2007 ABL SEASON
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"Alaska League" | In a Nutshell
| Ballparks of the
Daily News-Miner •
ADN ABL -
NBC World Series //
Sports Illustrated |
Statistics • Personnel || Roster - Tim Gloyd •
Clarence Griego •
Shawn Epidendio //
Carson Andrew •
Josh Ashenbrenner •
Sean Bard •
Kevin Camacho • Forest Cannon •
Nick Ciolli •
Matt Dempsey •
Dustin Garneau •
Michael Guerrero •
Troy Hamilton • Brandon Harmon •
Jarred Holloway •
Richard Knutz • Jonathan Kountis •
Dylan Lightell •
Cameron Litzenberger •
Chris Lum • Paul Martin •
Patrick McClain •
Ryan Platt •
Dane Ponciano •
Brad Schwarzenbach •
• Chris Tremblay •
Chris Valencia •
Dakota Watts •
Brent Wyatt |
2007 Team Baseball Card Set
All-Time Roster • All-Time Lineups
9/16/7: Jonathan Kountis (07) Baseball America Prospects Plus:
Alaska League Top 10 Prospect "Alaska was short on power arms this season, but
Kountis was one of the few"
Nick Ciolli (07)
Indiana State baseball
player Nick Ciolli spent the summer working on his game in Alaska
“Right when you walk in, they have about a wall full of guys that
played pro off the team,” Ciolli noted. “You walk in there and they
expect 5.5 of us will go pro when you play for the Goldpanners,
which is pretty cool.” “I [fish] a lot,” Ciolli said. “A bunch of us
would go Arctic grayling fishing, pike fishing, all kinds. Our host
family would take us out on our off days, about once every two or
three weeks. Went to sightsee a couple times, saw moose and bear. It
was pretty cool.”
Martin's blast propels Goldpanners "I really enjoyed the team.
They played hard all the time,” said Gloyd, who plans on an encore
performance with the Panners next summer. “They’re a bunch of great
kids. Hopefully next year, we’ll have some of them back.”
MARATHON: Title chase is unclear when game is called in mid-17th
"After the game, Miners players pulled out folding chairs and sat
behind home plate to listen to the game. Several hundred fans stuck
around to listen from the bleachers. "
Die-hard fans support
the Goldpanners no matter what - "When
you’re a real Goldpanners supporter, it doesn’t matter if the team’s
doing hot or not. You show up anyway. You watch the game, you play
the kazoo, and you have a good time."
Kids are winners as
Panner split twinbill with Bucs “It was fun to have the kids
out,” said Cameron Litzenberger, who hurled a complete game five-hit
gem in the nightcap, then put ice bags on his right arm and shoulder
but said he could have thrown three or four more innings if needed.
“I’m glad we could put a show on for them.”
Pics by Todd Dennis
Panners top Glacier Pilots "Right fielder Chris
Valencia, who finished the game 5-for-5 and has now reached
base nine straight times, followed with a bloop to left
field, plating Dempsey to make it 4-3."
Paul Martin (07)
Martin homers as
Goldpanners continue winning ways “We battled
back the best that we could, but they kept on piling on runs there
at the end,” Pilots manager
Chris Jones (01)
said while sitting in his team’s nearly-empty dugout after the game.
“You’ve got to give them credit. We thought we were in control for
about five innings or so, and obviously, they didn’t fold or wilt.
They kept at it and came back and beat us pretty good.”
Home Run chase turns eyes to Fairbanks “Nobody in our organization had a harsh word
to say about Barry Bonds,” Dennis said. “He was exemplary and he was
just an average college kid. He had a tremendous sense of humor, too.”
Panners pull out win
Panners go extra for
another win The loss also dropped the Miners to 18-8 overall and
16-8 in the ABL, a full game behind the first-place Athletes in
Action Fire, whom the Miners face at 7 tonight at Growden.
Panners knock Miners
out of first place “I was just able to establish my fastball
tonight and make them hit my pitches,” said Harmon, who saw his ERA
drop to 2.84, second only to Ryan Platt among Alaska starters. “I
was able to let my defense work for me.”
7/15/7: Panners suffer
two ABL losses
3rd vs. Peninsula Oilers
Panner bats bark in win
Panners bounce back to knock off Bucs
6/28/7: Bullpen woes
continue for Panners "Shortstop Chris Tremblay scored both of
the Panners runs against the Bucs after going 1-for-3 with a walk.
Paul Martin was the only Panner with two hits as seven different
players collected hits against Lee."
6/27/7: Mat-Su Miners
rally to beat goldpanners
Fire Rally Upends
Panners "Schwarzenbach has two saves on the year and
hadn’t given up a run until Sunday’s game. “He’s been real good for
us,” Sean Bard said. “They hit some tough pitches.”
6/24/7: Yahoo Sports :
Bats at midnight "If you played at a college in California, you
wanted to play in Alaska," said Tim Gloyd, the Goldpanners' shortstop in
1978 and its first-year coach this year. "And you wanted to play for
Fairbanks. Because they're the ones who win." "It means more now
than ever," Bill Stroecker said. A smile curled across his face. He
adjusted his tie. He sat up a little straighter. "We've always known it
was something. Now the world knows."
Touching the Game: Alaska
Jim Carroll set to
Return to Fairbanks in 2007! “Last summer, we shot about 70
hours of great Alaska Baseball League action, plus numerous historical
interviews with the people who have been part of the ABL for years. Guys
like Red Boucher, Don Dennis, and Lefty Van Brunt, the stories have been
tremendous”, said Jim Carroll, the film’s co-producer. The crew
also plans to interview some of the many former ABL players who have
made it to the Major Leagues, and in some cases, the Hall of Fame. “Guys
like Seaver, Winfield, McGwire, Johnson, they all have stories to tell
about their summers in Alaska, we plan to interview as many as we can.”
their first setback “We lost that game in the first five innings. We
were not ready to play; we were very lackadaisical,” Panners manager Tim
Gloyd said. “We made three or four errors and even (starter Michael)
Guerrero didn’t seem (sharp). They were just out there. Maybe they were
thinking about tomorrow.”
: Pilots open season with loss |
College players begin migrating to Palmer diamond
6/5/7: Linda Douglass:
Replacing ping! with crack! for Alaskan summer "Basch,
a former Goldpanner who stayed in Alaska, said he enjoys the travel. “I
think it’s great that the kids get to see different parts of Alaska and
stay in some unique places. In Fairbanks, the (visiting) team stays in a
trailer park inside the stadium and in Kenai the visiting teams stay in
the local bingo hall,” he said. “Also, I enjoy seeing players’ first
impressions of Alaska when they arrive for the first time, because it
reminds me of what a unique place it is that we live.”
Is the Cape Just a “Show” League?
"Alaska Goldpanners GM Don Dennis thinks so." // Capeman - "I do
happen to think that the kids on the Cape lack some competitiveness
" // Andrew - "I’m not sure if the rivalry really translates well to
the CCBL" // Dave - "The “competitiveness” issue has been something
that I have wondered about for awhile.. there is a feeling that once
the all star game is over, many scouts leave the Cape, and after
that happens some players “desire” seems to wane."
