Association News

AA WILL BE WELL-REPRESENTED ON MLB OPENING DAY

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz The American Association will once again be well represented when the major league season begins this weekend because of the likes of starting pitchers Max Scherzer (Fort Worth) at Washington, Junior Guerra (Wichita) at Milwaukee and James Paxton (Grand Prairie) at Seattle plus reliever Brandon Kintzler (pictured, St.Read More

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GUERRA NAMED BREWERS’ OPENING-DAY STARTER

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Junior Guerra started out in professional baseball as a catcher.  He was only 18 at the time. His checkerboard career has years when he did not even play. And, he has never been an Opening Day starting pitcher. Until now. As one of the American Association’s most distinguishedRead More

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SALTDOGS’ MARTIS DAZZLES FOR NETHERLANDS

Courtesy Lincoln Saltdogs Media Relations Lincoln, Neb — Lincoln Saltdogs RHP Shairon Martis controlled some of the globe’s top bats throughout the recently-concluded World Baseball Classic, helping lead the Netherlands to their second straight World Baseball Classic semi-final. Martis pitched in four of the Dutch team’s seven games, going 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA over sixRead More

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BENCOMO UNDERSTANDS WBC’S VALUE TO VENEZUELA

When the World Baseball Classic started the American Association had an impressive 17 of its current or former players among the 16 teams.  That number, as expected, has been trimmed a great deal now that only seven teams remain in contention for the championship, but one remaining pitcher is a significant contributor on the fieldRead More

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AA PLAYERS MOVE TO SECOND ROUND OF WBC

The World Baseball Classic seems barely underway since none of the first round of Pool play has even started in the United States, but the American Association already has eight of its players, including some due this summer in Lincoln, on teams that have qualified for the second series of games starting in Japan laterRead More

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ADLEMAN HOLDING HIS OWN WITH REDS

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Onetime El Paso and Lincoln pitcher Tim Adleman has a bit more breathing room than one year ago when he was trying to earn his first major league opportunity. “He pitched extremely well,” Cincinnati manager Bryan Price told WCPO.com.  “He’s one of the few guys who took advantageRead More

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MUREN EARNS TIME WITH BIG-LEAGUE CLUB

Drew Muren has not gotten into a major league exhibition game yet although one would have to believe it was a thrill when the lanky righthander got invited to wear an Arizona Diamondbacks uniform for a day this week. You see, Muren has made such giant strides from the days in 2008-2011 when he was mostlyRead More

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CLEVELAND PURCHASES CONTRACT OF RIGHTY MASEK

Durham, N.C. — The contract of Laredo Lemurs RHP Trey Masek has been purchased by the Cleveland Indians organization, the American Association announced on Friday. Masek spent the 2016 season with the Texas AirHogs before being traded to Laredo on September 29. With Texas, Masek was superb out of the bullpen, going 1-0 with a 2.86Read More

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HOCHEVAR UNSIGNED, BUT STILL VERY MUCH IN MIND

One of the American Association’s more prominent major leaguers of recent years is missing from the list of 15 players involved in the busy activity of major league spring training camps although he certainly is not out of mind. Right-handed reliever Luke Hochevar, who did not allow a run in nine postseason appearances while theRead More

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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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