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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A look at Michael Jordan's MiLB career

NBA legend humbled by baseball while many watched in awe

Michael Jordan collected 88 hits and scored 46 runs in his lone season of professional baseball. (Birmingham Barons)

By Kelsie Heneghan | April 8, 2019 10:30 AM ET

Known as the ultimate competitor, NBA legend Michael Jordan was humbled by his time in pro baseball, making his Birmingham Barons debut 25 years ago.

Kelsie Heneghan is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kelsie_Heneghan. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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LIFT eases path up for women in baseball

Mentorship program connects professionals across the Minors

Donna Kirby, Amanda Medlin and Samantha Fletcher are among the participants in MiLB's LIFT mentorship program in 2019.

By Josh Jackson | March 11, 2019 11:27 AM ET

Through Minor League Baseball's LIFT Program, women in front offices across the country are developing mentor-mentee relationships. The inaugural class runs through 2019.

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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Salem making history in broadcast booth

Cool, Newman to form baseball's first all-female radio team

Suzie Cool (left) and Melanie Newman were two of the four women broadcasting in the Minor Leagues in 2018.

By Tyler Maun | March 7, 2019 10:09 AM ET

When Suzie Cool and Melanie Newman take their places behind the microphones in April for the Class A Advanced Salem Red Sox, they'll be the first all-female broadcast team in baseball history.

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

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D-backs' Thomas ready for next challenge

White Sox director of conditioning has trained son since infancy

Alek Thomas posted a .325/.394/.431 slash line in the Arizona League last summer. (Freek Bouw/Phrake Photography)

By Chris Bumbaca | March 4, 2019 10:28 AM ET

D-backs No. 7 prospect Alek Thomas has been preparing to be a Major Leaguer his whole life, thanks to his dad, White Sox director of conditioning Allen Thomas.

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Giants' Webb may skip one dream for another

California native looking forward to 2019 season on many levels

Logan Webb logged a 1.82 ERA over 74 frames in the Cal League last season before a promotion to Double-A. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Rob Terranova | February 27, 2019 10:32 AM ET

Set to start the season at Double-A Richmond, Giants right-hander Logan Webb's next promotion will fulfill one childhood dream or another.

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Angels' Walsh seeks two-way path to Majors

Following his best pro campaign, slugger also taking up pitching

Jared Walsh, who belted 29 homers across three Minor League levels last season, is trying his hand at relieving, too. (Chris Carlson/AP)

By Michael Avallone | February 25, 2019 10:05 AM ET

Coming off his best season as a pro, Angels outfield prospect Jared Walsh is following a two-way path he hopes will lead to the Majors, working on becoming a pitcher without giving up his potent bat.

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Heinemans apply magic touch in community

D-backs, Rangers prospects raise more than $80,000 for charity

Tyler (left) and Scott Heineman grew up and still train in Pacific Palisades, California. (Bobby Stevens/Jim Redman/MiLB.com)

By Andrew Battifarano | February 18, 2019 10:07 AM ET

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Tyler Heineman and his brother, Rangers prospect Scott Heineman have always felt a sense of giving back and have done so with a local California charity, leading a poker night that raised $80,000.

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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