Mitch Canham Interview "One thing I was interested in was
whether all the scouts and attention from professional clubs
affected the play. I had read in an
article at Codball.com
that some considered it a show league, and figured I’d get the
thoughts of a participant (Canham). He acknowledged there is
probably some self-promotion.. // "When I went to Alaska (another
summer league) I hit horrible up there, but I improved so much on my
catching because that’s what I was there to do was develop my
catching so that when I came back to Oregon State I’d be a solid
catcher for my team. I knew the hitting would come; I’m very
confident in my hitting abilities. Just making sure I had a strong
base in my catching was really important to me. Now I’m at the point
where I’m comfortable doing both. "
5/8/7: Gloyd to manage
5/7/7: Kevin Skogely ties UNLV record of 15-strikeouts, previously held
by Ryan Olson (99 - Now with Calgary Vipers of Northern League)
Vogel - 2005 Alaska Baseball League Player
of the Year - Added to 2007 roster!
4/23/7: Announcing our two newest directors:
Sean Timmons and Cliff
Lost From History - By Don Dennis "The Alaska League
is a term often referred to as a means of encompassing
baseball as it is known today in the 49th state. However, the words "Alaska League" are a bit of a misnomer. The best it
has ever been -- and that happens to be the era from 1998 to the present --
is a strong association of teams joining together to give the appearance of
a traditional league."
NBC might be able to add Alaska teams
Named Baseball America's Top 2006 Alaskan Prospect
Panners land pair on
ABL sqad - Beau Mills, Chris Kissock named to 2006 All-Alaska
ABL Baseball greats photo gallery
Sports Illustrated: ABL a Major
League Pipeline - "Before he was a New York Yankee,
Jason Giambi was
an Alaska Goldpanner in Fairbanks. He batted a team-high .377.
Sixteen years later, the All-Star slugger recalls the annual
Midnight Sun game held each summer solstice. The game begins at 10
p.m. and lasts past midnight, but has never used artificial lighting
in its 100-year history. “It was kind of tough to see for two
innings, but otherwise it was pretty cool to play in a game like
that,’’ said Giambi, then a freshman at Long Beach State."
Boston Red Sox manager
and Tim Wallach, who would go on to win three Golden Gloves
with the Montreal Expos, were assigned to run a clinic when
they played for the Goldpanners in 1978. “The second
day we got bored,’’ Francona said. “We went to McDonalds,
and the kids we were supposed to watch got into a rock
fight.’’ Francona, who guided the 2004 Boston Red Sox to
their first World Series title in 86 years, served out the
rest of the season as his star teammate’s chauffeur.
“Wallach was such a good player that my job was to make sure
he got to the ballpark,’’ Francona said. The following year,
Wallach won the Golden Spikes award for best college player
after leading Cal State-Fullerton to its first national
Tim Gloyd (78-07)
Named 2007 Skipper "The new skipper has
previous Alaska coaching experience in addition to his major role on the
Panners' 1978 championship team. Gloyd assisted Jim Gaddis with the
North Pole Nicks in 1987 when the Nicks won their only Alaska championship."
Tim Gloyd (78-07)
Beckons for Tim Gloyd "“He has the unique fit to work summer
baseball – Alaska League style,” Dennis
said in an e-mail. “The Alaska League is
no show league like the Cape Cod has
become. It is a down and dirty
competition among the cities, and the
players get infected with that.”
“I am extremely excited that Tim was
available to take the position. I
felt he was the right guy from the
moment the position opened.”
2006-07 AMATEUR NEWS
Phil Stephenson (80-81)
Bobo Brayton, Bob Moss, Jim Dietz
12/7/7: Allan Dykstra (05)
Named to 2007 Wallace Award Watch List - Rumblings of talk as a
1st Round draft pick
Named to NAIA preseason All-American Team
named ABCA's Region I Coach of the Year
9/6/7: George Horton (81-83)
UO Swinging a Big Bat "To land Horton, a two-time national coach
of the year whose Titans won the 2004 national championship, Oregon
guaranteed him an annual package of $400,000 -- a base salary of
$150,000 and another $250,000 in television and radio money and a
contract with Nike. With incentives, Horton could earn another
$285,000 a year, Kilkenny said. The incentives include $50,000 for a
College World Series appearance, $20,000 for a Pacific-10 Conference
title and other rewards for graduating players, producing
All-Americans or winning coach of the year honors. "
9/6/7: Ten minutes with
Steve Rodriguez (90) "When I was in the Big Leagues, I actually
had a very veteran group. We had Jose Canseco and Roger Clemens at
the Red Sox, and they really, really took care of the younger guys.
You never had to pay for anything, whether it was clothes or food.
Whatever it was, they took care of it. It was really great, and
that’s what I try to relay to our guys here — that you should never
feel a sense of entitlement because you’re older or have been here
longer. That’s actually the point when you show your leadership by
making the younger kids’ jobs easier."
Horton leaving CSF - Weathers (86-87-88), Vanderhook (81)
9/1/7: George Horton (81-83)
Ducks Head Coach "Horton
was also a five-time Big West Conference Coach of the Year, most
recently earning the hardware in 2006 on the heels of his third
50-win season at the Division I level. "
Clay Van Hook
Added to Texas Longhorns coaching staff! "Van Hook was a
three-year letterwinner at Texas, playing in 84 games, including 43
starts after transferring from Navarro College. He batted .266 with
21 runs, three doubles, 14 RBI and six stolen bases in 43 games
during the Longhorns' 2005 College World Series championship run."
Knickrehm looking forward to 2008 season "The Alaska Golpanners
baseball team wraps up their summer season Tuesday against the
Anchorage Bucks. The squad has had another successful season, even
without their long-time coaches Ed Cheff and Gus Knickrehm. Coach
Knickrehm said there are reasons the Warrior pair opted to stay in
the valley this summer."7/5/7: Phil Stephenson (80-81)
Phil Stephenson inducted into College Baseball
Hall of Fame "Granted, I did have a pretty
solid college career," he said. "I was fortunate
to stay healthy and have some tremendous
teammates. I was fortunate to be in the position
to put up the records that I did, and the ones
that I still hold ... you never want to say a
record is unbreakable, but I played in 288
games. The limit now is 56, and unless you play
in some exempt tournament, conference
tournament, regionals, super regionals and the
College World Series, it's going to be difficult
to play that many games. Even guys who stay all
four years may not start all four years."
7/3/7: Phil Stephenson (80-81)
To Be Inducted into College Baseball Hall of
Fame tomorrow (Along with '78 Panner split
squad head coach Chuck 'Bobo' Brayton)
6/28/7: Bill Mosiello (89)
Named Auburn Assistant Coach
Oregon State baseball is here to stay "Barney gives credit to
last year’s star juniors who went on to the pros — Dallas Buck,
Jonah Nickerson, Kevin Gunderson and others — for starting the
program’s rise. That group, along with coach Pat Casey, created a
winning attitude. Then they delivered. Once those players were done,
they passed the torch to Barney, Mitch Canham and Mike Lissman.
“Hopefully, it will keep going,” Barney said. “That blend of guys
made me come here. That’s what gives us our success. We build around
pitching, defense and depth. Depth is the main thing the Northwest
has over a lot of other clubs.” Those three leaders dragged
this team to the top. When the bottom was falling out during the
Pacific-10 Conference schedule, they carried the team and pushed on.
Lissman described Canham as the grumpy one, Barney the happy one and
himself the crazy one. The mix made the whole team go because
Arizona trip on horizon for Three Rivers club “We're trying to
showcase kids who have played for us and now are playing junior college
baseball,” said Jim Dietz, who coached the Sandblasters their first two
years before turning over the reins to Southwestern Oregon coach Corky
Franklin this summer. Dietz, who still has an active role in the team
but now is the commissioner for American Legion Zone 3, set up the trip.
“We're just hoping that this will benefit local kids and baseball in the
long run,” Dietz said.
