Friday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

Ryan Lavarnway Boston Red Sox – Home Run #13

Brandon Guyer Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #11

Ryan Strieby Detroit Tigers – Home Run #16

Trayvon Robinson Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #26

Brett Lawrie Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #16

Matt Den Dekker New York Mets – Home Run #6

Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #28

Ryan Wheeler Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #14 & #15

Tommy Mendonca Texas Rangers – Home Run #18, #19, & #20

Engel Beltre Texas Rangers – Home Run #1

Matthew Adams St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #22


Angelo Songco Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #18

Michael Burgess Chicago Cubs – Home Run #13


Trayce Thompson Chicago White Sox – Home Run #16 & #17

Kyle Parker Colorado Rockies – Home Run #13

Sean Coyle Boston Red Sox – Home Run #9

Mark Canha Florida Marlins – Home Run #17

Chris Jacobs Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #7 & #8

Braves Prospect Phil Gosselin Talks About Playing High-A Baseball Near His Hometown

Phil Gosselin is probably best known for cranking a Home Run off the then unbeaten Stephen Strasburg that helped the Virginia Cavaliers beat San Diego State in the 2009 NCAA Regional. However now that he’s turned pro, Gosselin is beginning to makie a name for himself in the Carolina League as the second baseman is one of the batter hitters on the Lynchburg Hillcats. The Atlanta Braves farmhand is batting .272 with 22 doubles, five triples, five home runs, and 51 RBI’s so far this season. In the story below, Gosselin talks about staying focused in his first full season, playing close to home in Lynchburg, getting to see his Virginia Cavaliers make it to the NCAA’s once again, and playing minor league ball for Luis Salazar who lost his eye after being hit with a line drive during spring training.

Ex-Virginia standout Phil Gosselin is learning in the Braves organization — Washington Post

Texas Rangers Hitting Coach Scott Coolbaugh Talks About His Brother Mike On The Four Year Anniversary Of His Death

It’s been four years to the day since tragedy struck Minor League Baseball when Tulsa Drillers coach Mike Coolbaugh was struck with a line drive and killed while coaching first base during the Drillers game at Arkansas. Coolbaugh’s brother Scott is now the Texas Rangers’ hitting coach. In the story Scott talks about his brothers memory, forming the Diamond Dreams foundation, and how tough it was not to be able to call his brother and tell him he was headed to the big leagues.

Coolbaugh feels brother’s presence, four years after tragedy

Thursday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

Ryan Lavarnway Boston Red Sox – Home Run #12

Russ Canzler Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #12

Mauro Gomez Atlanta Braves – Home Run #18

Adrian Cardenas Oakland Athletics – Home Run #4

Jerry Sands Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #15

Taylor Green Milwaukee Brewers – Home Run #14

Chris Nelson Colorado Rockies – Home Run #8 & #9

Tyler Moore Washington Nationals – Home Run #22

Beau Mills Cleveland Indians – Home Run #11

Jordany Valdespin New York Mets – Home Run #12 & #13

Allan Dykstra New York Mets – Home Run #13

Matt Den Dekker New York Mets – Home Run #5

Chih-Hsien Chiang Boston Red Sox – Home Run #17

Josh Vitters Chicago Cubs – Home Run #9

Ryan Wheeler Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #13

Tim Beckham Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #6

Michael Bianucci Texas Rangers – Home Run #22

Luis Jimenez Los Angeles Angels – Home Run #14

Jon Gaston Houston Astros – Home Run #4 & #5

Reymond Fuentes San Diego Padres – Home Run #2

Bryce Brentz Boston Red Sox – Home Run #10

Jonathan Singleton Philadelphia Phillies – Home Run #8

Cesar Puello New York Mets – Home Run #7

Nathan Freiman San Diego Padres – Home Run #15 & #16

Carlos Moncrief Cleveland Indians – Home Run #13 & #14

Jesus Aguilar Cleveland Indiands – Home Run #20

Derrick Dietrich Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #13

Donald Lutz Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #14 (Hit for Cycle)

Marcell Ozuna Florida Marlins – Home Run #14

Andrew Clark Texas Rangers – Home Runs #9 & #10

Jim Murphy Philadelphia Phillies – Home Run #20

Fan That Had Bryce Harper Sign His Mickey Mantle Ball Chucks Ball Into Woods After Being Denied By Pete Rose

Remember Brian, the fan who had Bryce Harper sign his grandfather’s Mickey Mantle Autographed Baseball? Well he’s back. This time documenting his trip to Cooperstown New York for the Major League Baseball 2011 Hall Of Fame Induction. He catches up with Pete Rose at a local restaurant and asks for his autograph on a previously unsigned baseball upon Rose’s departure. Rose does not sign, and Brian responds by throwing the ball into the woods over oncoming traffic.

