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Mussels come up mighty during COVID-19 testing

FSL club serves lunch to state workers, provides food for charities
@brianjstultz
June 5, 2020

FORT MYERS, Florida -- Things were finally starting to get back to a semblance of normal for general manager Judd Loveland and employees of the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels. After a month of working from home due to the statewide shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic, Loveland began going back into

Toolshed: 2019 Draft retrospective

O's rush for Rutschman, hitter-heavy first round still stand out
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 5, 2020

The 2020 First-Year Player Draft is coming, and without regular-season baseball being played yet due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will be the first big Major League Baseball event of the summer. The 2020 edition will take place June 10-11 and be limited to five rounds this year, but it

'Greatest Gorra' tournament of hats heating up

MiLB.com staff picks favorites in Copa de la Diversión cap contest
@tylermaun
June 4, 2020

From 92 caps, one will take the crown. The Greatest Gorra tournament has entered its second round, having narrowed its collection to 46 squads from Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversión initiative recognizing and honoring Hispanic and Latinx communities with culturally relevant identities. Fans can cast their second round

Vibes host movie night for fans, automobiles

Vibes host movie night for fans and their automobiles
@BensBiz
June 4, 2020

The Rocky Mountain Vibes hosted a showing of Back to the Future on Saturday night, doing so in a way that reflects our very strange present. The Vibes, Rookie Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, screened the 1985 time travel comedy on the videoboard at UCHealth Park. Fans watched from

Royals' Heath, M's Kelenic join MiLB podcast

Royals' Heath discusses what needs to change, his platform
June 4, 2020

Check out the latest episode 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 "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Statement from Minor League Baseball

June 3, 2020

For generations, the evils of racism have led to countless injustices and unnecessary deaths, with George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor being the latest victims. We are heartbroken for their families and all of those impacted by these recurring injustices. Minor League Baseball stands with the black community and

Ready and waiting: Rockies' Brendan Rodgers

Top Rockies prospect walks long road back from shoulder injury
June 3, 2020

Players at all levels of the Minor Leagues missed significant playing time in 2019 due to injury only to have their return interrupted by the global pandemic. Each week, MiLB.com checks in on an elite prospect’s road back from injury. First up is Colorado Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers. A little

Did you know? Texas League edition

Eight unique facts about the Double-A circuit, one for each team
@BensBiz
June 2, 2020

When it comes to size, scope and longevity, few, if any, sporting bodies can rival Minor League Baseball. With 160 teams in nearly as many markets, there are innumerable nooks and crannies to explore. This marks the fourth installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

Toolshed: 2018 Draft retrospective

Mize's move to Motor City, Royals' run on pitchers stand out
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 2, 2020

The 2020 First-Year Player Draft is coming, and without regular-season baseball being played yet due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will be the first big Major League Baseball event of the summer. The 2020 edition will take place June 10-11 and be limited to five rounds this year, but it

The Road to The Show™: Julio Rodriguez

No. 18 overall prospect has been sailing right through Minors
June 1, 2020

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez.

Five-round Draft announced for June 10-11

Picks will be broadcast on MLB Network, ESPN, ESPN2
@SamDykstraMiLB
May 29, 2020

Baseball has already been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in numerous ways, and Major League Baseball just made one of those effects official. Limited to five rounds, the 2020 First-Year Player Draft will take place June 10-11, MLB announced Friday. The first 37 picks, constituting the first round and Competitive

Late bus driver Timmons made Pelicans go

Team remembers beloved employee gone too soon
@jtbloss
May 29, 2020

Myrtle Beach Pelicans manager Steve Lerud always sits in the same seat on the team bus. First row, right of the aisle, kitty-corner from the driver. On most road trips last year, Lerud’s first on the job, his spot gave him a direct line to driver Terrance Timmons. Sometimes they’d

Madrigal itching for second White Sox shot

No. 40 prospect could get new opportunity when play resumes
@SamDykstraMiLB
May 29, 2020

Nick Madrigal found out about baseball's coronavirus-related pause the same way most did around the sport. First, there were the smattering of push notifications and other news alerts coming through phones around the White Sox complex in Glendale, Arizona, on March 12. Then there was confirmation from club and league

