Lou “The Grey Cat” Clarizio Talks About His Days As A White Player In The Negro Leagues

The South Bend Silver Hawks are honoring five former Negro League players at their upcoming game on Monday July 25th against the Kane County Cougars. Among them are 89 year old Hank “Baby” Presswood and Lou “The Grey Cat” Clarizio who was the first white player to ever play in the Negro Leagues as a member of the Chicago American Giants. In the story Clarizio talks about being accepted by his teammates and coaches, but finding it much tougher to win over the fans. Presswood also looks back on his career with the Cleveland Buckeyes and the Kansas City Monarchs. It’s a fascinating story on both players.

Minor League baseball: Five ex-players from Negro Leagues to meet fans at Cove — South Bend Tribune

Pretty Cool Video Of A Decorah Eagle Eaglet Teaching Itself How To Fish

Not baseball, but bare with me for a moment. There is apparently tons and tons of interest in the Decorah Eagles, a family of Bald Eagles and their three Eaglets living in a nest in Decorah, Iowa. There is around the clock coverage of the Eagles that has generated over 100 million views on UStream. My dad decided to visit Decorah last week, and shot this awesome video of one of the Eaglets catching a fish in a local fish hatchery. Check it out if you enjoy that sort of thing, and we will be back to baseball shortly 🙂

Saturday’s Notable Minor League Starting Pitchers

List compiled by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. Follow JP on twitter @Jaypers413

Alex Colome Tampa Bay Rays – Double-A (AA Debut)

Nick Barnese Tampa Bay Rays – Double-A

Eric Surkamp San Francisco Giants – Double-A

Robbie Ross Texas Rangers – High-A

Trey McNutt Chicago Cubs – Double-A

Drew Hutchison Toronto Blue Jays – High-A

Pat Dean Minnesota Twins – High-A

Jarred Cosart Philadelphia Phillies – High-A

Austin Ross Milwaukee Brewers – High-A

Dellin Betances New York Yankees – Double-A

Matt Harvey New York Mets – Double-A

Alex Torres Tampa Bay Rays – Triple-A

Lisalberto Bonilla Philadelphia Phillies – Low-A

Julio Teheran Atlanta Braves – Triple-A

Allen Webster Los Angeles Dodgers – Double-A

Pat Corbin Arizona Diamondbacks – Double-A

Michael Main San Francisco Giants – High-A

Note: List is gathered at MILB.com, is tentative, and all of the day’s starting pitchers may not have been revealed at post time.

Friday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:
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

AA:
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

High-A

Angelo Songco Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #18

Michael Burgess Chicago Cubs – Home Run #13

Low-A

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

AAA
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

AA
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

High-A
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

Low-A
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. MLB.com 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 MLB.com code (All Caps) MLBINSIDE10 for 15% off any non-sale item at the MLB.com Store by entering the coupon code at checkout.

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

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