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The Mets AA skipper on keeping things real when they're wrong.
knows all about dealing with adversity, and as the first-year manager of the Double-A Binghamton Mets, part of his job is helping others do the same. The colorful, and sometimes controversial, former infielder talked about his role in keeping everything on an even keel prior to a recent game. Wally Backman Read the full article... A Red Sox prospect stays connected with the world.
Like most players in the minor leagues, Red Sox outfield prospect is plugged in. He isn’t a gadget geek -- at least not yet -- but the 22-year-old native of Taiwan certainly knows his way around cyberspace, especially when it comes to staying in touch with the other side of the world. Lin is beginning the 2011 season with the Double-A Portland [Maine] Sea Dogs, over 7,600 miles from home. Che-Hsuan Lin Read the full article...
November 14, 2010 6:41 pm
A filmmaker talks about his minor-league documentary.
“Time in the Minors,” a documentary film by Tony Okun, follows two players, one a highly-touted first-round draft pick and the other a minor-league journeyman, as they chase their dream of making it to the major leagues. Okun, a filmmaker currently living in Idaho, talked about his recently released documentary. Read the full article...
November 7, 2010 11:11 am
The Astros short-season skipper remembers being in his players' shoes.
enjoys working with young players, and one of the reasons why is that he remembers what it feels like to be in their shoes. Currently the manager of the Tri-City Valley Cats, Houston’s short-season affiliate, the 55-year-old Pankovits has coached and managed in the Astros system since 1995. He talked about his responsibilities as a short-season skipper earlier this season. Jim Pankovits Read the full article...
September 19, 2010 12:10 pm
A Mud Hen hurler talks about his career and the media in the minors.
Six years into his professional career,
knows all about second chances and the fourth estate. A 28-year-old right-hander who spent the season with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, Drucker sports a record of 40-22, 4.45 in 196 appearances since being drafted out of the University of Tennessee. He touched on his career, and the media, earlier this summer. Scot Drucker Read the full article...
September 15, 2010 9:35 am
The Mets AA pitching coach discusses working with Latin-American players.
For Mark Brewer, it’s all about comunicación and comprensión. Currently the pitching coach for the Double-A Binghamton Mets, the 51-year-old Brewer previously served as the Mets Latin American pitching coordinator. The son of former big league reliever , he has also worked for the Dodgers, Rangers, Royals and Pirates. Jim Brewer Read the full article...
September 12, 2010 9:34 am
The Ernie Harwell of the Toledo Mud Hens talks about his long career.
The Toledo Mud Hens are a staple of the International League, and Jim Weber is a staple of the Toledo Mud Hens. Currently the Triple-A affiliate of the , the Mud Hens have been in the league since 1965. Weber has been the team’s play-by-play announcer for nearly that long. Detroit Tigers Read the full article...
September 5, 2010 10:10 am
A high school lefty is enticed by over-slot bonus money.
When the Yankees drafted in the 50 Nik Turley , and final, round of the 2008 draft, the 6’ 7” left-hander thought he would be spending the next three years at Brigham Young University. Six weeks later, the North Hollywood, California prep product was reporting to the Gulf Coast League after receiving a signing bonus more in line with that of a sixth-round pick. Turley, who celebrates th his 21 birthday next week, has spent most of this season with the Staten Island Yankees in the New York-Penn League. st Read the full article...
September 2, 2010 9:34 am
Minor League Baseball's drug policy impacts the career of a top prospect.
is more than capable of hitting his way to Pittsburgh -- if he can avoid strike three. Acquired from the Dodgers as part of the Andrew Lambo deal at the end of July, Lambo has twice violated minor league baseball’s drug policy, in each case testing positive for “a drug of abuse.” A third positive test could result in an end to the young outfielder‘s career. Octavio Dotel Read the full article... A look at life in the minors through the eyes of an Aussie.
A native of Sydney, Australia, pitched in the Red Sox organization from 2005-2007. Tim Cox Read the full article... The assistant GM of the Tampa Yankees talks Florida State League.
The Florida State League is a challenging baseball environment, and Julie Kremer understands that as well as anyone. Kremer has spent the last seven years as the assistant general manager of the FSL’s Tampa Yankees, who play in a league known as much for steamy temperatures and small crowds as it is for competitive baseball. The wife of Yankees assistant director of amateur scouting , she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications, with a minor in Business Administration, from the University of Evansville. John Kremer Read the full article... A Durham Bull discussed raising a family and trying to eat well in the minors.
In this, the 44 installment of th Minor Issues, returns to talk about the trials and tribulations of raising a family, and eating well, on a minor-league salary. A 28-year-old outfielder in the Tampa Bay organization, Ruggiano is currently with the Triple-A Durham Bulls. Justin Ruggiano Read the full article...