was 23 years old.
Police arrested a North Carolina man last Sunday after he allegedly stole a minor league baseball team’s mascot costume and partied around Charlotte while wearing it. The mugshot and mullet of Joe Gillespie, who was charged with possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana, contained so much mystery, but…
Brandon Martin, who played three years in the Tampa Bay organization after being taken by the Rays in the first round of the 2011 draft, is in custody tonight on charges of double murder.
Spoiler Alert: They don’t really let Will Ferrell pitch in Ferrell Takes the Field, his stunt HBO doc where he plays every position (plus designated hitter) for 10 different MLB teams during one day of 2015 spring training action in Arizona. No, in his 90-second stint with the Dodgers, he throws one quote-unquote…
All dogs are good dogs. This is objective fact and I will not hear any arguments against it. But some dogs, like Miss Babe Ruth of Greensboro, N.C., are better dogs. Since she was a nine-month-old puppy, the black labrador retriever has worked for the Class A Greensboro Grasshoppers, living up to her breed’s namesake…
Tonight’s Florida State League game between the Clearwater Threshers and Tampa Yankees at George Steinbrenner Field was cancelled tonight due to a distracting circus tent behind the outfield fence.
Sometimes minor league baseball promotions are weird and bad, but sometimes they are weird and good. I say this one, from a recent West Michigan Whitecaps game, falls into the latter category. I say this because I enjoy watching children fall.
There are bad losses, then there are bad losses, and somewhere well past that are losses where your ninth-inning go-ahead home run doesn’t count because you didn’t touch home plate after rounding the bases.
Minor league promotions are a mixed bag. For every gloriously bizarre event like “bring your badger to the ballpark” or whatever, there’s a 4-H Night or a grass giveaway or a sad appearance by a washed-up celebrity. Sunday’s appearance by Corey Feldman at the State College (Penn.) Spikes appeared to fall into the…
Former Orem Owlz media director Joey Zanaboni says he stepped down after only two weeks on the job due to the team’s refusal to reconsider “Caucasian Heritage Night”—only to see the team eventually relent after public scorn and mockery.
The Orem Owlz canceled a planned “Caucasian Heritage Night” after the Angels’ Rookie League affiliate found itself in the center of controversy over the ill-chosen promotion. The team’s media director also resigned as a result of the backlash. The team offered this attempt to explain the promotion:
The Boise Hawks, a Colorado Rockies farm team, are fed up with the sun. For too long, the threat in the sky has shined in the eyes of fans at Memorial Stadium. (Earlier this week, it bossed around Blue Jays and Red Sox players.) The Hawks have a strategy now, however: a blimp.
Yankees catching prospect Wes Wilson had an amazing night. First he caught 15 innings. Then he pitched two perfect innings, and won the game for the Class-A Tampa Yankees with a home run in the 17th inning. But if he wants the ball back, he’s going to have to pay up.
Astros prospect Derek Fisher earned promotion to the California League Lancaster JetHawks this weekend, and made the most of his first game at Class A (Advanced) with a 4-6, three home run, 12 RBI performance that smashed a single-game league record that had held for 61 years.
Just days after we watched Arizona State’s Johnny Sewald catch his own hit by pitch, it happened again last night as Norfolk Tides outfielder Dariel Álvarez snagged Manny Delcarmen’s errant pitch and returned it back to the former Red Sox hurler himself.
Minor league baseball is a cheap good time, as long as you don’t hold the players to too many expectations. Here’s Rockies AA affiliate New Britain committing three errors on the same play in the bottom of the fifth today at Harrisburg. Here’s how the official play by play recorded it:
Frisco RoughRiders manager Joe Mikulik is no stranger to the in-game meltdown; his name first appeared in these pages nine years ago en route to a SHOTY nomination; a more recent tantrum a year ago also earned our admiration. So while it’s no surprise Mikulik exploded Saturday night after umpire Bryan Fields ejected…