NAIA Region IX Tournament In the first game of the day,
third-seeded Ohio Dominican University (40-12) got a dominating pitching
performance from Jonathan Kountis as the Panthers blanked second-seeded
Geneva (Pa.) College (29-20) 7-0 to hand the Golden Tornadoes their
first loss of the double elimination event. Kountis (9-2) was outstanding on the mound for Ohio Dominican as he
allowed just three hits while striking out 13 batters and issuing just
one walk in going all nine innings. He struck out the side in the first,
third, and fourth innings and at one point struck out seven straight
Mills Shatters NAIA HR
Record as LC Wins 15th Championship for Cheff
"I've never played with anyone like him - never ever seen anyone like
him," Miller said of Mills.
LC defeats Houston Baptist "four
strong innings of relief from
Will Morgan (06) put
the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team one win away from its second
consecutive national championship and the program’s 15th overall. HBU
did make it interesting in the ninth by putting a runner on second base
thanks to an error, but a great defensive play by LCSC third baseman
Beau Mills picked the
runner off on a grounder and Morgan picked up his fourth and final
strikeout of the night to end the game. "
Matt Fitts (05) |
Fitts hurls gem, Mills' 35th home run "Sophomore right-hander
Matt Fitts tossed a two-hitter and Beau Mills hit his 35th home run of
the season to help defending champion Lewis-Clark State College defeat
Spring Arbor 7-0 in the 51st annual Avista NAIA World Series on Monday
at LCSC's Harris Field. "
Northwoods League: Bullfrogs are ready to play ball, dude
makeup of the Green Bay Bullfrogs’ roster does more to expose manager
Elliott Strankman’s West Coast roots than his habitual use of “man” and
“dude” as punctuation."
two-hitter does the job
Sean Bard (07)
Bard enjoys big season at Mississippi Valley State "To say that
Cape Girardeau’s Sean Bard had an impressive rookie season in
Division I college baseball would not even come close to doing him
justice. Bard had a monster year for Mississippi Valley State,
leading the Delta Devils and ranking among the Southwestern Athletic
Conference leaders in most offensive statistical categories."
Shutout at tournament elimination game "Fresno City got a
similar performance Sunday morning from Michael Guerrero. The sophomore
from Fresno High pitched a four-hit shutout to eliminate NorCal rival
Sacramento City 3-0 and give Fresno City hope of continuing its run for
the title. "Mike saved his best for last," Rams pitching coach Eric
Solberg said. "It was a monumental effort."
5/28/7: Brandon Harmon (07)
WCC Honorable Mention
Allan Dykstra (05)
Named Second Team All-ACC
Occidental hits SCIAC triple "Occidental baseball capped
another season of improvement May 2 with three student-athletes earning
All-SCIAC recognition, the largest total since 1991. Placing three
players on the All-SCIAC team is a huge step forward for our program,"
offered second-year head coach
"We are moving closer to a mindset of winning rather than just
NAIA All-Region I Team. "Junior third baseman
was named the player of the year, while Warriors coach
Ed Cheff was
named the top coach. Joining Mills on the team were catcher
Jessie Mier (05-06),
shortstop Mark Thompson
(05-06), outfielders Paul
Martin (07R) and
Brent Wyatt (07) and pitchers
Chris Kissock (06),
and Matt Fitts
(05-07). Mills, who is being projected as a
first round pick in next month’s Major League draft by several draft
gurus, is hitting a team-best .462 on the season (98-of-212) with 106
RBI, 87 runs scored, and 21 doubles. He has 31 home runs, which is a
single-season record at LCSC, a slugging percentage of 1.000, and an
on-base percentage of .551. During the season, he was twice named the
Region’s Player of the Week, and also earned the NAIA National Player of
the Week honor.
5/15/7: Matt Rassmussen
Named to All Northwest Conference Team "Rasmussen batted .280 this
spring, while playing in 35 games (all starts). He scored 15 times,
recorded 16 RBIs and walked 16 times. He hit .296 against NWC opponents,
with 24 hits in 81 at bats. He ranked second on the team with 11
doubles, including nine in NWC action. He was the primary starter at
shortstop, where he registered 52 putouts and 102 assists."
Ryan Platt strikes out 18 "Pierce sophomore pitcher Ryan Platt
scattered four hits to go with the 18 strikeouts."
Joey Dunn (06)
Picture added to Scrapbook:
Husky catcher Joey Dunn, left, has a few words with
pitcher Brandon McKerney during Friday’s 6-2 win over OSU at Safeco
Mills ties two Lewis-Clark State baseball records
"Junior first baseman
tied two school records to help the Lewis-Clark State baseball team cap
its home portion of the regular season with a 15-3 victory over Linfield
College on Sunday in Lewiston. Mills, who is being projected as a
first-round draft pick in June's major league amateur draft, hit two
home runs and drove in eight runs. The eight RBIs ties a school record
for a game and his two home runs give him 30 on the season, which ties
the school record set by Jim O'Dell in 1983 when the Warriors played 76
games."5/5/7: Mills' 28th home run leads LCSC baseball in rout of BC - "Beau
Mills (05) hit his NAIA-leading 28th home run, a grand slam in
the third, and two Lewis-Clark State pitchers combined for the Warrior
baseball team's eighth shutout this season, a 13-0 rout of British
Columbia on Thursday in Lewiston.
Matt Fitts (05-07R) and
Joe Guntz combined for the four-hit shutout. In six innings, Fitts
struck out 12, the most by an LCSC pitcher this season."
Allan Dykstra (05)
on Brooks Wallace Award Revised Watch List
Van Hook (05)
On the Road with the Longhorns "Clay Van Hook here writing to y'all
about our weekend trip to Oklahoma. We flew in to Oklahoma City on
Thursday night before an hour-long bus ride to Stillwater. It wasn't all
that bad because we got to watch "Wedding Crashers" on the bus, which is
a pretty legit movie by the way."
Allan Dykstra (05)
Allan Dykstra (05)
Selected at Golden Spikes Award finalist
4/7/7: Phil Stephenson (80-81) ; Chuck "Bobo" Brayton
2007 Inductees to College Baseball Hall of Fame
Ties single game HR record with 3 ; halfway to season record
"That's just baseball," Mills
said. "Some nights you're on, some nights you're off."
(07R) - Added to 2007 roster
(07) - Added to 2007 roster
Player of the Week "Mills hit
.667 and drove in eight runs. He also tied a school record for the
second time this season by belting three home runs in one game. "
For Beavers, it’s Lissman’s time again “He’s a better defender now.
He’s a smarter player and he’s really cut down on his strikeouts. I
think he wants to be a leader and wants to do things right. ”I’m certainly happy with the progress he’s made on
and off the field.” It’s taken a lot of work. The way Lissman describes
his summer in the Alaska Baseball League, he must have been a complete
bore. “Some guys went up there to relax and enjoy the summer,” he said.
“I went up there to play left field every day.”
3/27/7: Brandon Godfrey (05)
Dirtbags’ comeback kid "In 2005, after playing nearly all summer in
the Alaska Summer League for the Alaska Goldpanners, Godfrey tore his
labrum. The injury came right before the team was set to go to the
National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., landing
Godfrey a ticket back to California instead of Kansas. “That year, our
team had the best record in the history of the Alaska League,” Godfrey
said. “So taking that into the NBC would have been nice but I wasn’t
able to go with them.”