MLB Sale On One Dozen Rawlings ROMLB Official Major League Baseballs And Coupon Code

This is not a bad deal. shop is running a deal for One Dozen Rawlings ROMLB Official Major League Baseballs with cubes for $159.99. This is a discount from the normal price of $179.99. When you factor in the $1.50 value of the ball cube, it brings the baseballs themselves to just under $12 per ball. You can also use a code (All Caps) MLBINSIDE10 for 15% off any non-sale item at the Store by entering the coupon code at checkout.

Rawlings ROMLB Official Major League Baseball with Cube by the Dozen —

Sons Of Late Chicago White Sox Executive Feud Over Whereabouts His Autographed Baseball Collection

When a Ray Durham autographed baseball turns up sitting on a shelf where a baseball signed by a Hall of Famer used to sit, something fishy may be going on. So was the thought of Benjamin Pogofsky who found the Durham ball sitting among bits and pieces of what was once his late father, former Chicago White Sox executive, Larry Pogofsky’s prized autographed baseball collection. The interesting story below outlines the series of events that subsequently led to Pogofsky’s brother being charged with felony theft and burglary in the case of the missing baseballs estimated to be worth upwards of $10,000.

Ill. family feuds over dad’s baseball collection —

Minnesota Twins Blogger Seth Stohs Spends A Weekend With The Midwest League Beloit Snappers

Seth Stohs who runs the outstanding Minnesota Twins blog and is a must follow on twitter @SethTweets recently spent a weekend behind the scenes with the Twins Class-A affiliate the Beloit Snappers. Stohs writes about his experience with the club and offers an inside look at the preparation that goes on for both the players and front office staff of a minor league baseball franchise, as well as provides his scouting report on a number of the Twins young prospects.

A Weekend In Beloit —

Former Texas Longhorns Catcher Taylor Teagarden Enjoys Playing Minutes From Austin For Triple-A Round Rock

It’s been a homecoming of sorts for Texas Rangers catcher Taylor Teagarden. When the Rangers switched Triple-A affiliates moving from Oklahoma City to Round Rock, it meant that Teagarden, who has been up and down with the franchise since his major league debut in 2008, would be playing minutes from Austin, where he spent his college days. Teagarden caught the final out of the Texas Longhorns 2005 College World Series championship. In the story, Teagarden talks about his return to the Austin area, and the support that he still receives from Longhorns fans.

Former UT catcher bringing winning ways to Round Rock — Daily Texan Online

Huntsville Stars Running 2nd Annual Car Survivor Contest: Five People Enter Last One Standing Wins The Car

The Huntsville Stars the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers and Jerry Damson Honda are running their second annual Car Survivor contest. On July 20th during the Stars game against the Chattanooga Lookouts, five fans entered the 2007 Honda Accord parked outside the main gate at Joe Davis Stadium. When they leave is up to them. By rule they get a 15 minute break every 6 hours. So that means 23 of their 24 hours each day will be spent in the vehicle. The last one out wins the car. Last year’s contest went eight days before the final contestant folded. There is no air conditioning in the vehicle so they will only have the luxury of having the windows rolled down to circulate air. The five day forecast in Huntsville shows high of at least 87 degrees for the next five days with a couple of days over 90. I have posted the contestants into videos below. Contestant Susan is tweeting from the vehicle and you can follow her @BayouBabe1210 the Stars are also tweeting updates from the contest @CarSurvivor. In addition they are running 24 Hour per day U-Stream coverage, which you can watch below the contestant intros.

UPDATE #1: After 20 Hours, none of the five contestants have left the 2007 Honda Accord.

UPDATE #2: 7:38 p.m. Central: Deborah has just left the car. She’s the first one to leave. Down to the final four.

UPDATE #3: Susan bowed out after 26 Hours. Down to 3 left in the car.

UPDATE #4: Jan has left the car. Down to the final two.

UPDATE #5: As of 11:00pm EST on Sunday both Shawn and Nathan still remain in the car. Going on their 5th day in the vehicle.

UPDATE #6: No sign of either contestant leaving the car as the contest nears the end of its 6th day.

UPDATE #7: Car Survivor is in it’s 8th day with no sign of stopping.

UPDATE #8: Car Survivor is over. Shawn wins in the 9th day.

Meet The Contestants:

Susan: Eliminated After 26 Hours

Deboorah: ELIMINATED After 21 Hours


Jan: Eliminated After Just Over 48 Hours

Nathan Eliminated After 9 Days

Watch the 24 Hour Live Streams from inside the vehicle at