minor league baseball

19 Stories

Minor League Team's Plucky Logo Goes Viral

Meet the Rocket City Trash Pandas

(Newser) - Minor league baseball teams occasionally get a little cheeky , but a new Alabama team is seeing merchandise fly out the door after it decided to talk a little trash. Meet the Madison-based Rocket City Trash Pandas, which unveiled their logo on Saturday—a raccoon lifting off in a trash-can like... More »

Baseball Team Will Let You Know if Father's Day Is for You

By giving away pregnancy tests, obviously

(Newser) - A minor league baseball team in Florida has planned an unusual Father's Day promotion, the AP reports. This week Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp have added a second promotion to the usual Thirsty Thursday celebration. They're calling it the "You Might Be a Father" promotion, which comes with a... More »

Tim Tebow Is Officially a Baseball Player

New York Mets sign him to minor league contract

(Newser) - Tim Tebow has indeed found himself a career in baseball —but it's not the major league deal he was hoping for. The New York Mets have signed the former NFL quarterback to a minor league contract, reports NBC New York . He'll join the Mets' instructional league, which... More »

Baseball's 'Rising Meteor' Dead in Crash at 22

Oscar Taveras, girlfriend suffer accident in Dominican Republic

(Newser) - High hopes for St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, 22, came to a tragic end yesterday when the rising slugger and his girlfriend were both killed in a car crash. The accident occurred on a Dominican Republic highway near Taveras' home, just weeks after he nailed a home run to... More »

Teammate Bites Off Part of MLB Prospect's Ear

Alex Guerrero to have reattachment surgery

(Newser) - It's like Mike Tyson all over again. After a pair of Los Angeles Dodgers prospects got in a fight, one ended up with part of his ear bitten off. There's still hope, however, for infielder Alex Guerrero and his ear: He's set to have plastic surgery to... More »

Team Admits Staging Fake Proposal, Rejection

Double-A team's stunt went viral

(Newser) - The hundreds of thousands of people who cringed in embarrassment (or laughed) at a guy having his marriage proposal publicly shot down can stop cringing (or laughing). Turns out it was all a hoax by a minor league baseball team, reports the Hartford Courant . The video went up on YouTube... More »

Clemens Pitches at 50 ... and Does Pretty Well

Pitches 3 1/3 inning for minor league team, but scouts come out

(Newser) - Roger Clemens was back on the mound at age 50, striking out hitters again. Pitching for the first time in five years, Clemens tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings last night for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. Clemens faced the Bridgeport Bluefish and struck out two, including... More »

Braves Coach Loses Eye to Rogue Foul

Minor league manager Luis Salazar will return to work this season

(Newser) - An Atlanta Braves coach has lost his left eye after a foul ball hit him in the face. Luis Salazar, a minor league manager, was watching a spring training game when a line drive off the bat of the Braves’ Brian McCann hit him in the dugout. He was knocked... More »

Alvin Greene Action Figures Arrive!

Sort of: SC baseball team takes shortcut for stunt

(Newser) - Surprise Senate candidate Alvin Greene made headlines a while back for floating the idea of making action figures of himself as a way to create jobs. A minor league baseball team in South Carolina heard the idea and is beating him to the punch, reports AP . On Saturday, the Charleston... More »

Female Knuckleballer Makes US Debut

Eri Yoshida gives up four runs in three innings

(Newser) - Eri Yoshida had a rocky outing in her long-awaited US pro baseball debut, giving up four runs on five hits in three innings. But the Japanese knuckleballer—the first woman to play professionally in two countries, according to the Wall Street Journal —managed to impress some ex-major leaguers along... More »

Minor League Team Signs Female Pitcher

Eri Yoshida, Japan's first pro woman player, comes to US

(Newser) - Eri Yoshida, Japan’s first female pro baseball player, has signed to pitch for a minor league club in California. The 18-year-old knuckleballer will play for the independent Chico Outlaws, though the team stresses that she’ll have to earn her roster spot in spring training, the Enterprise-Record reports. “... More »

Immigrants Fill Dugouts of Minor League Teams

(Newser) - Foreigners, willing to work for less money, are taking American jobs … on the baseball diamond, the Wall Street Journal reports. Ever since George W. Bush signed the Compete Act in 2007, which essentially gave baseball teams unlimited work visas, teams have been snapping up foreign talent at a record... More »

For $10 Seats, Fans Ignore the P in 'Pawtucket Red Sox'

(Newser) - The people of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, are perfectly happy with their AAA Red Sox farm team, and others from across Red Sox Nation are tagging along, NPR reports. Box seats cost $10 at McCoy stadium, and a hot dog can be had for less than an arm and a leg.... More »

Manny's Return Captivates Albuquerque

Ramirez heads to triple-A Isotopes

(Newser) - Manny Ramirez may play for the Albuquerque Isotopes tonight, and droves of locals are planning to be there, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Triple-A team sells 7,715 tickets for a typical game; tonight it expects up to 15,000. Fans aren’t much concerned about the slugger’s... More »

Baseball Hasn't Quite Socked Away the Stirrup Look

(Newser) - Stirrups, baseball’s heel- and toe-less signature hosiery, have their pitfalls for one minor leaguer. “They’re uncomfortable,” he says. “They want to fall down. They ride up in back. But it’s the look. You got to have some white showing.” Most major leaguers disagree,... More »

Expose the Users to Clear the Clean

'Real victims' of performance drugs are those left behind

(Newser) - The steroids-in-baseball "shame game" shouldn’t be limited to A-Rod and Barry Bonds, writes Mike Wise in the Washington Post. To keep mum on the others who cheated the game is to ignore the "real victims": The regular players who "chose correctly between right and wrong" ... More »

Bull Durham No More: Minor Leagues Have Major Money

Once known for cheap thrills, baseball's lower echelons generating tidy profits

(Newser) - If your impression of minor league baseball is still Bull Durham-era, Forbes has an update for you. Gone are dirt-poor players traveling to low-tech stadiums on creaky buses: The top 20 teams are worth an average $21.2 million each, and they pulled in $9.8 million per team last... More »

Take Me Out to the Brawl Game

Minor-league melee leaves player, fan hospitalized; pitcher faces assault charges

(Newser) - Baseball brawls don’t get much nastier than last night’s dustup between the Dayton Dragons and Peoria Chiefs. The box score: One player with a broken leg, a fan hospitalized after getting beaned by a ball, 15 players and both managers ejected, and the not-so-small matter of Peoria starter... More »

Timberlake To Take Field in Baseball Flick

Pop star will play minor leaguer trying to connect with family

(Newser) - Justin Timberlake will take a swing at minor league ballplaying in the upcoming flick The Open Road, the AP reports. Adding to his Hollywood resume, Timberlake will play Carlton Garrett, a made-up member of the Houston Astros’ farm team, the Corpus Christi Hooks. Timberlake, aiming for authenticity, has attempted—so... More »

19 Stories