Van Hook (05)
Teammates together in support of Clay and his mom "When Loyce
Van Hook got the diagnosis in December, one of her main concerns was her
son’s support system. "
Geoff Byrns (06)
Byrns making smooth transition from junior college to Division I
"Right now, however, Byrns is having too much fun. He credits this
past summer’s experience in the Alaska League with the Alaska
Goldpanners, as well as the increase in level of coaching between
junior college and Division I, as two reasons his adjustment has been,
to this point, fairly pain-free. “Only a handful of junior college guys
were up there and the guys we saw were from Arizona State, Stanford and
Nebraska,” Byrns said of the Alaska League. “That really prepared me for
this season and just built my confidence up a little bit knowing I could
play with these guys. The main reason you go to Division I is the good
coaching and we get a little bit better coaching up here, and that’s
prepared me to play in the outfield before.”
Stanford Senior pitcher
has left the team to focus on academics and prepare for graduate
school. Stimpson appeared in just one game out of the bullpen last
season surrendering four runs in 2/3 of an inning.
Elliot Strankman's Occidental
club defeated SDCC at their home opener
Baseball: Bullfrogs add first players to roster
"The Green Bay Bullfrogs announced the signing of the first two
players in team history — University of Washington pitcher
Tyler Cheney (06)
and Loyola Marymount pitcher
Kevin Hernandez (06).
Cheney and Hernandez played for
with the Alaska Goldpanners of the Alaska Baseball League last
Warriors' 2007 Outlook - Pretty Darn Good "This
is the best balance of speed and power we’ve had in a long time,”
Ed Cheff (02-03-04-05-06)
says. “I’m optimistic this will be one of our better offensive
teams.” That statement alone should send shivers through the rest
of the NAIA. "
1/6/7: Chris Fox
UCSB Gauchos Page
1/5/7: Geoff Byrns
Tech Red Raiders Page
Scout.com on Beau Mills: "What
would a Giants draft be without someone from Lewis & Clark? Mills
played in Alaska this summer, leading the league in homers, and will
transfer to L&C from Fresno
State. On the bad side, he has an injury history and academic
issues, but he’s a left handed power bat and is the of Red Sox coach
Brad Mills, so he has some Pedigree going for him."
MSG / SPECIAL
ALASKAN BASEBALL HISTORY IN PICS
Longtime Panner fan and supporter
Kathie Andresen 2/11/51-7/4/7
(pictured with daughter Katrina)
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Tom Seaver (64-65)
Midnight Sun Game Ends Dramatically with a Strikeout -
Tom Seaver (64-65)
vs. John Herbst (64)
Tom Seaver (64-65)
Added "Seaver set the standard for a generation" and
pictures from 1965 Midnight Sun Game
William G. Strocker
Distinguished UAF Almunus
Tom Seaver (64-65)
Vintage Seaver - "At 62, in jeans and work
shirt with pruning shears on his belt and a John
Deere backhoe in the tool shed, the Hall of Fame
pitcher has found peace and passion on Diamond
Mountain, 800 feet above the fertile Napa Valley
and its ever-expanding string of wineries, some
large and some small."
102 Years of Alaska Baseball History--The 2007 Midnight Sun Game
- FOXSports Blog
The Big City
Alaska Goldpanners vs. Anchorage
Glacier Pilots "July 13,
2006 Mulcahy Stadium, Anchorage, AK. "Mulcahy is home to the
two Anchorage ABL teams: the Galcier Pilots and the Bucs. I couldn't
really get a feel if there was a rivalry between the two clubs..
the general consensus is that people in Anchorage will root for both
teams but never for the Goldpanners"
In memory of Jane
1/17/7: Don Dennis:
- "Sourdough" is a Fairbanks and northern parts of Alaska, term of
endearment. It usually means you have lived in the State at least
30 years and have completed some bizarre rituals such as kissing a
Polar Bear, peeing in the Yukon River and so on.
received the moniker before he ever made his first visit to Alaska."
Sam" Dead at 74 Samuel Victor Suplizio died suddenly of
heart failure late Friday at his winter home in South Carolina. He
John Luther Adams:
USA Fellows - United States Artists - John Luther Adams has been
named one of the first
United States Artists Fellows,
among such distinguished musical company as Meredith Monk, Bill Frisell
and Ali Akbar Khan. JLA plans to use the time the
USA fellowship gives him to begin
Sila: The Breath of the World
– a major new project transforming weather and climate data from all
over the Earth into music and light.
John Luther Adams
In Tune With the Voices of the Midnight Sun
"When the next big earthquake hits,
John Luther Adams jokes, he’ll be running into the University of Alaska Museum
of the North while everyone else runs out. He won’t be able to resist
hearing music the quake generates in the provocative gallery he designed, The
Place Where You Go to Listen."
June 30, 1985 - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner "Dennis Family Goes Nuts
for the Panners"
| Organizational History|
H.A. 'Red' Boucher
Boucher, Dennis Span Panners' History
H.A. 'Red' Boucher founded the Goldpanners in 1960 under the sponsorship of his local sporting goods store. The team, then known as the Pan Alaska Goldpanners, joined the North of the Range League and used primarily local players but did have five young recruits from the University of Arizona.
Boucher, with a great assist from his wife Heida, virtually ran the club single-handedly from its inception through the first three seasons. But a big change came at the end of the '62 campaign when the Panners went to the
National Baseball Congress Tournament and astounded all by staying in the competition. The need for funds to maintain the stay, an eventual second place finish, led to the community involvement which was to spawn today's organization.
After founding the team, Boucher managed the club through
1969, but after the 1967 season he turned over all duties associated with the team to current general manager Don Dennis. Dennis, summoned by Boucher from a newspaper post in Pueblo, CO, has been the organization's administrative leader since November of that year. more...
FAIRBANKS HISTORY & ALASKAN-LEGACIES.COM
The Chena River Area was first inhabited by Anglo-Americans at the beginning of the 20th Century. The history of baseball in Fairbanks dates back to these early days of the town's founding.
In its very first year of existence as a temporary trading post, Fairbanks became a gold rush camp when the mineral was discovered by Felix Pedro. After the gold rush settled down, the Defense Department invested millions into the area during WWII. After the war, the discovery of oil in the North Slope brought a housing and building boom for Fairbanks.
The original trading camp has become a city teeming with activity. Throughout the century, a main source of entertainment for the inhabitants was baseball. Military and civilian teams were formed, and the
Midnight Sun Game tradition was celebrated during the entire century and beyond.
The Alaska Goldpanners evolved out of the intense competition being fielded in the Midnight Sun Baseball League. Immediately, the new club gained dominance in the local scene, and then very shortly thereafter the nation, becoming the national non-professional team in the early 1960s. Six NBC championships later, the Goldpanners have cemented the Fairbanks team as the most successful non-professional club in baseball history.
No other amateur team comes close to the nearly 200 players sent to the major leagues. Among these are three Hall of Famers, Barry Bonds, Dave Winfield, and Tom Seaver -- who holds the record for highest vote percentage in MLB Hall of Fame balloting history.
