Minor League Baseball Posts Attendance Increase Over One Million Fans in 2019

Total attendance increases 2.6% over 2018

September 11, 2019 8:41 AM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 10, 2019 - A total of 41,504,077 fans passed through the gates at Minor League Baseball games in 2019, marking the 15th consecutive season that Minor League Baseball's 176 teams in 15 leagues drew more than 40 million fans.

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Appalachian League announces 2019 Executive Awards

September 9, 2019 4:00 PM ET

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Appalachian League announced its end-of-year awards for the 2019 season, voted on by the league's front office executives. Five of the six awards include a nomination for Minor League Baseball national awards to be presented at the 2019 Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego, Calif.

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Pulaski's Calfee Park named Appalachian League Field of the Year

Yankees earn top Sports Turf ranking in Advanced-Rookie League

September 6, 2019 3:13 PM ET

Chapel Hill, NC - Motor Mile Field at Calfee Park has been named the 2019 Appalachian League Field of the Year, the Rookie-Advanced League announced Friday. It is the third consecutive season in which the Pulaski Yankees' field has earned the top ranking based on data gathered and compiled by the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA).

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Farm System Storylines: August/September Edition

(Allen Greene)

September 6, 2019 11:52 AM ET

Around the start of each month, MiLB.com staff breaks down the state of all 30 organizations with updates on their top prospects, Minor League affiliates and more in a feature called "Farm system storylines." We focus here on storylines for Appalachian League organizations and alumni. This is the final entry in the series for the 2019 season.

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Pasquantino Named Uncle Ray's Player of the Month

September 5, 2019 3:28 PM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 5, 2019 - Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) today announced the Uncle Ray's Player of the Month Award winners for each of the 16 leagues for the month of August. In recognition of the honor, each winner will receive an award from Minor League Baseball and Uncle Ray's, the "Official Potato Chip of Minor League Baseball."

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Cards capture Appy League championship

Facing elimination again, Johnson City rallies past Burlington

Johnson City lost the opener in both playoff series before responding with back-to-back wins. (Johnson City Cardinals)

By Bob Sutton | September 4, 2019 11:02 PM ET

Johnson City won its fifth Appalachian League championship in a decade, rallying past Burlington, 8-6, in the decisive third game of the Finals as William Jimenez hit a go-ahead two-run double.

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Adam Clark Named Dale Ford Umpire of the Year

September 4, 2019 3:19 PM ET

CHAPEL HILL, NC---Appalachian League President, Dan Moushon, announced today that Adam Clark is the 2019 recipient of the annual Dale Ford Umpire of the Year award. The award is named after the former long-time major league umpire and lifelong Eastern Tennessee resident. Clark, 24, began his professional baseball umpire career in 2017 in the Gulf Coast League. After spending the entire 2018 season and most of the 2019 campaign in the Appalachian League, he was promoted to the South Atlantic League (Class A) on August 16. Off the field, Clark was involved with UmpsCare and actively encouraged other league umpires to participate in various community initiates throughout the league. Clark volunteered his time in multiple league cities this season, including God's Storehouse in Danville, VA and Building Bridges Child Development Center in Pulaski, VA.

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Prospect Roundup September 2nd Games: Campos, Gilliam, Pache, and Rodriguez

By Brian Stultz and Michael Avallone | September 4, 2019 11:19 AM ET

Oscar Campos (Greeneville Astros 2016, 17), Isiah Gilliam (Pulaski 2016), Cristian Pache (Danville 2016), and Julio Rodriguez (Johnson City 2017) were standout prospects on Monday.

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Nunez helps Johnson City stay alive

Cardinals No. 18 prospect homers in Game 2 of Appy Finals

Malcom Nunez has recorded three extra-base hits in five postseason games. (Brian McLeod/MiLB.com)

By Andrew Battifarano | September 3, 2019 10:04 PM ET

Cardinals prospect Malcom Nunez homered, drove in two runs and reached base three times as Johnson City beat Burlington, 7-2, to force a decisive Game 3 in the Appalachian League Finals.

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Leon (Princeton) and Laweryson (Elizabethton) Receive POTW Honors

By Joshua Gupton | September 3, 2019 3:33 PM ET

CHAPEL HILL, NC- The Appalachian League announced today that Minor League Baseball selected Princeton Rays catcher Luis Leon as Player of the Week and Elizabethton Twins right-handed pitcher Cody Laweryson as Pitcher of the Week. Both awards recognize these players' performances for games during the week of August 26-August 28.

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