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Ben's Biz: Loons ready to 'party in slow motion'

Great Lakes will take on Pontooners identity for three games
@BensBiz
March 1, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE.

Podcast: Talking Tobacco Beetles, prospects in spring

Alt identities in Winston-Salem, Great Lakes; Prospects in spring
March 1, 2024

Check out the latest episodes 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 on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Megaphone and other

JSerra High School prepped Royce Lewis for journey

Former No. 1 overall pick learned valuable lessons in high school
@JesseABorek
February 28, 2024

On March 9, 2017, Royce Lewis arrived at the ballpark with added pep in his step. With a plethora of talent evaluators in the stands, Lewis, then a high school senior mere months away from becoming the first overall pick in the MLB Draft, was a powder keg of energy

Everything to know about Spring Breakout

Tickets, special rules and more as Minor Leaguers take big stage
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 15, 2024

One of the great joys of the annual All-Star Futures Game is the chance to put some of the game’s top prospects on one field in the middle of the summer and let them show off the tools that make them the future of baseball. But what if instead of

Winston-Salem wants you to meet the Beetles

White Sox High-A affiliate wants you to meet the Beetles
@BensBiz
February 27, 2024

Tobacco Beetles, the Winston-Salem Dash’s new alternate identity, pays tribute to one of the region’s most notorious pests. Smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em. The Dash, the High-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, are one of Minor League Baseball’s longest continuously operating teams. The franchise was established in 1945

Road to The Show™: White Sox prospect Gonzalez

Slugging shortstop follows familiar development track to South Side
@Gerard_Gilberto
February 27, 2024

MiLB.com's Road to the Show Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at fourth-ranked White Sox prospect Jacob Gonzalez. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Honoring Black baseball's rich and storied history

Nine Minor League clubs will celebrate Black baseball history in '24
February 27, 2024

When Jackie Robinson made his debut as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in Spring Training of 1946, his jersey number was not the 42 he'd come to be associated with. That spring in Daytona Beach, and throughout the ensuing season with the Triple-A Montreal Royals, he wore number

Pawol serves as Spring Training ump, enters rare air

Minors' history-making female umpire notches latest milestone
February 25, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- She started getting congratulations before the first pitch of Saturday night’s Grapefruit League between the Astros and Nationals was even thrown. The results of the game and whether umpire Jen Pawol got every call correct didn’t matter on this day. Everywhere Pawol turned at CACTI

'Dandy' of a Negro Leagues star excelled in MiLB

Hall of Famer Dandridge signed with New York Giants at age 35
February 20, 2006

As a member of the Newark Eagles in 1937, Ray Dandridge was part of what was known as the "Million Dollar Infield." Had he come into baseball in a different era, the million-dollar label could have easily been used to describe his salary, not just his skill set. Instead, the

Triple-A Jacksonville celebrates public domain

Marlins' affiliate Jumbo Shrimp set to host theme night free-for-all
@BensBiz
February 23, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE.

Black Barons made Rickwood Field hallowed ground

Double-A Birmingham will face Montgomery at historic venue
@JoshJacksonMiLB
February 22, 2024

When the Double-A Birmingham Barons host the Montgomery Biscuits on June 18 at Birmingham’s Rickwood Field, and when the Giants face the Cardinals there on Juneteenth, the games will be played on hallowed ground. Rickwood Field was originally the home of two franchises. Opened in 1910, it was built for

Andre Dawson still helping grow the game

Hall of Famer maintains deep connections to Florida A&M, HBCUs
@benweinrib
February 23, 2024

From a very young age, Andre Dawson knew he wanted to be a Florida A&M Rattler. In elementary school, the future member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame attended the Orange Blossom Classic, where the Rattlers football team played annually in his hometown of Miami. The games were intoxicating

Podcast: Public domain jerseys; need for speed

Jumbo Shrimp celebrating public-domain characters in 2024
February 23, 2024

Check out the latest episodes 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 on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Megaphone and other

Minor Leagues fueled Strawberry's meteoric rise

Coaches, teammates and experience guided 'Straw' to stardom
@MavalloneMiLB
February 21, 2024

Darryl Strawberry doesn't lament where the circuitous route of life has ultimately brought him. He doesn't look back with regret. He does, however, wonder what might have been. His tale is well-known. From high school phenom in Los Angeles to the top of the sports world in New York, the

Speedy Scott, Simpson share bond beyond record

Cardinals, Rays prospects talked frequently during stolen base race
February 20, 2024

Victor Scott II, No. 4 prospect for the Cardinals according to MLB Pipeline, was born to run. Both of his parents were track and field stars. His father is in the Morris Brown College Hall of Fame for the sport. Vic Sr. once lost a race to his son ...

Road to The Show™: Red Sox catcher Teel

No. 40 overall prospect moves quickly with advanced approach
@Gerard_Gilberto
February 20, 2024

MiLB.com's Road to the Show Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at third-ranked Red Sox prospect Kyle Teel. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Ben's Biz: Bowling Green reveals Cavemen identity

Rays High-A affiliate pays tribute to natural wonders of Kentucky
@BensBiz
February 16, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE.

Buck O'Neil's legacy continues to grow in game

First Black coach in AL/NL history, baseball's biggest ambassador
February 15, 2024

Whether it be as a first basemen, a coach or as a scout, Buck O’Neil was a pioneer. Not only was he the first Black coach in AL/NL history, he signed legends such as Ernie Banks, Lou Brock and Joe Carter as a scout. The key was O'Neil's personable approach

Podcast: New Cavemen alternate; Prospects in camp

Bowling Green GM Wolz speaks on Cavemen alternate identity
February 16, 2024

Check out the latest episodes 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 on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Megaphone and other

Renegades to honor legendary Newburgh Gorhams

Gorhams featured multiple Hall of Famers, were one of the top all-black professional baseball clubs of the 19th century
February 15, 2024

Wappingers Falls, N.Y. (Feb. 15, 2024) – The Hudson Valley Renegades, the High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, are proud to announce today that for their game on Friday, August 2 against the Jersey Shore BlueClaws they will take the field as the Newburgh Gorhams, paying tribute to one

Road to The Show™: Braves’ right-hander Waldrep

Armed with elite splitter, No. 90 prospect could reach Majors soon
@Gerard_Gilberto
February 13, 2024

MiLB.com's Road to the Show Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at second-ranked Braves’ prospect Hurston Waldrep. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. Hurston

Minors ump Pawol to work Spring Training games

Will be first woman to umpire MLB spring exhibitions since 2007
February 12, 2024

Jen Pawol has been steadily moving up the umpires ranks over the course of her eight-year career, and she is now one step closer to the Majors with the Monday announcement that she will be the first woman since 2007 to work in Major League Spring Training games. This is

Price was right after act of faith at Vanderbilt

Five-time All-Star went No. 1 overall after storied college career
@allisonmast13
February 12, 2024

It’s January 2005, and David Price is on the cusp of his freshman season at Vanderbilt. But he’s also a few bad games away from quitting baseball and working at a local McDonald’s. “It was a January or February day. There was a big part of him that was going

Meet the only player drafted No. 1 overall twice

Goodwin selected four years apart in '70s by White Sox and Angels
February 9, 2024

Baseball is unique among the major sports in terms of how common it is for players to be drafted more than once, often including players who are chosen both out of high school and college. Since the inaugural Draft in 1965, 30 players have been picked in the first round