Goldpanners.com has teamed up with Alaskan-Legacies.com to tell more of this amazing town's story. Click here for the Fairbanks Community Profile
2007 PRO NEWS
Robinson (01-02 MVP)
NYTimes: MLB owes Barry Bonds an apology
12/20/7: Mike Cervanek (98)
Invited to Phil's spring training
winning side always seems to advocate moving
on, is always eager to leave the past
behind. I say not so fast. Baseball can’t
move on until it apologizes. Baseball,
specifically Bud Selig, owes Bonds an
Barry, for hanging you out to dry; for
allowing the news media and the public to
make you the vilified face of baseball’s
steroid era. Sorry for making it clear
during your home run chase that I would
rather be in a dentist’s chair having root
canal surgery than watching you break the
home run record.
looking on as you absorbed nasty fan
behavior and crude treatment from the news
media. Sorry for not being more forceful in
telling fans to reserve judgment, that the
steroid canyon was wide and deep. I spoke on
Friday with Selig in Milwaukee. He was in no
mood for apologies and refused to discuss
individual players. “I just think it’s
inappropriate for me to comment on anybody,”
Signed by Oakland A's - Possibility of 1999 Goldpanners
middle infield repeat -- with Panner teammate
Now Playing for
Elephants in Taiwan Professional Baseball League
Jose Cruz. Jr. (93)
Signed to MiLB contract with Houston ; Spring Training Invite
Harkey (86) Named Yankees Bullpen Coach
Sox's success can be traced to Francona
"Could it be that Terry Francona is the best manager in Red
Sox history? Seeing that he's the only living man to guide
the fabled franchise to one World Series championship -- let
alone two -- it is a debate worth having."
PROFESSIONALS : TRANSACTIONS
Tom Seaver (64-65)
Glavine Guided by Another Tom Terrific
Canada rebounds to thump Thailand 18-0 at Baseball World Cup
"Emerson Frostad hit two home runs, including a grand slam,
while Matt Rogelstad and Mike Saunders also went deep to
lead Canada in an 18-0, mercy-rule win over Thailand on
Thursday at the 37th Baseball World Cup."
ACTUAL 1964 JERSEY
Greg Dobbs (00)
Greg Dobbs (00)
life after M's not so bad “It was kind of a
rebirth for me,” Dobbs said. The Phillies made the playoffs
with a marvelous September run, and when they needed a win
on the final day of the regular season, they started
ex-Mariner Jamie Moyer on the mound – and Dobbs at third
base. For those who know or watched Dobbs work, it was one
of the feel-good stories of 2007. Off the field, it was even
better. He and Heidi now have a 10-month-old daughter.
Speaking from a California park, Dobbs was on a play date
with his daughter and a neighbor’s girl."
Jose Mota (84)
Royals promote Medina "The Kansas City Royals have
announced that Louie Medina has been promoted to Special
Assistant to the General Manager/Player Personnel "
Vote for Goldpanners up for Ford Frick award - Tom
Seaver, Rick Monday, Jose Mota, Joe Magrane
keeping Mills at third! ''We are committing to him as a third
baseman now,'' Mirabelli said. ''The only reason we moved him to
first base was because of his shoulder. But with his shoulder no
longer an issue, we like him more as a third baseman. He's playing
third base in the instructional league, and he's going to go into
next season with the game plan is he's going to play third base.''
Ryan Garko (00)
Blog by Ryan Garko
Jeroloman fuels romp "The 22-year-old catcher shattered his
previous career best of three RBIs, accomplished twice during the
regular season with Class A Advanced Dunedin. Selected by the Blue
Jays in the sixth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft,
Jeroloman batted .259 with three homers and 39 RBIs in 100 games in
the Florida State League."
10/3/7: Kris Medlen
Honolulu Sharks |
West Oahu CaneFires
Bid on a ball caught at Midnight Sun Game
Jason Lane (96-97)
Acquired by San Diego
"Before making the trade for Lane, Towers and manager Black spoke
with Ensberg, who gave a ringing endorsement, and not just because
he's good friends with Lane. "He's a guy who has been a foundation
of winning teams. He's won everywhere he's gone. I think it's
important to bring guys together who know how to win," Ensberg said.
"He's got a lot of ability and a lot of talent, and if he gets the
opportunity to play every day, he can put up some scary numbers."
SCL Most Valuable
Player "Winning the South Coast
League’s Most Outstanding Hitter award wasn’t enough for
as today the SCL is pleased to announce that the Macon Music first
baseman has also been named the 2007 SCL Most Valuable Player. "
Brendan Ryan (02)
Benched by LaRussa for swinging at a 3-0 pitch! "It's the big
leagues," La Russa said. "I sent a message right away, that's not
how we play. Not acceptable."
Named Most Outstanding Hitter of the South Coast League
MVP of the South Coast League
8/31/7: With two hits
Thursday, Mike Cervenak surpassed his career high for hits. His
International League-leading 155 hits are one better than his 2005
total with Fresno. Cervenak, 31, has accumulated 125 or more hits in
six of his last seven seasons. He doubled to plate a run in the
Tides’ three-run seventh after reaching in the sixth on an infield
single when he hit the ball hard enough to knock the glove off
Charlotte pitcher Heath Phillips. “I’m not sure that people look at
the number of hits as an important stat,” Cervenak said. “I think
they look at average, home runs and RBIs.” Cervenak leads the Tides
with 15 home runs and 77 RBIs.
SIGNED ZAK BASCH BASEBALL CARD UP FOR AUCTION!
8/28/7: Mike Cervanek (98)
Tides Lose, Season Over, September Callup Looms
"For 28 pitches, Tides relief
pitcher Jim Miller couldn't find the plate with a GPS system.
(Catcher Alberto) Castillo would call for a pitch inside and I’d
throw it outside,” Miller said. “He’d call for it outside and I
throw it up and in. I was aiming it. And I’ve never had both a third
baseman and first baseman visit me in the same inning. Terry Tiffee
came walking over from third and told me to just let them hit it –
maybe we’d get a double play. Mike Cervenak just walked up and said,
'Hey, I’m just here to get some rosin. Gotta go.’ They were trying
everything to calm me down.”
"Beau Mills hit his third double in 16 at-bats
since being promoted to Class A Kinston in the Indians' 3-0 loss to
Frederick. The Tribe's top Draft pick has hit .275 with 15 doubles
and six homers over 48 games at Class A Lake County and Kinston."
Brendan Ryan (02)
Ryan likely to stay in St. Louis for rest of 2007 "The utility
infielder, who was first called up from Triple-A Memphis in early
June, has gone back and forth between the two teams four times this
season. However, with Adam Kennedy (95) sidelined for the rest of
the season after undergoing knee surgery, and Ryan's consistent
production, he shouldn't have to worry about packing up for Memphis
any time soon. "
Mills promoted for third
time since signing "Former Lewis-Clark
State baseball star Beau Mills has been promoted to the Kinston
Indians of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League. "
Perez has led the International League in hits for much of the
season. But Norfolk’s Mike Cervenak (98) is closing in. Cervenak
went 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly Saturday night and has 138 hits
for the season. Perez went 0 for 4 and has 144 hits.
Signed by Oakland and called up to bigs within a week "DaVanon
was signed to a minor league contract on Aug. 10 after he was
released by Arizona on Aug. 3. He opened the season on the
Diamondbacks disabled list as he was recovering from surgery on his
left ankle that ended his 2006 season in August. " |
Watching Jeff DaVanon
"There is no quit in this kid."
8/17/7: Jason Giambi (90)
Hits two homers in win over Tigers
Maiques sets Swing saves record "Maiques, a 22-year-old
right-hander, allowed one hit and struck out two in 1 1/3 scoreless
innings to notch his 27th save, eclipsing the mark set by John Huey
of the Quad City Cubs in 1983."
Kennedy out for remainer of 2007 season
756 "I would like to offer my congratulations to Barry Bonds on
becoming baseball's career home run leader," Hank Aaron said. "It is
a great accomplishment which required skill, longevity and
755th Home Run to Tie Aaron "With his second-inning homer off
Padres right-hander Clay Hensley on Saturday at PETCO Park, Bonds
tied Aaron's cherished Major League Baseball career-best home run
mark, and after the next one, he will be all alone in first place on
the all-time list."
