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Toolshed: Recent noteworthy Cal League seasons

Hitter-friendly circuit saw most memorable performance on mound
@SamDykstraMiLB
August 25, 2020

This space started honoring the short-season leagues after their respective campaigns were delayed in June. Now following the cancellation of all Minor League Baseball in 2020, we're turning it into an appreciation of the full-season circuits as well. So Toolshed is revisiting the 10 most notable individual seasons put together

San Jose beats odds, historic rivalry to welcome A's

Giants, Athletics, affiliate come together on alternate training site
@katiejwoo
August 19, 2020

Rivalries bring emotion, tension and drama, providing backdrops for some of the most memorable moments in sports. But in the shadow of a global pandemic, two ordinarily adversarial organizations have banded together to add a new dimension to their storied rivalry: partnership.

Minor League caps tell stories for fans

Hat enthusiasts spark conversation with choices, collections
@tylermaun
August 10, 2020

This month we’re profiling Minor League Baseball fans across the country who go to impressive lengths to show their love of the game in creative ways and stay connected to their favorite teams even when the action on the field is on hold. Do you think you can stake your

Crooked Numbers: Looking back at the weirdness

A rollicking compendium of strange-but-true on-field occurrences
@BensBiz
July 23, 2020

One of the greatest things about baseball -- perhaps the very best thing -- is that you never know when you're going to see something that you've never seen before. Every pitch, every swing and every moment is imbued with the potential of the unprecedented. That's where Crooked Numbers comes

Fans share what MiLB means to them

Minors have given families, friends moments to cherish
@jtbloss
July 13, 2020

The question was simple. The answers were anything but. After it was revealed two weeks ago that this would be the first year without Minor League Baseball since 1901, we took to Twitter to ask, “What does Minor League Baseball mean to you and your loved ones?” In hundreds of

MiLB teams celebrate 2020 invincibility

'Undefeated' T-shirts put positive spin on difficult times
@BensBiz
July 9, 2020

At 5 p.m. on June 30, the news that many had feared finally became official: there would be no 2020 Minor League Baseball season. Amid the immediate and inevitable outpouring of sadness for the present and anxiety for the future, the Bowie Baysox found a silver lining. The Baysox, the

The Road to The Show™: Nate Pearson

Young hurler has inched closer to leaving Jays nest for the bigs
@MavalloneMiLB
July 6, 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 Jays right-hander Nate Pearson. Toronto's top prospect is a prime example why wins and losses are a devalued statistic to many, particularly in

Shots in the dark: MiLB fireworks memories

As the Fourth looms, scribe shares his pyrotechnic recollections
@BensBiz
July 2, 2020

The most popular promotion in Minor League Baseball? Year after year, the answer is the same -- fireworks. Absurd bobbleheads and regional food-based theme nights might get all the attention, but fireworks are the backbone of promo schedules. Friday Night Fireworks are a common occurrence at all levels of play,

Toolshed: What MLB's return means for prospects

How 60-man player pools, early expanded rosters will affect youth
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 26, 2020

We have at least some answers about Major League Baseball's planned return after the league announced this week it will adhere to the March 26 agreement and pay players prorated salaries for a 60-game schedule set by Commissioner Rob Manfred. We have the when. July 1 for pitchers and catchers.

Did you know? Florida State League edition

Unique facts for each of the Class A Advanced circuit's 12 clubs
@BensBiz
June 23, 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 eighth installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,

Minor Leaguers open up about big league dads

Prospects share stories about favorite times with famous fathers
@katiejwoo
June 21, 2020

To commemorate Father's Day, MiLB.com asked Minor Leaguers whose dads played in the big leagues to share their favorite stories, memories and advice. Some reminisced about childhood, while others recalled moments in their own baseball careers. Some are even dads themselves. All had one thing in common: they consider their

Ready and waiting: A's Nick Allen

A's No. 5 prospect trying to maximize time at home
June 17, 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. This week, we focus on Oakland A’s infielder Nick Allen.

Did you know? Carolina League edition

Unique facts for each of the 10 clubs on the Class A Advanced circuit
@BensBiz
June 16, 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 seventh installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

Outta here: Not all ejections are created equal

Players and managers aren't the only ones who get the heave-ho
@MavalloneMiLB
June 12, 2020

The home run, the strikeout, the beer and the hot dog -- all staples of baseball. As is the ejection. Why does a screaming, dirt-kicking, expletive-laced argument provide so much enjoyment for the masses who witness it? Whatever the cause, the spectacle of an ejection has woven itself seamlessly into

Calling for change in the broadcast booth

Black Play-By-Play Broadcaster Grant assists new voices
@BensBiz
June 11, 2020

When it comes to effecting change in America, you can talk about it or you can be about it. Adam Giardino chose the latter approach. Giardino, a broadcasting professional with 10 years experience who works for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, is the driving force behind the Black Play-by-Play Broadcaster Grant.

FSL announces Covid-19 relief efforts in all member cities

June 9, 2020

Today the Florida State League announced that all its member teams will be participating in a League wide effort to support Covid-19 relief. The 12 teams have partnered with LiveSource to set up an auction site that will make bidding for auction items a simple and efficient process. The collectible

Did you know? California League edition

Eight unique facts, one for each on the Class A Advanced circuit
@BensBiz
June 9, 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 sixth installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

Toolshed: Previewing the 2020 MLB Draft

Five-round format, Torkelson's Tiger ties should stand out this week
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 9, 2020

Every Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft is different. Different Draft order. Different players being drafted. Different signing bonus pools available to clubs and players. This one, well, this one is considerably more different than others. The 2020 Draft will take place June 10-11 with the first round and Competitive

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: 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

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

The Show Before the Show: Episode 259

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,

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

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,

Open for business at the ballpark

As restrictions loosen, Minor League teams get creative
@BensBiz
May 21, 2020

All 50 states are in the process of reopening their economies while easing lockdown restrictions. What this means varies from state to state and sometimes even town to town. Minor League Baseball teams, like businesses everywhere, are cautiously determining how to proceed. While there are no plans in place to