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This Week on Talkin’ Sports

Tune in Saturday morning at 9 to Talkin’ Sports on ESPN Radio 1380, as we’ll be talking with Komet legend George Drysdale about the Komet Legends/Detroit Red Wings exhibition game next Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.

We’ll also talk with Chad Gramling, author of the book Baseball in Fort Wayne. Chad will share with us how a local baseball organization will benefit financially from sales of his book.

We’ll preview the IHSAA Girls State Championship basketball games and Boys basketball sectional finals.The PSI/One Eleven Design Athlete of the Week will be named and we’ll be taking your phone calls at 447-8500 with comments, questions, rants and opinions.

Nominations for the PSI/One Eleven Design Athlete of the Week can be submitted to this e-mail address or: wkjg1380@yahoo.com.

Tune in Saturday mornings at 9 for Talkin’ Sports on WKJG-ESPN Radio 1380.

Talkin’ Sports is brought to you each week by: INdigital Telecom, Perfection Bakeries/Aunt Millie’s, Wise Insurance and PSI/One Eleven Design.

Talkin’ Sports. Local Guests. Local Topics. Local Opinion.

Buy the Book, Support NEIBA

Baseball in Fort WayneThe Baseball in Fort Wayne blog is going stronger than ever, with spring training producing a lot of traffic from researchers and fans looking for information about new and emerging faces on their teams. The Baseball in Fort Wayne book has reached a point in it’s life where the publisher (Arcadia) is reducing warehouse inventory. That being the case, I have been offered the opportunity to purchase copies at a discounted rate. So I have decided to make this into an opportunity that is a win-win-win-win for the readers/buyers, the publisher, me and the Northeast Indiana Baseball Association (NEIBA).

I have purchased some of the available copies. I intend to sell all of them at a rate that is discounted from the cover price AND $1.50 from each book sale will be donated to NEIBA! That’s right, $1.50 from EVERY BOOK SOLD.

To make this an easy process of managing the sales, shipping and inventory, I have set up a PayPal checkout process (see below). Please use this to make your purchase. I am happy to personally sign each that one that you buy. If you need more room to give me specific signing instructions, please send them via my on-line contact form AFTER you have made your purchase.

$17.00 Sales Price + Shipping (Media Mail). $1.50 of every purchase donated to the Northeast Indiana Baseball Assocation! Supply is limited, so order today!

The Top Tens of 2008

Everyone else is doing it, so I guess I better too. Here are my top ten hit posts and top ten referrers of 1008. Thanks to all who have read and all who have referred. I’m looking forward to another great year in 2009!

Top 10 Posts:

  1. First Round Pick Kellen Kulbacki Joining Wizards
  2. Wizards No More? Fort Wayne’s 2009 Team
  3. Mitch Canham is the Herald’s Man of the Year in Sports
  4. 2008 Eric Wedge Baseball Camps
  5. Matt Latos to Join Fort Wayne
  6. Wizards Logo…The Best in Minor League Baseball
  7. Cedric Hunter Making Good on Promise
  8. Youth Baseball Thrives in Northeast Indiana
  9. Jarrod Parker to Debut with SilverHawks
  10. Nick Hundley to Join Padres’s Roster

Top 10 Referrers

  1. padreblogs.com
  2. whatsgoingdowntown.com
  3. indiana.typepad.com/fwob
  4. fwbaseballfed.org/links.htm
  5. abeautifulcity.org
  6. journalgazette.net/apps/pbcs.dll/Sect…
  7. pittsburghpirates.buccoblog.com/bucs-…
  8. jgwebblogs.typepad.com/wizards
  9. gaslampball.com
  10. neibaseball.org/links.shtml

IPFW’s Brandon Knowling on 2009 Brooks Wallace Preseason Watch List

The College Baseball Foundation has announced its pre-season release of the 2009 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Watch List (h/t The College Baseball Blog. The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

The only name I saw on the list with local ties was IPFW’s left-handed pitcher, Brandon Knowling. Knowling is a graduate of McCutcheon High School in Lafayette. Before joining IPFW, Brandon attended Kaskaskia Community College.

The 2009 award banquet will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 2, in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University. Congrats Brandon and best of luck to you and IPFW this season.

Baseball in Fort Wayne 2.0?

If you are into the Social Media/Community/Web 2.0 thing, make sure you include Baseball in Fort Wayne in your hi-jinx! I’ve gotten around to creating profiles on MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. I encourage you to add/follow this blog if you are on any of those networks.

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This blog started out as a way to promote my book, but has grown to a personal passion and mission. So I guess it’s already in it’s “2.0” version, but there’s no telling where it might go from here. We’re successfully engaging folks from all across the nation and in many other countries, so hopefully I am doing my part to preserve and promote the baseball heritage of Northeast Indiana in some fashion. 

That’s pretty much what I set out to do in the first place. 🙂

Michael Morrison to Play for Louisville in 2009

Former Bishop Luers standout, Michael Morrison joined the Louisville Cardinals’ 2009 recruiting class. The first baseman is currently a sophomore at Gulf Coast Community College in Flordia. He is Luers’ school record holder in average (.514) and home runs (13 as a freshman). He was a three-time All-State selection in high school and was named a Louisville Slugger High School All-American.

Louisville had recruited Morrison out of Luers, but Morrison felt it was best for his career potential to begin at Gulf Coast; which is a junior college.

Read More at: Louisville Baseball | Panama City News Herald

Matt Bush; Nick Schmidt Making Progress in Instructional League

MadFriars’ Denis Savage reports that former first round (and number one overall) pick, Matt Bush threw 30 pitches in first instructional league outing. 