Braves acquire Royce Ring from Padres
Game Using Panners' 1964-70 uniforms
Johnny Pesky Manages
For Sale Here
Brendan Ryan (02)
Mailbag: Will Ryan start at short in '08?
BRENDAN RYAN (2002)
Broke his arm twice to help the Goldpanners win
state and national championships [over the p'y Pilots both times, no
Redbird rebounds following college "Redbirds shortstop Brendan
Ryan wasn't sure where his career was headed when he was dismissed
from the Lewis-Clark State baseball team for the fourth and final
time during the 2003 season. I figured I was gonna get a shot (at
playing pro ball)," Ryan said. "But I wondered, 'Am I gonna get
thrown into the 90th round because of a guy who has a personality
conflict with me?' Ryan's
relationship with longtime Lewis-Clark State coach Ed Cheff was a
tumultuous one. "Sometimes he didn't focus as much as I thought he
could as a student," Cheff said. "He's a bright guy. At that point
in his life, (school) wasn't as important as it should have been.
... He had some things he needed to get better at, and he actually
went out and did it." Ryan, whose time-keeping skills have
occasionally been an issue within the Cardinals organization, drew
headlines when he showed up late for a game in New York against the
Mets. It turned out that Ryan's cab driver had taken him to Yankee
Stadium instead of Shea Stadium. " (omg, too funny... did I
really just read this story?? Brendan Ryan: First Place:
Craziest Panner Ever [ask me about the "plate story"] .. First
Place: Best Cheff Impersonation (Coming on YouTube: 2008).
"Having found his (St.
had frozen his clothes, Ryan was struggling to thaw them out
— and blowing a fuse in manager Tony LaRussa’s office in the
process — when Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols pulled him
aside. “Albert went to the training room
and gave me a collared shirt,” Ryan said. “I was like, ‘Sweet!’ I
got some acceptance from Albert Pujols. Nice."
Ryan Garko (00)
"Clubhouse confidential: Clubhouse
attendant Frank Mancini was busy the past few days
facilitating gift exchanges between Indians first baseman
Ryan Garko and Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez.
Ramirez is one of Garko's favorite players. They met for the
first time earlier this season in Boston. When Garko
asked for a pair of Manny's custom-made batting gloves,
Ramirez instructed Mancini to "give him whatever you want."
Mancini took two pair - one used, one unused - back to Garko.
When Mancini gave Ramirez two of Garko's bats, Manny was
disappointed to see neither featured a signature. Garko was
stunned that Ramirez, an 11-time All-Star, would want them
signed by a still-unproven player. Garko, of course,
Lake County's Beau Mills, right, was congratulated by
teammate Matt McBride after Mills' two-run homer in the first
Photo by Mark Cornelison
Bonds hits 754th HR
"Bonds hit his 754th home run in the first inning Friday night
against the Florida Marlins, bringing him within one of Hank Aaron’s
Hall calls Mr. Padres, courtesy of Mr. Dietz "I don't know how
many major leaguers played for me," Dietz said, "but one thing I do
know is that every athlete that went on to be successful had a
strong family that supported the coaches and whatever they were
trying to do."
Mills Making the Adjustment
"You hear a lot of things about the day
in and day out grind," continues Mills. "People tell you that you
don't know because you never have experienced it. Once you walk
through it you feel your body going through it. And I think that
the biggest thing is that day to day coming out every day and having
to prepare yourself everyday. You can't take a day off unless it is
an off day. That's the big thing is if you take a day off it could
set you back for a long time. That's something I have curved my
whole life and now it is finally something that when I experience it
head on it is really tough but I can deal with it."
Coolbaugh was dedicated to baseball "He loved this game," said
Express second baseman
who played with Coolbaugh. "He just could not get enough of it. I
could go on and on about him. Bottom line, I'm going to think about
him the rest of my life."
Ryan Garko (00)
"Clubhouse confidential: Ryan Garko brought the latest, and last,
Harry Potter book into the Indians locker room before Monday's game
against Boston. "The guys were all getting on me," said Garko.
"Casey Blake was calling me a nerd." In 2005, when Garko was
at Class AAA Buffalo, teammate Mike Kinkade gave him the first six
Potter books. He was hooked. "I just want to see how it ends,"
said Garko. "I've been staying away from the TV, the Internet and
newspapers, so I don't see or read anything about it."
Mourning coaches and players wonder about safety
"Rangers third base coach Don Wakamatsu (84) turns sideways
and moves his feet as the ball's crossing home plate like an
infielder so he can react. But when a ball is screaming
right at you, all you can do "is hope and pray you make the
right decision to go one way or another,'' he said."
Jason Phillips (96)
ways with Phillips "That's baseball forever," said Gibbons.
"It's never easy telling guys that, never easy hearing it.''
defeats River Cats "Written beneath the bill of Marc Kaiser’s
hat are two reminders of what made him successful: his mother’s
initials and the words “Warrior Mentality.” Kaiser has been
inconsistent this season with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox but his
struggles pale when compared with the fate of his mother, Denise,
who is bedridden after battling brain cancer for 10 years. “I
think I found it tonight,” Kaiser said. “I’ve always been known as a
battler and a warrior. I just need to trust my stuff. I know I can
Tom Seaver (64-65)
The Best Game I Ever Saw "It was the
summer of '69, a crazy summer by any measure, and the Mets were
chasing the Chicago Cubs in a new thing called the Eastern Division
of the National League. July 9 was a Wednesday and the Mets had an
8:05 p.m. game against the Cubs at Shea. Tom Seaver was pitching for
us. So that evening I strolled to the tent we had in our backyard --
a Coleman that smelled of bug spray -- unzipped the door, climbed
into a sleeping bag in pajamas, and angled the transistor radio just
Rejuvenated Bonds hits 752 and 753 "At 753, suddenly Bonds is
now two homers away from tying Aaron's Major League Baseball
career-best 755 and three away from passing him into first place on
the all-time list."
Jeff DaVanon (92-94)
DaVanon Activated, Gets
Start “I know on this team I’m more of a setup guy than a
hit-the-long-ball kind of guy,” he said. “I try to take as many
pitches and get as deep in the counts as possible so that when I get
up here I can do the same things.”
Ryan Garko (00)
Garko's Heroics Saves Tribe "what
began as a night of rest for Garko turned into perhaps the first
baseman's finest hour in a big-league uniform, as the Indians
rallied past the White Sox, 6-5, in 11 innings at Jacobs Field."
Cervanek (98) on verge of big time "Further examination of
Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora's left foot today revealed
a Grade I sprain that kept him out of tonight's lineup and
likely will force him on the disabled list.. That
arrangement would enable the Orioles to perhaps bring up an
outfielder or a player such as J.R.House or Mike Cervenak
from Triple-A Norfolk who is best suited to be a designated
hitter and pinch hitter." (John Knott was recalled in this
pick settling into life as a professional "Sit down for
a chat with Beau Mills, and his smile is one of the first
things you notice. Mills smiles a lot."
Tom Seaver (64-65)
Seaver's 300th Victory (YouTube Video) |
Seaver on Kiner "I look at the back table," Seaver
laughed. "And there was Ralph Kiner and Ted Williams talking
and not paying one bit of attention to what I was saying.
And what do you think they were talking about? Hitting."
