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Where it began: From the Minors to Cooperstown 

A look at the pro debuts of Brock, Seaver, Gibson, Ford and Morgan
@BensBiz
October 15, 2020

Over the past two-and-a-half months, five members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame passed away: Tom Seaver, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Whitey Ford and Joe Morgan. They will be forever missed, and never forgotten. The Major League careers of this Cooperstown quintet ended long ago. Tom Seaver, the last

Shellenback shined during lengthy PCL career

Right-hander racked up records before spitball was banned
@AndrewAtBatt
October 7, 2020

A host of players have piled up astonishing accomplishments over long professional careers on the diamond without making a lasting impression on the game's most celebrated stage. Monsters of the Minors, presented by Uncle Ray's, provides introductions to Minor League legends sometimes overlooked by fans of baseball history.

Actor Patterson first starred in Minor Leagues

'Gilmore Girls' actor pitched in Braves, Yankees farm systems
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 5, 2020

Just before the 1981 season, a prospect made a deal with a legend. Scott Patterson was entering his second professional season in the Braves system and it was time to negotiate his contract with the club’s senior vice president: Hank Aaron. The 22-year-old didn’t have an agent or advisor in

San Juan Marlins burned brightly, briefly in Minors

Puerto Rico club entertained fans in International League in 1961
@tylermaun
October 1, 2020

Tales of ballplayers who arrive on United States shores from across Latin America are well documented. A teenage player from a baseball hotbed signs a contract or heads to school and makes his way to the Draft. He journeys to far-flung destinations with the ultimate goal of big league ball

Fun facts about Triple-A championships

From the Little World Series to the national title game
@Kelsie_Heneghan
September 22, 2020

A championship by any other name would still be as sweet to win. And at the Triple-A level, there have been a lot of names. From the first Little World Series in 1904 to the Triple-A National Championship Game fans know today, hundreds of prospects and farmhands have played for

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy SAL seasons

Martinez, Gallo showed slugging ways; Edwards, Corry shoved
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 22, 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've turned it into an appreciation of the full-season circuits as well. So Toolshed has been revisiting the 10 most notable individual seasons put

They are the champions: MiLB's winningest clubs

A league-by-league overview of the teams that have the most titles
@BensBiz
September 17, 2020

This is the time of year when Minor League championships are won. But the absence of a Minor League Baseball season has meant the absence of playoffs, which has meant the absence of championships. You, of course, already knew this. So enough talk about absence. This article is about those

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy MWL seasons

Bichette, Tatis, Trout battle for top spot among Midwest standouts
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 15, 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

Jolley gave smiles to generations of Minors fans

Slugger set records in PCL, hit for average and power over 20 years
@JoshJacksonMiLB
September 9, 2020

A host of players have piled up astonishing accomplishments over long professional careers on the diamond without making a lasting impression on the game's most celebrated stage. Monsters of the Minors, presented by Uncle Ray's, provides introductions to Minor League legends sometimes overlooked by fans of baseball history.

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy FSL seasons

Isabel's homer record, Moore's big K year stood out in 2010s
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 8, 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

Adams pulled off rare double duty with Braves

Former Atlanta farmhand played in Minors, Majors on same day
@RobTnova24
September 7, 2020

It's been a strange year in baseball. A season traditionally viewed as a marathon became a 60-game sprint. Previously unfamiliar terms like player pools, alternate training sites and taxi squads have become daily nomenclature. With each passing day, the game's future stars make their big league debuts inside ballparks filled

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy Carolina seasons

Gallo's power, Hosmer's bat, McKenzie's K's stood out in 2010s
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 4, 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

Stitches in time: Nine who played nine in nine

Fielding every position's a season-ending Minor League tradition
@BensBiz
September 3, 2020

In the history of Major League Baseball, only five men have played all nine positions in the course of a single game. In Minor League Baseball, however, this idiosyncratic feat is much more common. In fact, it's a Labor Day weekend tradition. While no one played all nine positions in

Minors' teams celebrate Negro League legacy

Taking a nationwide look at planned centennial commemorations
@BensBiz
September 1, 2020

On Feb. 13, 1920, the Negro National League was founded in Kansas City, Missouri. One hundred years later to the day Minor League Baseball announced it was partnering with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Josh Gibson Foundation "to celebrate the impact the Negro Leagues have had on professional

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

Dudley Field played home to historic outburst

Diablos, Golden Gators set Texas League records in 35-21 slugfest
@RobTnova24
July 30, 2020

No place in Minor League Baseball history provided the spectacle that El Paso's Dudley Field did regularly in its heyday. At an elevation of more than 4,000 feet, the dry desert air and constant high winds combined with quirky outfield dimensions made the stadium a launching pad for baseballs. Throw

A well-trodden road: Travelers pass test of time

Texas League's longest-tenured team name dates back to 1901
@tylermaun
July 24, 2020

With so much focus year after year on the newest and wildest rebranding projects in Minor League Baseball, MiLB.com takes a look at the flip side. This spring and summer, we will be profiling teams with some of the longest continually used nicknames in each league. Next up: the Texas

Ike at the Bat: Eisenhower's rumored baseball past

34th president is said to have played in old Central Kansas League
July 15, 2020

When debating who ranks among the United States' best presidents, one typically can’t make it far down the list without mentioning Dwight D. Eisenhower. Between leading the Allied Forces to victory in World War II, ending the Korean War a decade later and establishing such institutions as NASA and the

Ryan left mark in Minors before callup

Hall Of Famer put name in record books during '66 season
@RobTnova24
July 8, 2020

Before the remarkable 27-year Major League career in which he pitched a record seven no-hitters, compiled a record 5,714 strikeouts and earned 324 victories. Before he received the plaque in Cooperstown -- with 98.79 percent of the vote on his first ballot. And before he earned the nickname "The Ryan

Through logo evolution, Chiefs endure in Midwest

Peoria franchise found stable visual identity with early 2000s tweak
@tylermaun
July 2, 2020

With so much focus year after year on the newest and wildest rebranding projects in Minor League Baseball, MiLB.com takes a look at the flip side. This spring and summer, we will be profiling teams with some of the longest continually used nicknames in each league. Next up: the Midwest

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

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

Bigelow's bat propels dominant career in Minors

Outfielder ruled Southern Association despite defensive struggles
May 20, 2020

A host of players have piled up astonishing accomplishments over long professional careers on the diamond without making a lasting impression on the game's most celebrated stage. This series, Monsters of the Minors, provides introductions to Minor League legends sometimes overlooked by fans of baseball history. Today, the route Elliot

Sun Sox lit up Miami in early 1950s

Taking vim from skipper Martin, fierce franchise made history
May 14, 2020

When Bill Klem died in September 1951, Pepper Martin was among the honorary pallbearers for the legendary umpire. The duo had long been linked in baseball history -- for starters, Klem officiated all seven of the 1931 World Series games that cemented Martin's place in the annals of the sport,

Dalkowski was the original 'Wild Thing'

Former O's prospect said to have one of best fastballs of his era
May 6, 2020

Former players swear he was the hardest thrower they had ever seen. He never stepped foot on a Major League mound and was out of the sport well before his 30th birthday. His name doesn't conjure many, if any, memories for casual fans.It's not a stretch to say most baseball