Association News

ROOKIE STAR RIZZITELLO TO JOIN SALTDOGS

Speaking up for the belief he had in himself as a baseball player was the big step a frustrated Michael Rizzitello took last December, and now the youthful catcher has earned  Rookie of the Year honors in one Independent league and is looking forward to continuing his quest for an eventual opportunity in the majorRead More

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AA ALUM SCHERZER WINS THIRD CY YOUNG AWARD

Washington Nationals RHP Max Scherzer earned his third Cy Young Award on Wednesday. Scherzer went 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA over 200 2/3 innings, while recording league bests in strikeouts (268), WHIP (0.90) and hits allowed per nine innings (5.7). The WHIP and hits-per-nine marks were career bests for Scherzer, as was his rate of 12 strikeoutsRead More

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NEEDY EARNS ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE WEEKLY HONORS

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Can you picture a 6-foot-6, 230-pound baseball player crying like a baby? It has not happened yet, but 26-year-old James Needy, a Miami Marlins prospect by way of Sioux City, admits if he reaches the major leagues “I’d probably bawl like a little girl” when he makes thatRead More

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POTENTIAL MOVEMENT FOR AA BIG-LEAGUE ALUMS

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz While free agency always creates a major change in scenery for many players, it appears onetime American Association (Grand Prairie ’11) hurler Bo Schultz will be given the opportunity to bounce back from the surgery to repair a torn right ulnar collateral ligament which cost him all ofRead More

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COLLIER NAMED TO MANITOBA BASEBALL HALL OF FAME

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Twenty-four years with the same organization does not happen very often in the minor leagues. Andrew Collier, who joined the Winnipeg Goldeyes in 1994 and has been general manager since ’01 while earning Executive of the Year honors six times, is an exception and has been inducted intoRead More

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NEEDY GETS ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE OPPORTUNITY

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Pitching is so precious to major league organizations that just a few outings can earn a prospect renewed opportunities. This appears to be the case for James Needy, who measures 6-foot-6 and is only 26, because the right-hander who has missed two entire seasons since San Diego draftedRead More

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COMPLETE 2018 LEAGUE SCHEDULE RELEASED

Durham, N.C. — The American Association released its complete 2018 regular-season schedule on Friday. Each team will play a balanced 100-game slate, with two series home and away against the five other teams in its division, and one series home and away against the six teams in the other division. The top two teams inRead More

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INDY VETERAN HOBSON TO PILOT FIRST-YEAR DOGS

Chicago, Ill. – The Chicago Dogs announced Butch Hobson as the club’s field manager for the team’s 2018 inaugural season on Wednesday. Hobson joins the Dogs with more than 30 years of experience in major and minor league baseball, including three seasons as manager of the Boston Red Sox. Hobson most recently served as the managerRead More

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DIAMONDBACKS PICK UP SALTDOGS’ ROOKIE ROBBINS

Durham, N.C. — The contract of Lincoln Saltdogs 3B/OF Joe Robbins has been purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, the American Association announced on Monday. Robbins, 23, was stellar for the Saltdogs in his first professional campaign, hitting .302 with 7 home runs, 12 doubles and 23 RBI in 49 games. Nine of the home runs wereRead More

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NOGOWSKI OFF TO TORRID START IN AFL

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz The torrid bat 1B John Nogowski showed during his five weeks in Sioux City early this season has carried over to the 24-year-old’s first few at-bats in the Arizona Fall League. Nogowski cracked three doubles–one per game appearance–among his four hits in his first 10 official times at theRead More

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