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.
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.
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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.
Seth Stohs who runs the outstanding Minnesota Twins blog SethSpeaks.net 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.
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.
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.
Jason Bristol, a must follow on twitter @JasonBristol, sits down with former Tampa Bay Devil Rays prospect & Miami Hurricanes quarterback Kenny Kelly who talks about his full on crash into a concrete wall during an Independent Atlantic League game against the York Revolution. The crash seen in the video below is incredibly violent. Kelly was taken by ambulance from the field following the collision. Kelly, who plays for the Road Warriors sits down with Bristol and talks about that night, his comeback from the injury, and being thankful to not be more seriously hurt.