Category: Independent

St. Paul Saints Sermon: March Update

After an exciting beginning to the off-season, the St. Paul Saints used the month of February to sign three key players and prepare to finalize their roster. The off-season has already been an exciting one for the Twin-Cities based team with the acquisition of All-Stars Ian Gac and Dustin Crenshaw, but the team has some…

Mike Veeck Preaches Fan First Fun for St. Paul Saints

Outside of players and managers, there are few names in baseball that are as recognizable as the name Veeck. It is a name that is on equal standing with such legendary baseball figures as George Steinbrenner, Ken Burns, and Bill James. Many recognize the name Bill Veeck as a Hall of Fame owner, but it…

Joplin Blasters Jive: Off-Season Update

It will be an exciting time in Joplin, Missouri this summer, as the Joplin Blasters join the American Association for their inaugural season. The club has had a lot to do to prepare for the upcoming season, but they have been incredibly active, acquiring 12 players to help the team in its first season in…

Amarillo Thunderheads Tale: Off-Season Update

It was a tough year in Amarillo last season, as the Sox went 37-63, the second worst record in the American Association. However, the team looks for big changes this season, starting with a renaming of the team itself. Last year’s Amarillo Sox are this year’s Amarillo Thunderheads, and with a new name comes a…

Grand Prairie AirHogs Press: Off-Season Report

It was a disappointing 2014 season for the Grand Prairie AirHogs, as the team finished 40-60, 33 games behind the American Association champion Wichita Wingnuts. The AirHogs look to make a splash this year, but so far this off-season they have been fairly silent, making a few moves, but not a big splash to this…

Laredo Lemurs Lingo: Off-Season Update

It was a great season in Texas for American Association baseball, as the Laredo Lemurs won an impressive 58 games and earned a spot in the league’s playoffs. The problem for the Lemurs was that the 73-win Wichita Wingnuts were also in their division, and that was the Lemurs opening round opponent. Laredo was summarily…

Wichita Wingnuts Wire: Off-Season Update

After making it to the big dance the previous two seasons, only to fall short in the finals, the Wichita Wingnuts finally took home the American Association Championship in 2014. It was an amazing run that saw the team set several league records, including most wins in a season by a team (73). Outfielder Brent…

Sioux City Explorers Examiner: Off-Season Update

The Sioux City Explorers finished a disappointing fourth in the Central Division of the American Association last season, but this was a team that showed flashes of excellence, going 18-11 following the All-Star break. That record included a five- and a six-game win streak. The Explorers showed real heart, and they are ready to feed…

Kansas City T-Bones Talk: Off-Season Update

The Kansas City T-Bones entered August last season in competition for the Central Division title in the American Association, but a 6-12 start to the month severely hampered their chances, despite winning their final six games of the season. Lincoln got hot and Gary stayed competitive to the end, making Kansas City an also-ran by…

Gary Southshore RailCats Report: Off-Season Update

The Gary Southshore RailCats saw the 2014 season come to a very disappointing end when Lincoln got hot down the stretch and took the Central Division title. It left a bad taste in the mouth of the team from Indiana, a taste they will want to wash out with a big dose of winning. This…

Lincoln Saltdogs Line: Off-Season Report

A late surge gave the Lincoln Saltdogs the Central Division title in the American Association, and the team rallied from an 0-2 deficit against the Winnipeg Goldeyes to advance to the league championship series, but that is where the dream came to an end. The Wichita Wingnuts were just too tough and were not going…

Sioux Falls Canaries Chat: Off-Season Report

It was a rough season in 2014 for the Sioux Falls Canaries. The team finished last in the North Division, and had the worst record in the American Association at 33-67. It was a tough year, which led the team to decide that manager Steve Shirley would not remain at the helm. A change was…

Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Review: Off-Season Update

Last season ended with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks finishing third in the North Division of the American Association, 19.5 games behind the division winning Winnipeg Goldeyes. It was a very tough season, but ended with some hope when the team split their last ten games. So far this off-season the RedHawks have moved carefully to fill…

Winnipeg Goldeyes Gazette: Off-Season Report

The Winnipeg Goldeyes were last year’s North Division winner in the American Association and looked like they were going to roll to the championship series, but the Lincoln Saltdogs had other plans. Winnipeg won the first two games at home, then were swept in Lincoln, ending their season. A disappointing end to the season has…

St. Paul Saints Sermon: Off-Season Update

With less the four months left until the St. Paul Saints open the season in their new downtown stadium, it’s time to begin a monthly examination of the team and what has been going on with them this off-season. The Minor League Sports Report will provide a monthly recap of the happenings with the team…

Abel Nieves Named American Association Playoff MVP

Oddly enough, on the day that Abel Nieves saw his 19-game hitting streak come to an end, he may have had his most important game of the playoffs for the Wichita Wingnuts. The second baseman proved to be the primary catalyst in the team’s dominant run to the American League Championship and this is why…

Wichita Wingnuts Finish Out Series Like Champions

After being the runner-up the last two seasons in the American Association Championship series, this year the Wichita Wingnuts took home the title, claiming the best-of-five series with an 8-3 victory Saturday night. These Wingnuts were not going to be denied this season, as they swept the series, and claimed their sixth victory in seven…

Wichita Wingnuts Brent Clevlen Named American Association MVP

The Minor League Sports Report named their American Association Most Valuable Player on Friday, and the award goes to Brent Clevlen of the Wichita Wingnuts. While players such as Winnipeg’s Tyler Kuhn and Casey Haerther, Lincoln’s Ian Gac, and Laredo’s Nick Van Stratten received consideration, no one was more deserving than the Wichita Wingnuts player…

Early Outburst Brings Wichita Wingnuts Within 1 Game of Championship

For the second straight night the Wichita Wingnuts jumped out to an early lead in their American Association Championship series game against the Lincoln Saltdogs. Unlike the previous night, however, the Wingnuts gave no impression to those pesky ‘Dogs that they were going to have a chance to get back into this game, as starter…

Tim Brown, David Espinosa Power Wichita Wingnuts to Victory: American Association Championship

Game 1 of the American Association Championship looked like it wasn’t going to be much of game at all. By the eighth inning the Wichita Wingnuts had a 10-0 lead and starter Tim Brown looked absolutely unhittable. It looked like Wichita would coast into a 1-o lead over their neighbors to the north, the Lincoln…