Conrad had a week to remember heading into the
all-star break. Not only did he lead the Pacific
Coast League with five doubles in five games and rank
second with a .542 on-base percentage while hitting
.450, Conrad and his wife, Jessie, welcomed their first
child, Jaxon, on the luckiest of days: July 7, 2007. "
Versatility a key for
Music's Robinson "“He
works hard, and that is what you have to do with this game,”
Plantier said. “He has come a long way in a short period of time. He
doesn’t belong here in the sense that he deserves the opportunity to
Brendan Ryan (02) had two hits Sunday to improve his average to .314
as a starter. "I wanted to prove to myself, to my teammates that I
belong at this level, that I can help," Ryan said. "I don't know how
long I'm going to be here, so I want to keep going. ... Every time
Tony comes by me I start holding my breath."
7/7/7: Brendan Ryan (02)
Debut of the half-year "The good news for Cardinals rookie
Brendan Ryan was, his first career home run was an extra-inning
game-winner against the Mets on June 26. The bad news was, the day
before, he'd tried to take a taxi to Shea Stadium -- and his cab
driver took him to Yankee Stadium instead. Eventually, he
finally got to the right park. But when he did, he discovered that
all the clothes hanging in his locker had been frozen by his
always-hospitable teammates. So he tried warming up his clothes with
a hair dryer -- and blew a circuit in the clubhouse, shorting out
all the power in the office of his friendly neighborhood manager,
Tony La Russa. All of which proves it's better to be a hot hitter
than a cool dresser."
Aspito (99) Signed by
Mills slams Hagerstown in Lake County Debut
(Goldpanners Pic!!) "With one out in the
third inning, Mills sent a drive over the
center-field fence to give the Captains a
5-0 lead. He went 2-for-5 with two runs
scored in his first game since being
promoted from Class A Mahoning Valley of the
New York-Penn League."
Jeff Davanon (92-94)
DaVanon is back with the Oaks
had some tools, but back then I was my own
worst enemy," DaVanon said. "If I did
anything wrong, I was too hard on myself and
I let it affect my game. I was able to get
over that, and everything kind of took off
6/28/7: Brendan Ryan (02)
hits first career home run "St.
Louis back-up shortstop Brendan Ryan, who is playing in place of the
injured David Eckstein, hit his first career home run off of
reliever Scott Schoenweis in the top of the 11th inning, lifting the
Cardinals (34-40) to a 5-3 win over New York (42-33). "I just
couldn't believe it really happened," Ryan said after going 3-for-4
with two runs scored and two RBIs. "I was just excited to come back
in and get some high-fives. That was pretty much the best moment of
my life right there."
6/28/7: Jessie Mier
Former IVC player Jessie Mier selected in MLB Draft "AT
LCSC, Opponents were just 18 of 35 in stolen base attempts against
him. He also hit .350, led the team in doubles with 26, tied for
second in home runs with seven and his 60 RBI was second best on the
squad behind Mills."
Warriors go in the Draft "I was happy," said Thompson. "Going in the
8th round is a big moment in my life and I'm really happy to just get
drafted and stuff like that. I don't have any special ties to Cleveland,
but Beau Mills is there. That's always a plus. Hopefully I can play with
Beau again. The Indian's organization is a good organization and I'm
happy to be there."
Giants pass on Mills, fanbase sighs
Mills family excited for rising son - "Manager Terry Francona (78)
is also part of that family. Francona, 48, and Mills, 50, were college
roommates at Arizona, teammates with the Expos in the early 1980s and
coached together when Francona managed the Phillies. "I'm
excited," Francona said. " I really hope it's before the first pitch, so
Millsy can be up there. That means he gets drafted in the first 16-17
picks. His stock really seems to be rising." Beau Mills was
drafted by the Red Sox in the 44th round in 2004, the same year they
took Francona's son, Nick. Both picks were ceremonial, although general
manager Theo Epstein has since needled his coaches that Beau was the one
who got away. "It was all in fun," Brad Mills said. "I remember Theo
said, `Why didn't you tell us he was that good?' I said, `Well, we said
he's a good ballplayer.' He said, `Yeah, but you didn't tell me he was
Round, 13th Overall - Cleveland
(05-06) 8th Round, 257th Overall - Cleveland
Chris Kissock (06) 9th Round, 293rd Overall - Philadelphia
Jessie Mier (05-06) 12th Round -
Will Morgan (06) 12th Round - Mets
Matt Fitts (05-07R) 15th Round, 471st Overall -
Matt Davis (signed) 30th Round,
928th Overall - Angels
Josh Blake (07) 35th Round, 1059th
Overall - Arizona
Clay Van Hook (05) 45th Round,
1332nd Overall - Seattle
Joe Ayers (05) 48th Round, 1398th
Overall - Arizona
Round, 13th Pick to Cleveland "Right when I found out about the
pick, I turned to my dad and said "I'm gonna be playing against you." /
Mills Set for Draft Party (Video)
Cleveland Indians, picking only once in the first 4 rounds due free
agent compensation rules this year, have drafted Lewis-Clark (Idaho)
State College third baseman/first baseman Beau Mills. Mills is a 20 year
old power hitting prospect that plays both first and third base.
Big Time Prospect: Beau Mills
"He's the best left-handed hitter I've ever been
associated with in terms of power and proficiency," said coach Ed Cheff,
who also coached Mills in the Alaska Baseball League, a summer league
for top college players. Mills credits time spent with his father and
Cheff for his improvement, as well."
Scout.com : Beau Mills "is surging up the first round of mock drafts
following a brilliant season at Lewis-Clark State College."
Brendan Ryan (02)
Ryan called up, hitless in first major league at-bat He was informed
that he'd gotten "the call" following Memphis' game on Friday.
"After the game, Anthony [Reyes] bought the spread and I was hanging out
enjoying a nice meal," Ryan said. "Hammer [manager Chris Maloney] called
me in and was like, 'I've got some bad news for you. We're not going to
have you around here anymore.'"
5/23/7: Scott Robinson
Steak moves to 5
Scott Robinson played his first game behind the plate this season,
starting the previous four games at first, and called a game which saw
starting pitcher Vern Sterry pitch six shutout innings with 5 Ks, and
reliever Drew Shetrone pitch three scoreless frames with six strikeouts.
But calling pitches is not the only hard part of moving behind the plate
for a game for Robinson. Robinson throws lefty when he plays first base,
but switches to throwing with his right arm when he’s behind the plate.
“Yeah, I think Phil doesn’t know which arm he wants me to warm up.”
Robinson said the plan is for him to catch about twice a week, but no
matter where he plays in the field, Robinson continues to rake, hitting
.550 so far. “I’m feeling great out there. It seems like every night one
guy gets a hit and it just snowballs.” When asked if he might try switch
hitting, Robinson said he didn’t think so. “I hit lefties better anyway,
so it doesn’t really make sense. I do golf righty, though.”
5/22/7: Scott Robinson
play leads to Macon sweep Robinson 3-for-5 ; Scott is set to
catch tonight, his pro debut as an ambidextrous player.
5/22/7: Added to
Outside the Lines:
Brett Andrade (03-04-05)
California Realty Ruby Hill "Ruby Hill is a highly
specialized real estate company dedicated to luxury properties in the
Livermore, Amador and San Ramon Valleys."
Giambi: Drugs did not make
Bonds a hitter "I know people have a tough time accepting it, but
what he's doing is unbelievable. And I don't care what people say —
nothing is going to give you that gift of hitting a baseball. If it were
that easy, how come you don't see anyone else doing what he has done?"
Jason builds mini-Yankee Stadium for kids "Bronx Bomber Jason Giambi
is helping to build a sports complex that a kid could only dream of - a
scaled-down version of Yankee Stadium in the California town where he
and late pitcher Corey Lidle played high-school baseball together."
