Association News

14 AA ALUMNI IN BIG-LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz What a jump! A record 57 players who have been in one or more Independent Baseball leagues are among those in–or heading to–major league spring training camps. IndyBaseballChatter.com, which has been tracking Indy players for years, has identified 40 pitchers and 17 position players who are on 40-manRead More

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SUAREZ NAMED AS RAILROADERS’ FIRST SKIPPER

Courtesy Cleburne Railroaders Media Relations Cleburne, Texas – The Cleburne Railroaders have named Gabe Suarez as Field Manager and Director of Baseball Operations in the organization’s first season. Prior to joining the Railroaders, Suarez has had an experienced career as a player and coach in affiliated and independent Baseball. Suarez was drafted 26th by theRead More

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BENCOMO HAS TWO CHANCES TO SHINE IN 2017

Omar Bencomo turned 28 a few days ago so the Venezuelan-born pitcher knows it is time to make his move if he is to break into the major leagues.  The good thing is the onetime Wichita and Laredo righty has two opportunities coming up to prove himself. He has changed organizations, joining Miami as aRead More

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AA PLAYERS REPRESENT 8 COUNTRIES IN WBC

With rosters for the 2017 World Baseball Classic unveiled this week, former and present American Association players will represent eight different countries at this year’s tournament. The Netherlands leads the way with six players, five of whom are on the Lincoln Saltdogs’ 2017 roster. The fourth WBC begins March 6 with games in Seoul, Tokyo,Read More

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UMPIRE TEAGUE GETS FULL SPRING TRAINING SLATE

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz One American Association graduate has been assured of a full major league spring training, and does not even have to worry about how well he will hit or if his control will be sharp. Along with 15 players from the league who have earned spots in major leagueRead More

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ROBERSON PUTS UP BIG NUMBERS IN MEXICO

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Onetime Winnipeg star Chris Roberson put up MVP-like numbers although the effort went for naught Tuesday night when the outfielder and his Mexican League teammates were edged out in the finale of the Caribbean Series in a 1-0, 10-inning battle against Puerto Rico, which lost its first threeRead More

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SURF AND TURF: MARLINS ADD T-BONES’ KICKHAM

Courtesy Kansas City T-Bones Media Relations Kansas City, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones announced that the Miami Marlins have purchased the contract of pitcher Mike Kickham. Kickham, a 6-foot-4 and 220-pound lefthander from Springfield, Mo., joined the T-Bones on June 26, 2016. In 14 starts, Kickham went 3-5 with a 2.83 ERA, which wasRead More

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L.A. PURCHASES CONTRACT OF SIOUX CITY’S ROIBAL

Courtesy Sioux City Explorers Media Relations Sioux City, Iowa – The Sioux City Explorers announced today that the Los Angeles Dodgers have purchased the contract of RHP Reinier Roibal. Roibal will report to spring training with the Dodgers when pitchers and catchers report in the next week to earn a spot within the Dodgers organization forRead More

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RAILCATS’ CATCHER GONZALEZ HEADS TO MINNESOTA

Courtesy Gary SouthShore RailCats Media Relations Gary, Ind. –The Gary SouthShore RailCats and the American Association of Professional Baseball jointly announced on Friday that the Minnesota Twins have purchased the contract of catcher Jose Gonzalez. Gonzalez is the second American Association player to have his contract purchased by the Twins’ organization in two days, after MinnesotaRead More

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BILLY MARTIN JR. TAKES REINS OF AIRHOGS

Courtesy Texas AirHogs Media Relations Grand Prairie, Texas – The Texas AirHogs are pleased to announce Billy Martin Jr. as Field Manager and President of Baseball Operations for the organization. An alumnus of Texas Tech University, Martin Jr. was a two-sport athlete for the baseball and soccer team and earned his degree in Telecommunications. AfterRead More

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