What's up, Doc? Beloit pitcher blazes unique path
M.D. Johnson studies mechanics, fixes gloves, embraces domesticity
BELOIT, Wisconsin -- His legal name is Michael David Johnson, but these days he’s often referred to as Doc. It’s a fitting nickname for the ace of the Beloit Sky Carp, even if he’s a long way from a PhD.
“In the baseball world I’ve always been known as M.D.,”
Legend of Big Joe Davis grows in Greenville
Sausage-making slugger goes yard on his bobblehead day
Joe Davis, a Texas native selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 19th round of the 2019 Draft, describes himself as “just a husky guy who plays first base.” But to fans of his current team, the Greenville Drive, and throughout the Boston organization, he’s achieved larger-than-life status.
Full circle: Bud Fowler set for Hall enshrinement
19th-century Black baseball trailblazer grew up in Cooperstown
Bud Fowler, the first Black player in professional baseball history, grew up in Cooperstown, N.Y. He’ll return there on July 22, 2022 -- 109 years after his death -- when he receives his long-overdue induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Fowler's career, improbable and wholly unique, began in the
What a moment: Preserving history at Polar Park
WooSox president Dr. Charles Steinberg wants to tell team's story
WORCESTER, Massachusetts -- It's Aug. 13, and the Worcester Red Sox are hosting the Syracuse Mets at their downtown home of Polar Park. The evening's ballgame has just begun, the first of a doubleheader, and soon, team president Dr. Charles Steinberg will step out of his office to watch it.
Been a while: Oldest Minor League ballparks
Entering the 2021 season, a look at the 11 most venerable facilities
Nine new ballparks will make their Minor League Baseball debuts in 2021, perhaps the most ever in a single season. But what about the stadiums on the other side of the spectrum that have been around the longest?
This article is dedicated to detailing just that. The Minor League Baseball
The more things change: Enduring affiliations
Amid time of transition, a look at the Minors' longest partnerships
This coming season marks the beginning of a radically different era of Minor League Baseball: 120 teams are now part of the landscape, comprised of 11 new leagues competing across four levels of play.
Minor League Baseball has always been defined by change, of course, as shifting affiliations, locations and
Standing up for the seats in Pensacola
Empathetic Blue Wahoos staffers assign names to plastic friends
America -- the band, not the country -- famously sang about having been through the desert on a horse with no name. Intrepid members of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos front office, having walked through a ballpark where the seats have no name, decided to do something about it.
33 in the books: PawSox say goodbye to McCoy
In absence of farewell campaign, team stages epic Grand Finale
In 2021, the Pawtucket Red Sox will move across state lines, some 45 miles to the northwest, and become the Worcester Red Sox. 2020, then, has marked this International League entity's 50th and final year at historic -- and much beloved -- McCoy Stadium. This milestone year came, and has
Where it began: From the Minors to Cooperstown
A look at the pro debuts of Brock, Seaver, Gibson, Ford and Morgan
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
Greenville Drive host civic-minded 'Day of Action'
Ballpark event features voter registration, COVID testing and more
After the 2020 Minor League season was officially canceled, the Greenville Drive began marketing themselves as their community's "ideal social distancing venue." The team's home of Fluor Field has since played host to a diverse array of events. Nearly all areas of the ballpark, from the luxury suites to the
They are the champions: MiLB's winningest clubs
A league-by-league overview of the teams that have the most titles
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
5-7-5: River Cats' broadcaster pens book of haiku
Doskow's 'Goodnight Em' getting to go deep, three lines at a time
This past March, Johnny Doskow's long-established baseball routines were completely upended by COVID-19. This was the case for everyone, of course, but Doskow used his newfound free time in a particularly unique manner. The longtime voice of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats penned and summarily self-published his debut book of
Lexington and Florence travel the Bourbon Trail
Season on the rocks results in neat Kentucky baseball partnership
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,
Hindsight 2020: Reviewing 'season' like no other
April through September, Minors tapped into the gameday spirit
Ready to have your mind blown? If the 2020 Minor League Baseball season had happened, it would have already happened. The regular season would have ended on Labor Day. Today, then, would have marked the first day of the offseason.
Of course, like so many other taken-for-granted entertainments, the 2020
Stitches in time: Nine who played nine in nine
Fielding every position's a season-ending Minor League tradition
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
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
Cut it out: Rochester rooters finally take their seats
Frontier Field, serving as Jays' alt site, adds cardboard supporters
To be a Rochester Red Wings fan in 2020, you've got to be cut out for the job.
The Red Wings, Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, welcomed their first crowd of the year on Aug. 21. This Frontier Field gathering, eclectic yet inanimate, was in the form of approximately
Skin in the game: A Minor League tattoo odyssey
Christensen details ongoing quest to ink every team on his body
This month we’re profiling Minor League Baseball fans across the country. These fans go to impressive lengths to show their love of the game in creative ways, staying connected to their favorite teams even when the action on the field is on hold. Do you think you can stake your
Minors offer a menagerie of memorable fans
Die-hard rooters prove essential to the ballpark experience
The absence of Minor League Baseball means the absence of fans, over 41 million of whom passed through the turnstiles in 2019. From Triple-A to Rookie Advanced, big cities to small towns, fans are the lifeblood of the industry.
Of course, not all fans are created equal. As we slog
What's in the box? It's a Minor League mystery
Iowa-based fan explains joys of enigmatic mail order merchandise
This month we’re profiling Minor League Baseball fans across the country who go to impressive lengths to show their love of the game in creative ways and stay connected to their favorite teams even when the action on the field is on hold. Do you think you can stake your