Movie night on a Minor League Baseball field

Tortugas screen Jackie Robinson biopic at namesake ballpark
@BensBiz
May 28, 2020

These days, Minor League Baseball fans aren't able to watch players take the field. But last Friday in Daytona Beach, they were able to take the field themselves. The Daytona Tortugas staged what currently stands as the biggest ballpark event of the would-be 2020 Minor League season, hosting nearly 600

Be their guest: Wahoos go viral with park rental

Nights at the stadium sold out in less than 24 hours on Airbnb
@brianjstultz
May 28, 2020

When Daniel Venn finally got the OK to announce Double-A Pensacola's offer to rent Blue Wahoos Stadium via Airbnb, it was Friday night leading into Memorial Day weekend -- not exactly the prime time to break news. No matter. The press release and tweet went viral by Saturday morning and

Stacking up the biggest burgers in MiLB

National Hamburger Day offers reason to dig into team offerings
@katiejwoo
May 28, 2020

On National Hamburger Day, MiLB.com takes a look at the most outrageous burgers served at Minor League ballparks across the country.

Looking back at Weaver's stingy 2017 season

Cards righty's award-winning May jump-started MLB career
@Kelsie_Heneghan
May 28, 2020

Luke Weaver has gone from rising Cardinals prospect to D-backs breakout hurler. But in the spring of 2017, he was just trying to get back from injury. After making his Major League debut the previous August, Weaver was limited to two innings in April due to a hand injury suffered

Dodgers hurler Gray visits Minors podcast

Dodgers' Gray discusses 2020 prep, Division II two-way past
May 28, 2020

Check out the latest episode 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 "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Watson, Wahoos disc golf all aces in Pensacola

Golfer builds course to provide outdoor activity for community
@brianjstultz
May 27, 2020

With Pensacola's Blue Wahoos Stadium remaining mostly vacant during the pandemic, team president Jonathan Griffith was searching for some way, any way, to use the facility. He decided to reach out to a familiar name: Bubba Watson. "It was one of those things that for us is what can we

Basepaths to blue line: Harvey slugged in Minors

Hall of Famer smashed way through Border League before hockey
@AndrewAtBatt
May 27, 2020

There’s plenty of evidence that Doug Harvey made the right choice. One of the best defensemen who ever laced up the skates, Harvey was included among the NHL’s 100 Greatest Players during the league’s 2017 centennial and was an icon on the ice over a 19-year career. Doug Harvey, it

Did you know? Southern League edition

Ten unique facts about the Double-A circuit, one for each team
@BensBiz
May 26, 2020

When it comes to size, scope and longevity, few, if any, sporting bodies can rival Minor League Baseball. With 160 teams in nearly as many markets, there are innumerable nooks and crannies to explore. This marks the fourth installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

Copa de la Diversión caps compete for top bill

Fans to vote among colorful logos, culturally meaningful designs
@Kelsie_Heneghan
May 26, 2020

Migrant workers, urban legends, churros. In its third iteration, Copa de la Diversión or “Fun Cup” continues to celebrate the culture and values of Hispanic/LatinX communities. Ninety-two Minor League teams created culturally relevant on-field identities, and now it’s your turn to pick the best! Register and vote here! The contest

Toolshed: 2017 Draft retrospective

High-school trio at top, Pearson's move up north still stand out
@SamDykstraMiLB
May 26, 2020

The 2020 First-Year Player Draft is coming, and without regular-season baseball being played yet due to the coronavirus pandemic, it could be the first big Major League Baseball event of the summer. The 2020 edition is likely to take place on June 10 and be as little as five rounds,

Best streams of 2019 games: Wild strikeouts

Thunder's Garcia whiffs 15; Travelers' Crismatt is immaculate
@MavalloneMiLB
May 25, 2020

Outside of the home run, the strikeout is the singular moment in a game that elicits raw emotion. It's why Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez are etched in baseball lore. The ability to blow a 100-mph heater past a hitter or drop in a knee-buckling breaking ball resonates

The Road to The Show: Adley Rutschman

No. 4 overall prospect riding the fast lane to Baltimore
May 25, 2020

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman: