Great story by Bill Geist of CBS Sunday Morning, who you can follow on twitter @billgeistone, on the host families of the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Tampa Bay Rays Short-A New York Penn League affiliate. The story focuses on the role that host families have on young players, essentially becoming a second set of parents for players, many of whom are away from home for the first time in their lives. Jane and Al Stewart who are among the pair of host parents featured in the story, once served as hosts for Josh Hamilton, Evan Longoria and Ryan Dempster during their time in the low minors. It’s a great video and gives an inside look at minor league baseball life off the field.
The Vermont Lake Monsters, Short-A New York-Penn League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics have an extra man in the dugout. That man would be the interpreter for Taiwanese prospect Chih Fang Pan. The outfielder had a solid season for the Lake Monsters batting .336 with 4 Doubles, 1 Home Run, and 22 RBI’s in 37 games. The video below gives a look at the important role Pan’s interpreter plays for both Pan and his Lake Monster teammates.
At age 17 Cleveland Indians 2011 first round pick Francisco Lindor is getting an early start on his pro career. The former AFLAC All American Game Home Run Derby champion made his professional debut on Sunday going 1-3 and helping turn a pair of double plays. He also became the youngest player ever to take the field for the Indians affiliate Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the Short-A New York Penn League. In the story Lindor talks about weighing the decision whether to turn pro or honor his commitment to Florida State, being happy to be back on the field after a summer off, and moving from Puerto Rico to Florida at age 13 to learn better English and improve his skills as a ballplayer.
Tribe’s top pick makes Scrappers debut — TribToday.com
The SNY Network will air a documentary on the New York Mets Short-A New York Penn League team the Brooklyn Cyclones on Wednesday. The film offers a look at the inner workings of the franchise, its players, and documents the rehab visit of Mets star Jose Reyes. You can watch the trailer below. The SNY network is available on Direct TV channel 639 and on AT&T U-Verse channel 704.
From the time his career began as a prospect with the Baltimore Orioles to his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers in 1996 and continuing through the remainder of his six year major league career that included stops with the Cincinnati Reds and the Colorado Rockies, Kimera Bartee was always a student of the game. That attention to detail has served him well as the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates Short-A affiliate the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League. In the story Batree talks about being the rare manager who prefers to coach at first base rather than third, teaching the finer points of baserunning to his players, and having had the opportunity to learn from some of baseball’s best base runners during his playing days.
Life on the run — CentreDaily.com
Players and coaches on the Williamsport Crosscutters, the New York-Penn League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies are lucky to be alive after a major bus crash Tuesday night on Staten Island. The bus was traveling to the team hotel when the bus collided with an SUV and then crashed through a guard rail on an overpass above the Staten Island Expressway. The bus came within a few feet of falling onto the expressway below. Complete coverage of the crash is found in the story below.
Wednesday marks what would have been Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday. To celebrate, the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League will be wearing special jerseys with LuciDesi and two pictures of Ball and Desi Arnaz on the front. The back of the jersey contains an artist’s rendition of Ball’s face. The story link contains a picture of the jersey and comments from Lou Deppes the president of the Lucy-Desi Center who will benefit from a post game jersey auction.
Jammers Love Lucy — Post-Journal.com
North Carolina A&T journalism major Tirelle Daye recently sat down with Oakland Athletics 2011 Draft 12 Round pick Xavier Macklin for an interview at the college’s television studio. Macklin is currently posting a .264 average with 6 Doubles, 1 Triple, and 9 RBI’s for Oakland’s Short-A New York Penn League affiliate the Vermont Lake Monsters. In the interview Macklin talks about being drafted, playing at NC A&T, and his baseball upbringing.