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Ball hogs: St. Paul's porcine baseball legacy 

For as long as they've existed, Saints have celebrated pigs
@BensBiz
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ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- During their inaugural 1993 campaign at Midway Field and in every season since, the St. Paul Saints have employed a ball pig whose job is to deliver baseballs to the home plate umpire. These saddlebag-wearing dugout messengers are the most prominent aspect of a gameday experience

Podcast: Pensacola's DIY Jersey Night, Top 100 talk

Blue Wahoos' Venn discusses unique, popular DIY Jersey Night
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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

Englert extends hitless streak to 14 1/3 innings

Texas righty adds six no-hit frames as Hickory takes bid into 9th
@Steph_Sheehan
August 18, 2022

Though High-A Hickory fell two outs short of their third no-hitter of the season, Mason Englert is still in the midst of an unprecedented stretch of his own. The Rangers prospect extended his hitless streak to 14 1/3 innings, scattering a walk and two hit batsmen across six scoreless frames

Prospect Q&A: Mariners right-hander Hancock

Seattle’s No. 2 prospect discusses injury rehab, strong season
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 18, 2022

In the early part of his professional career, it seems Emerson Hancock’s greatest challenge has been remaining on the field. The 23-year-old right-hander has been limited to 27 starts since being drafted by the Mariners with the No. 6 overall selection in 2020. Despite the small sample, Hancock has been

DSL clubs combine for two no-hitters in same game

Cubs, Pirates affiliates combine on similar feats in complex circuit
@SamDykstraMiLB
August 18, 2022

There were two no-hitters thrown in the Dominican Summer League on Thursday. They just so happened to be in the same game. Cubs Red defeated Pirates affiliate PIT Black, 2-0, in a seven-inning contest that featured zero hits for either side. Six pitchers combined on the feat: Juan Bello, Wilber

M-Braves, JSU partner to salute Negro Leagues

First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 pm with fireworks after the game
August 18, 2022

JACKSON, MS - Jackson State University is partnering with the Mississippi Braves for their family and friends night at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Trustmark Park. The first-time collaboration will also honor the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues. "We are very excited that we are finally in

Around the Minors: The week of Aug. 15

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
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Alvarez earns win as Lansing's first female manager

Trailblazing coach has worked in Athletics organization since 2019
@Steph_Sheehan
August 18, 2022

The High-A Lansing Lugnuts had never had a woman serve on their coaching staff before, let alone manage a game. Veronica Alvarez broke those barriers in one fell swoop. Filling in for manager Phil Pohl while he’s on vacation, Alvarez earned her first affiliated baseball managerial victory with the Athletics’

Dixon plates nine during second career cycle

Padres infielder homers in fourth straight during feat for Missions
@RobTnova24
August 18, 2022

Go ahead and feel free to file this under, "Things you probably won't ever see again." Brandon Dixon didn't just hit for the cycle for the second time in his career Wednesday. The Padres farmhand needed just five innings to complete the milestone while homering in his fourth straight game.

Ninth overall pick Cross parks two for Fireflies

Top Royals prospect posts first professional multihomer game
@tylermaun
August 18, 2022

Gavin Cross’ final college season came to an end on June 12, meaning the Virginia Tech product had to wait 35 days until he was selected ninth overall in the 2022 MLB Draft. It was another 18 days until his first professional game. With the waiting over, Cross is making

Moreno's double for Bisons sticks the landing

Top Blue Jays prospect punctures the outfield wall with liner
August 18, 2022

Top-ranked Blue Jays prospect Gabriel Moreno has climbed the Minor League ladder -- and earned a Major League callup earlier this year -- on the strength of, well, just that -- his power. But the feat he pulled off on Wednesday for Triple-A Buffalo likely can't be contained by the

Ever seen a highlight-reel groundout? Here's one

Cleveland farmhand delivers a highlight-reel at-bat for Columbus
@MavalloneMiLB
August 17, 2022

Let's just say Ernie Clement is not a name earthworms and other dirt-loving creatures will speak fondly of. The play will go down as a "2-unassisted putout" in the scorebook, but his first at-bat groundout was anything but normal in Triple-A Columbus' 4-0 loss to Toledo. Leading off the home

Hubbard brothers take hands-on approach in Tulsa

Drillers owners inspired by fan-friendly legacy of their father, Went
@BensBiz
August 17, 2022

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Prior to a Tulsa Drillers game late last month, Jeff Hubbard was stationed just inside the front entrance handing out bobbleheads and breaking down the cardboard boxes they had been stored in. His brother, Dale, could be found on the streets outside, shuttling fans in a golf

St. Paul retires No. 15 in honor of Millar

'Forever a Saint:' 2004 Red Sox World Series champion gets his due
August 16, 2022

Before he was a 12-year big league veteran and a key member of the 2004 curse-breaking Red Sox, and long before he was an MLB Network star, Kevin Millar was an independent leaguer trying to keep his baseball dream alive. Millar, 50, began his baseball journey with the St. Paul

Road to The Show: Dodgers catcher Cartaya

No. 12 overall prospect at full strength, showing elite potential
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 16, 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 top Dodgers prospect Diego Cartaya. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. As a Venezuelan catcher in the Dodgers system, Diego

Dunedin quartet completes nine-inning no-no

Churchill slams the door on the game, first week in pro ball
August 14, 2022

Ian Churchill concluded his first week in professional baseball with an achievement most players never get to claim. Churchill, Toronto's 10th-round pick in last month’s Draft, tossed a perfect ninth inning on Sunday to secure a combined no-hitter for Single-A Dunedin, who beat the Tampa, 5-0.

Berroa fans 11 in Travelers' second no-no of '22

Former Major Leaguers Kaminsky, Shipley toss scoreless frames
August 13, 2022

Double-A Arkansas’ second no-hitter of the 2022 season was started by a young arm on his way to the Major Leagues. It was finished off by a pair of veterans working their way back up to The Show. No. 24 Mariners prospect Prelander Berroa struck out a career-high 11 over