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Shore thing: BlueClaws adopt beachy keen look 

Lakewood club shifts to 'Jersey Shore' moniker, unveils fresh logos
@BensBiz
October 21, 2020

New Jersey's Lakewood Township Minor League Baseball team isn't going anywhere. In 2021, as in every season since their inaugural 2001 campaign, the Phillies' Class A affiliate will still be named the BlueClaws and operate out of FirstEnergy Park. Nonetheless, next year marks the official start of a new era

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

Lexington and Florence travel the Bourbon Trail  

Season on the rocks results in neat Kentucky baseball partnership
@BensBiz
September 10, 2020

Brandon Phillips is a member of the Lexington Legends. Ordinarily, this would sound absurd, and perhaps it still does. What set of circumstances would lead a 39-year-old Cincinnati Reds icon with more than 2,000 hits at the Major League level to come out of retirement to play for the Legends,

RiverDogs, area nonprofit give Charleston Hope

MiLB CommUNITY grant will benefit efforts at Title 1 schools
@jtbloss
August 26, 2020

Chris Singleton had a good feeling after he submitted Charleston Hope as a possible recipient of one of Minor League Baseball’s five CommUNITY grants. So the Charleston RiverDogs’ director of community outreach texted Emily Kerr, Charleston Hope’s founder and executive director, to pass along that the nonprofit had a strong

Drive continue to make impact in South Carolina

Unique food creation, distribution plan garners June Promotion of the Month
July 14, 2020

Summer nights at Fluor Field in Greenville, South Carolina, have the feel of a large neighborhood gathering with the beautiful 15-year-old facility serving as the “front porch” of the Greater Greenville and Upstate South Carolina area. And while the coronavirus pandemic has prevented local fans from being able to support

Did you know? South Atlantic League edition

Unique facts for each of the 14 teams on the Class A circuit
@BensBiz
July 7, 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 10th installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,

Turchin sends North to SAL All-Star triumph

Orioles prospect delivers go-ahead three-run double in eighth
June 19, 2019

CHARLESTON, West Virginia -- For a moment, it looked like a Yankees prospect was going to steal the thunder from a talented group of Orioles pitching prospects at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on Tuesday night.As it turned out, an opposite narrative unfolded as Delmarva outfielder Doran Turchin roped

Rodriguez, Casas headline SAL All-Stars

Northern, Southern Divisions square off in Charleston on June 18
June 4, 2019

Good luck waiting patiently for some of the matchups bound to take place in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.Top Red Sox prospect/Class A Greenville first baseman Triston Casas will lead a loaded Southern Division lineup against a dominant Northern Division pitching staff featuring fourth-ranked Orioles prospect/Delmarva right-hander Grayson Rodriguez,

Pratto busts out, named All-Star MVP

Royals No. 2 prospect ends slump with homer, four RBIs
June 19, 2018

GREENSBORO, North Carolina -- One of the best things that happened to Nick Pratto at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on Tuesday night might have been losing his bat.A couple of pitches after his bat flew into the crowd and he had to use a backup, he slugged a

Spanberger finds groove in Home Run Derby

Rockies No. 25 prospect captures South Atlantic League crown
June 19, 2018

GREENSBORO, North Carolina -- Chad Spanberger not only hit the most long balls in Home Run Derby at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on Tuesday, he probably belted the farthest as well.It was quite a show by the Asheville Tourists first baseman."I got a nice rhythm going," Spanberger said

Pratto, Battenfield headline SAL All-Stars

Stacked Southern lineup to face strong Northern Division arms
June 5, 2018

The South Atlantic League All-Star rosters may not feature any of baseball's top-100 prospects, but there will still be plenty of intriguing players showcasing their talents in two weeks' time. A quartet of Class A Lakewood hurlers highlight the Northern Division team, while a power-heavy lineup leads the way for the

Winningham rules at Sally All-Star Game

Mets prospect nabs BUSH'S MVP award in rain-shortened game
June 20, 2017

COLUMBIA, South Carolina -- A fictional Minor League pitcher once said sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.Whatever happened to Bull Durham's Ebby Calvin LaLoosh was uncertain, but the sentiment remained true as the 58th annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game ended in a 3-3 tie after seven

Aggressiveness fueling Humphreys' breakout

Mets No. 29 prospect among SAL leaders in multiple categories
June 20, 2017

COLUMBIA, South Carolina -- When a prospect makes that first big leap in his development, fans and scouts look for a jumping-off point or event that turned the tide for that player. It could be a new pitch, a tweak in a swing or adopting a better in-game approach.No. 29