Wow! Can you believe this blockbuster trade that the Boston Red Sox have swung with the LA Dodgers?!?!? Gone from beantown is Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto and Carl Crawford. Coming back in return is James Loney and a handful of prospects. One such prospect is Jerry Sands (who I actually thought had a higher upside than Mike Trout – shows what I know!). Both Sands and Trout were part of the Home Run Derby during the Midwest League All-Star Game festivities in 2010. Here’s one of the many hacks Sands took…
As reported previously, the Lake County and Bowling Green squads from the South Atlantic League will be moving to the Midwest League beginning in 2010. Two more teams for the to-be-named Fort Wayne team to face off against.
The Bowling Green club, formerly known as the Columbus Catfish, is relocating from Georgia to Kentucky for the 2009 season. Club officials are holding a name the team contest in Bowling Green and the team will play in a state-of-the-art 4,000 seat stadium, currently under construction.
The Lake County Captains are in their sixth year as a South Atlantic League club in the Cleveland, Ohio, suburb of Eastlake. The Captains relocated to their current home in 2003, after operating as the Columbus (GA) RedStixx from 1992-2002.
Here’s a new feature I’m adding to the blog.
It’s called “I Saw Them in Fort Wayne.” I’ve been taking pictures of players in Fort Wayne for a few years now. Some of them have made it to MLB, so I figured this would be a good way to share those photos with you 🙂
First up is Mitch Maier. I chose him becuase he’d been in the news recenlty for suffering three facial fractures when struck by a pitch during the Royals 8-5 loss to the Indians on Wednesday night (watch it here). It’s too bad too, because the kid was putting together a pretty solid season.
In 19 MLB games, he’s hitting .339 with 19 hits, 4 RBI’s and 5 runs scored. He was placed on the DL shortly after the incident.
This photo was taken in 2004 at Memorial Stadium when Maier came through as a member of the Burlington Bees when they sported one of the worst uniforms in MWL history.
The All-Star game will be coming to Fort Wayne.
Wizards general manager Mike Nutter confirmed Wednesday that the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game will be at the new ballpark at Harrison Square.
â€œIt was a draft a few years ago which was a random draw of when the game would be and we drew 2010, but the caveat for everyone in the league was if a new stadium came in or a major renovation happened, that person would go up to the front. We got pushed back for Midland. Because of the new deal, weâ€™ll have it in 2010,â€ Nutter said. â€œâ€¦ Because of the beautiful facility we are going to have, we got bumped back up.
â€œIt will be tremendous. Weâ€™ll have it the second year like they had it (in Midland, Mich.), and we canâ€™t wait. â€¦ They had it here in 1994. Alex Rodriguez, Billy Wagner, there was some big guys that made it. Our fans can look forward to the same thing.â€
Clinton, Iowa, is the site for next yearâ€™s game.
[course: LaMond Pope]