With the 2011 season over and the playoffs about to start, here is a look back at the year that was in Major League and Minor League Baseball brawls and benches clearing incidents. If you see any that we are missing, please send us the link on our twitter page @MinorLeagueBlog. Enjoy the videos.
3-8-2011 – Milwaukee Brewers vs Los Angles Dodgers
4-26-2011 – Hagerstown Suns vs West Virginia Power
5-11-2011 – Baltimore Orioles vs Seattle Mariners
5-13-2011 – Greenville Drive vs Charleston River Dogs
Former Kentucky Wildcats star and Detroit Pistons NBA Champion Tayshaun Prince visited the Lexington Legends the Low-A South Atlantic League affiliate of the Houston Astros on fan appreciation night this past Friday. Among his duties was throwing out the first pitch between the Lexington Legends and Savannah Sand Gnats game. After much theatrics on the mound, Prince fired a fastball straight into the ground. Forward to the 2:40 mark of the video below to see the pitch.
The Hagerstown Suns, the Low-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals honored the late Nick Adenhart with a night in his honor as they took on the Lexington Legends. Adenhart’s mother Janet Gigeous threw out the first pitch, a plaque honoring Adenhart was placed on the Suns Wall of Fame, and a silent auction was held to raise money for the Nick Adenhart Foundation. The late Los Angeles Angels pitcher was killed by a drunk driver hours after pitching six scoreless innings against the Oakland Athletics in April 2009. He was a native of Williamsport MD which is located just a few miles from Hagerstown. In the story, Adenhart’s mother talks about the fun her son had growing up watching the Suns play, the memorial foundation created in his honor, and keeping his legacy alive through contributions to youth baseball.
Houston Astros writer Alyson Footer who is a must follow on twitter @AlysonFooter has put up a great story on Delino Deshields Jr. The 2010 first round pick is currently hitting .222 with 13 Doubles, 2 Triples, 6 Home Runs, 42RBI’s, and has stolen 26 bases thus far for the Low-A Lexington Legends. In the story, Deshields talks about making the tough transition from the outfield in high school to second base in the pros, and being able to focus more on his hitting now that he is more comfortable in the infield. It’s a great read.
On the heels of trading Hunter Pence to the Phillies, the Houston Astros have reportedly called up top outfield prospect J.D. Martinez to replace him. The 23 year old is in the middle of a very solid year batting .340 with 25 Doubles, 13 Home Runs, and 71 RBI’s for the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks. Martinez was a breakout star in the South Atlantic League for the Lexington Legends in 2010 batting .362 with 31 Doubles and 15 Home Runs in 88 games before a mid season promotion to the Double-A Texas League where he hit .302 over the final 50 games of the season. Martinez was a 20th round pick of the Astros in the 2009 draft.