Twins' Smeltzer knocking on door to Majors

Childhood cancer survivor using his growing platform to give back

Twins prospect Devin Smeltzer was promoted out of the Southern League after allowing two earned runs in five starts. (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

By Joe Bloss | May 20, 2019 10:47 AM ET

Devin Smeltzer beat cancer as a child. The Minnesota Twins left-hander is using his growing platform as in baseball to provide hope to kids dealing with serious illnesses.

Joe Bloss is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jtbloss. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Rockies' Garcia building on career season

Hawaii native blossoming into one of Colorado system's top arms

Rico Garcia is looking to become the second Hawaii Pacific alumnus to reach the Majors. (Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

By Andrew Battifarano | May 15, 2019 11:01 AM ET

Thanks to adjustments, hard work and perseverance, No. 21 Colorado Rockies prospect Rico Garcia, a 2016 30th-round Draft pick, has emerged as one of the Double-A Eastern League's top pitchers in 2019.

Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @AndrewAtBatt. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Storm brew up fun on Anti-Prohibition Night

Lake Elsinore turns back clock with speakeasy, vintage baseball

Storm staffer Peggy Mitchell did the research and design work to transform the Diamond Club into a speakeasy. (Josh Jackson/MiLB.com)

By Josh Jackson | May 14, 2019 10:41 AM ET

With Anti-Prohibition Night, the Lake Elsinore Storm opened a speakeasy in their ballpark and welcomed a vintage baseball league's all-star game.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Carolina toasts parent club as Micro Brews

Milwaukee affiliate's alternate identity pays tribute to area industry

Devin Hairston and his Carolina teammates are hopping into special jerseys four times this season. (Carolina Mudcats)

By Josh Jackson | May 10, 2019 10:19 AM ET

The Class A Advanced Carolina Mudcats have tapped into local culture by adopting a new identity -- the Carolina Micro Brews -- for four games during the 2019 season.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Barons raising spirits with simple gesture

Seventh-Inning Wave becomes newest tradition at Regions Field

Regions Field is located in close proximity to Children's of Alabama, a pediatric hospital that sits beyond the right-field fence. (Birmingham Barons)

By Michael Avallone | May 7, 2019 10:31 AM ET

The Double-A Birmingham Barons are using their proximity to the Children's of Alabama medical facilities to introduce a new tradition that speaks directly to sick children.

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MavalloneMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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River Bandits rising above flood challenges

Raised railroad bridge, water levels set backup plans into motion

Modern Woodmen Park was ready for baseball but inaccessible throughout most of the season's first month. (Quad Cities River Bandits)

By Josh Jackson | May 6, 2019 10:20 AM ET

With Mississippi River floods and a newly raised railroad bridge, the Quad Cities River Bandits were forced to play their home games away. Modern Woodmen Park's Opening Night wasn't until April 26.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Ports have visitors singing a different tune

Stockton raises money as fans pick opponents' walk-up songs

Ports fans can pick a song from a list or name any all-ages-appropriate tune to play for opponents. (Stockton Ports)

By Josh Jackson | May 1, 2019 12:13 PM ET

With Pick the Song, the Stockton Ports are giving back to their community via the Anchor Fund while allowing fans to select walk-up music for opponents.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Durham turns back clock as Tobacconists

Bulls adopt historical identity to mark city's 150-year anniversary

Austin Pruitt was the winning pitcher in the Tobacconists' debut, a 4-3 win over the visiting Columbus Clippers on April 13. (Durham Bulls)

By Josh Jackson | April 23, 2019 10:27 AM ET

Embracing the alternative identity trend while celebrating their city's sesquicentennial anniversary, the Durham Bulls become the Durham Tobacconists for select 2019 games.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Russell's first passion was on the diamond

Hollywood icon balanced early acting career with stint in Minors

A decade before he became one of Hollywood's biggest stars, Kurt Russell was a Minor Leaguer with Major League dreams. ((AP))

By Michael Avallone | April 15, 2019 10:59 AM ET

With nearly 100 credits to his name, Kurt Russell is one of Hollywood's most well-known actors -- but he once had dreams of a Major League career that almost came to fruition.

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MavalloneMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Young fan coping with a curve belts one out

Mowry, 14, sings 'God Bless America' at Altoona's home opener

Taylor Mowry has been coming to Curve games since she was 8, but the team has especially meant a lot to her since last year.

By Josh Jackson | April 12, 2019 11:31 AM ET

Taylor Mowry has been coping with AMPS, a rare and painful disease, throughout her early teens, but she was comfortable in the spotlight at Altoona's home opener, singing "God Bless America."

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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