The right-hander had experienced triceps tenderness late last week, which pushed his outing back a bit. The tenderness is said to be normal and par for the rehab course, pushing through the scar tissue from his surgery.

Bush threw his full repertoire, tossing fastballs, curveballs and changeups. Control, as expected, was an issue on several of his pitches. The fastballs weren’t of the 98 MPH variety he had thrown when first transitioning to pitcher from shortstop but had considerable zip.

His curveball had impressive spin – more than Bush expected. Balls that started out in the zone careened to the left and outside the zone. It was a pitch that he did not toss for a strike.

The pitch that looked exceptional was the changeup. He had Chalk and Forsythe swinging over top of the pitch anytime he tossed it.

Forsythe was able to put his bat on a fastball and drive it far while Chalk went down and took a low fastball and smoked a liner to left. It was, however, more about finding command for Bush.

Overall, Bush was happy with the outing.

“I felt good,” Bush said. “I just wanted to go out there and not have any pain or discomfort. That is all going away. It feels like that is all going away. I am just trying to throw strikes and get a feel for each pitch and remember how my curveball breaks.

Certainly would be interesting to see Matt Bush return to Fort Wayne and be among a small group of players to be a Wizard and TinCap!

Another former top pick and Wizard, Nick Schmidt is also on the mend from Tommy John surgery and hoping to rebound during instructional league play. He took the mound and thre 25 pitches with slightly better control.

I Saw Them in Fort Wayne: Ambiorix Burgos

Ambriorix Burgos
Ambiorix Burgos

Back in 2004, I snapped this shot of future New York Mets pitcher, Ambiorix Burgos while he was visiting with the Burlington Bees (a Kansas City affiliate).

In 2006, he was traded by Royals to Mets for Brian Bannister and later resigned by the Mets, but spent all of 2008 on the disabled list.

Unfortunately, Burgos has run into mucho trouble as of late.

In September, the reliever was arrested on assault and harassment charges after being accused of throwing his girlfriend to the ground.

Not long after that, the 24-year-old Dominican native was allegedly driving an SUV when it slammed into two women who later died of their injuries. A search for the pitcher began after the hit-and-run incident. A week later, he turned himself in to Dominican authorities. The mother of one of the victims is accusing Burgos of intentionally running her daughter over because she refused to go out with him.

Update (10/09): Looks like Burgos will spend the next three months in jail until his trial for the hit and run “out of concern for his safety.” Although, he seems to think he’ll make his October 23rd hearing in New York for the assault charge. He and his family are claiming his innocence and assert that he is being singled out by his jealous countrymen.

Introducing the Tin Caps, Wizards Name Change Official

After more than 2,500 suggestions from the community and the scrutiny of Minor League Baseball on the finalists that were submitted, the Fort Wayne Wizards have a new name.Fort Wayne Tin Caps.

The Fort Wayne Tin Caps

Moving forward, the team will be called the Fort Wayne Tin Caps

The name was unveiled earlier during a press conference today. H/T to Brian at WhatsGoingDown(Town) for passing along the web link.

Fort Wayne, IN – When Parkview Field opens next season, Fort Wayne and the surrounding communities in Northeast Indiana, Northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan will be cheering on the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Hardball Capital CEO Jason Freier, and team general manager Mike Nutter, unveiled the team’s new identity and logo at a press conference at the Grand Wayne Center this morning.

The “TinCaps” moniker is a reference to the beloved pioneer Johnny Appleseed, who was known for wearing his tin cooking pot upon his head. The primary logo will be an apple wearing Johnny’s trademark “Tin Cap.” Two alternate logos will incorporate the City’s initials, “FW” with each a “Tin Cap” and an apple stem and leaf. The team’s primary color scheme will consist of organic colors — green, red and brown. This color scheme is consistent with both the Johnny Appleseed theme and the project goal of creating Parkview Field as a true park and gathering place within the center of downtown Fort Wayne.

“In Minor League Baseball you have the opportunity to create a brand that with a true regional flavor,” stated General Manager, Mike Nutter. “Johnny Appleseed, while known nationally, is a regional pioneer and folk hero. His story, and the history of this area, gives us an identity that is distinctively Fort Wayne. Johnny was a pioneer of the Midwest frontier in a time with seemingly endless opportunity. We feel a part of a new frontier in Fort Wayne’s growing downtown with the continued development of the Harrison Square project.”

Although the name and identity were arrived at (and were working their way through Minor League Baseball’s processes) prior to the time that the agreement was reached with Parkview Health to be the naming rights partner at Parkview Field, the confluence of the apple theme’s classic symbol of health and well-being, and the partnership with Parkview is viewed by both the team and Parkview as fortuitous.

The creation of a new identity for the team began with a community-wide “Re-Name the Team” contest that drew over 2,500 suggestions over the course of the two week entry period. Further input was collected from the community regarding some of the more prevalent categories identified as a result of the contest entries. At the close of the process all of the suggestions and input were considered by local and national marketing experts along with the team’s staff and ownership. The team sought a new identity that had its roots in the Fort Wayne community, would appeal to a wide audience and was unique in the crowded national sports landscape.

The TinCaps will begin play at Parkview Field on Thursday, April 16th at 7:00pm when they take on the Dayton Dragons on Opening Day of the new ballpark.

For more information on TinCaps season tickets, group outings or corporate partnerships for the 2009 season at Parkview Field contact the team at (260) 482-6400.

No major suprise to those who have been following the story. But now that it is official, please use this post as a forum to discuss. Comments are definately welcomed.