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Was this the best pro team in Iowa history?

Davenport Blue Sox of 1933 dazzled during the Depression
@JoshJacksonMiLB
August 7, 2022

Al Piechota. Otto Denning. Como Cotelle. They scan more “Moonlight Graham” than “Shoeless Joe Jackson,” but the 1933 Davenport Blue Sox were one of the greatest teams in Minor League history. They also may well be the best team to ever play pro ball in Iowa. When the Quad Cities

Around the Minors: The week of Aug. 1-7

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
1:10 AM EDT

Aug. 7

MiLB.com crew traveling to 'Field of Dreams'

Cedar Rapids and Quad Cities facing off in cornfield Tuesday night
@BensBiz
August 5, 2022

Road trip! On Sunday morning, Kelsie Heneghan, Sam Dykstra and myself will set our GPS coordinates for Dyersville, Iowa, home of the inaugural MiLB at Field of Dreams game. This mystical Midwest League contest will take place Aug. 9, two days before the Cubs and the Reds play the MLB

Baty, Hancock headline Players of the Month

Trio of winners in deadline deals, 19 organizations represented
August 5, 2022

Minor League Baseball announced the Player and Pitcher of the Month Award winners for July in each of the 14 leagues in Major League Baseball’s player development system. International League (Triple-A) Columbus Clippers (Guardians) outfielder Will Benson batted .371/.481/.674 and led the league in total bases (60). He was second

Saints announce winners of Jimmy Lee Umpire Awards

August 5, 2022

ST. PAUL, MN -- (August 5, 2022) - Umpires are rarely honored for their hard, often underappreciated work, let alone with an award named for a man as well-respected as the late, great Jimmy Lee. To provide the recognition they so richly deserve, the Saints have introduced an initiative to

Love is in the air: Wind Surge inspire romance novel 

Wichita ballpark employee writes tale of love, murder, mascot races
@BensBiz
August 5, 2022

WICHITA, Kansas -- An internship with a Minor League Baseball team can result in all sorts of unpredictable experiences. For example, Jacob Koch served as the inspiration for the lead protagonist in a romance novella set at the ballpark. The novella in question is Home Run Hunter, written by Cindy

Podcast: Field of Dreams preview, Deadline recap

Previewing Field of Dreams game; Recapping busy Trade Deadline
August 5, 2022

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Stitcher and other

Wacha, 'pen combine on Worcester's first no-no

Rehabbing righty, Politi, Shugart deliver feat vs. first-place Bulls
@JoeTrezz
August 5, 2022

Michael Wacha has come close to experiencing a no-hitter several times in the Majors, but had never seen one come to fruition until Thursday night at Triple-A Worcester. What began as a rehab start for the Red Sox righty ended in historic fashion for the WooSox, who achieved their first

Prospect Q&A: Twins powerful outfielder Wallner

Minnesota native showed off power stroke at Futures Game
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 4, 2022

A long drive to right at Dodger Stadium provided fans with a glimpse of Matt Wallner’s difference-making power. The Twins’ seventh-ranked prospect bashed a two-run homer off Giants lefty Kyle Harrison in last month's Futures Game that helped the American League squad to a 6-4 victory. Wallner’s blast wasn’t out

Dash's Osik hits for cycle in front of family

White Sox prospect's first four-hit game comes in milestone
@Kelsie_Heneghan
August 3, 2022

Although he grew up 78 miles away, Tyler Osik had never been to Coney Island before Tuesday. But after combining for seven knocks in his first two games -- including hitting for the cycle in the second contest -- at High-A Brooklyn’s famed home -- the White Sox prospect was

Play on: School band bolstered by ballpark food

Del City students raise funds via OKC Dodgers concession work
@BensBiz
August 3, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY -- At every Oklahoma City Dodgers home game, students from the Del City High School band can be found working the concession stands. The money raised from their efforts is crucial, to the extent that head band director Sean Johnson calls it "the lifeblood of our program." "Our

Road to The Show: A's powerful infielder Gelof

No. 79 overall prospect among fastest-moving Minor Leaguers
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 2, 2022

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at A’s No. 4 prospect Zack Gelof. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. It’s really difficult to slow down Zack Gelof.

Omaha broadcaster Eisenberg steps up for Mets, Royals

Storm Chasers’ broadcaster stepping up for Mets, Royals
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 1, 2022

In the Minors, it’s not just the players and coaches who are grinding toward a big league opportunity. This "Getting the call" series tells the story of Minor League broadcasters receiving their own Major League experience this season. Check out the first edition, featuring Birmingham’s Curt Bloom, here. Next up,

Salt Lake's Harrison finishes off first cycle

Angels outfielder equals career highs with five hits, five RBIs
@MavalloneMiLB
July 29, 2022

Apparently hitting for the cycle wasn't enough for Monte Harrison. An inning after completing the milestone, the Angels outfielder added a second double for good measure to equal a career high with five hits as Triple-A Salt Lake rolled past Reno, 11-4, at Greater Nevada Field. Harrison's cycle was the

Podcast: Oklahoma!, Trade Deadline preview

Ben checks in from OKC/Tulsa; Tyler, Sam preview Trade Deadline
July 29, 2022

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Stitcher and other