Greg Sain (99-00)
Leaving the Diamond
"You were the best player on your high school team, maybe
even in the league, star player in college culminating in being drafted
by a major league team. Next thing you know you’re bouncing between
organizations, earning the dreaded title of an “organization” or
“4A”player” and then you’re finished with baseball in your mid-twenties
trying to figure out what to do with your life."
Tom Seaver (64-65)
Mets pitcher struggles in loss "A disarming smile appeared on
Tom Seaver's face, as he reached Jon Matlack and welcomed him to the
5/10/7: Brad E, Davis
Florida Marlins Promote Davis to AAA Albuquerque
"Still, it made the wake-up call from their
Chattanooga, Tenn., hotel at 5:45 a.m. and the 61/2-hour flight to
Albuquerque with a 31/2-hour layover in Atlanta worth it. “The
beginning of the day was a little tough, but then the adrenaline
Johnny Coit (04)
Coit signs with Frontier League River City Rascals "Former
Granite Hills High standout JOHNNY COIT, who started in centerfield for
three seasons at CSU Northridge, has signed a professional contract with
the River City Rascals of the Frontier League. Coit will return to
catcher with the independent league franchise, a position where he
earned All-Grossmont South League honors, helping Granite Hills to the
2002 Grossmont South League title."
Justin Fuller (05)
Little Leaguers celebrate opening day at the Diamond "How's it goin'
kids?' White asked the players in the beginning of a mini-pep talk.
"Fuller and I started out where you are," he told them, advising them to
work hard and not get discouraged."
Caleb Balbuena (97)
Mike Cervenak (98)
Q&A With Mike Cervenak (98) "Triple A Norfolk : Third baseman Mike
Cervenak (98) made a good impression on the Orioles in spring training,
and he's still getting noticed. Cervenak, who also plays first, hit
safely in eight of nine games during a recent hot stretch. Entering
yesterday, he was batting .327 with 33 hits and 19 runs in 26 games.
Cervenak finished last month tied for fourth in the league with 44 total
Hits 744th Home Run : Within 11 of the Hammer "Whether he's hitting
or he's walking, it still changes the game," winning pitcher Noah Lowry
Tseng Has Best Start of the Year
Free Passes on Rise as Bonds Heats Up "San Francisco Giants slugger
Barry Bonds is at it again, terrorizing the National League on his way to
breaking Hank Aaron's career home run record, and he's starting to pay the
price. Opponents, fearing the return of Bonds' home run prowess, have
stopped pitching to him."
Round Rock Express : Brooks Conrad (99-00) shelled out a career-high three
doubles, matching a franchise record.
4/30/7: San Diego Padres Recall Royce
Ring (00) from Portland -- The San
Diego Padres today recalled left-handed
pitcher Royce Ring from Triple-A
Portland and optioned left-hander Justin
Hampson to that same Portland club.
Royce Ring, 26, has posted a 1.32 ERA (2
ER/13.2 IP) in 11 relief appearances
with Portland this season. He has not
been scored upon in his past five games
with the Beavers (5.0 IP), including 1.1
innings yesterday at Tucson. A native of
La Mesa, Calif., who attended San Diego
State, Ring went a combined 0-2 with
3.47 ERA (9 ER/23.1 IP) in 26 Major
League games over parts of two seasons
with the New York Mets (2005-2006). He
was acquired by the Padres on Nov. 15,
2006 along with right-hander Heath Bell
in exchange for outfielder Ben Johnson
and right-handed pitcher Jon Adkins.
Ring made seven official Spring Training
appearances with the Padres before his
March 22 option to Portland. He was 1-0
with a 4.91 ERA (4 ER/7.1 IP).
MiLB 2007 Draft Report: Brad Mills "he hit 14 homers and hit .355 in
2006 and was even better with Lewis-Clark State this year. In a class
short on impact college bats, Mills has only helped his draft status.
it's easy to tell the younger Mills grew up around the game. He plays
the game the right way."
Emerson Frostad (03)
Frostad off to fast start in Frisco "Frostad’s
numbers last year at Bakersfield – a .320 batting average and 30 doubles
– also told the Rangers that he was ready for Double-A pitching. So
Frostad is playing yet another position."
Joined Colliers International as an associate in the Seattle corporate
services team of Peter Truex and John Peterson. Kasser is a 2006
graduate of the University of Washington.
Jason Lane (96-97)
Run lifts Astros over Reds
4/13/7: 2002 Alaska Goldpanners NBC Tournament MVP
infielder Blake Gill
has announced his intention to voluntarily retire. Gill played in 81
games with the Joliet JackHammers in 2006, mostly at second base and hit
.298 with four home runs and 39 RBI.
4/2/7: Goldpanners on MLB Opening Day Rosters
3/30/7: Switching teams: Brett Andrade, Ricky Fairchild,
Trevor Mortensen, Marc Tugwell, Paul Keck.
Andy Young’s journey from line drives to literature "Young was
always involved in some way with the sport, even back in college when
he’d announce the games for the radio, maybe write them up for the
college paper. He says his love extended to realizing that he wasn’t
good enough to play baseball later in life, but he figured he could
still be a part of the game."
Ryan Garko (00)
Makes Cleveland's Opening Day Roster "Cancel that next meeting of
the Hyperventilate About Ryan Garko Support Group. Garkniks can
rest easy: He will be in the Indians' dugout on opening day.
The Tribe made its final cuts of spring training Wednesday, and Garko
Jason Lane (96-97)
Continues hot hitting for Astros "Jason Lane doesn't know where
he'll be when camp breaks in less than two weeks, but he hopes his
Spring Training performance is enough to convince the Astros to give him
a spot on the Opening Day roster. His performance on Monday certainly
didn't hurt his case."
Brendan Ryan (02) shows he can have a future in the Majors Tony La
Russa said, "He has shown big league ability. He now has to show major
Sung-Wei Tseng (05)
Minor leaguers make
major impression "Sung-Wei Tseng, 22, the Taiwan Amateur Pitcher of
the Year in 2006, looked very good. He has a good fastball and sharp
slider. He also has a little hesitation at the top of his delivery ...
nothing like the extended stretch of Japan's Hideo Nomo, however. He
likely uses it as a timing mechanism"
Big leaguer Gassner puts on clinic in his hometown
1/21/7: Bobby Crosby (99)
Should be Ready for Opening Day - Crosby (back) has started to
work out and should be healthy by Opening Day. "He said he was
feeling pretty good," manager Bob Geren said of Crosby. "He'd just
started doing baseball movements, and everything was fine. I can't
say for sure that he'll be 100 percent right away because I haven't
spoken to him recently, but I expect him to be ready by Opening Day
Invited to Florida Marlins' spring training camp
Greg Dobbs (00)
Who is Greg
Dobbs? Why Did the Phillies Grab Him?
Lissman focused on just one goal
(2004) "When out on the grass, Lissman shares the outfield with
and sophomore Jacoby Ellsbury. The three have recently become
familiar with the reputation of being the "middle of nowhere
outfield" as they come from small towns in Oregon. Mathews hails
from John Day, Ellsbury is from Madras and Lissman is from Ontario.
With the total population of the three towns combined equaling
17,899, it solidifies the bond the three share and the camaraderie
of the team. Not to mention that Mathews also played a role in
Lissman's decision to go to Oregon State."
1/19/7: "As expected, infielder
Greg Dobbs (00)
was placed on waivers by the Mariners, who were faced with a need to
create a spot on the 40-man roster.
Philadelphia claimed Greg off waivers from Seattle."
Sung-Wei Tseng (05)
Indians sign Taiwanese right-handed pitcher Sung-Wei
Ryan Garko (00)
Why not give Garko a shot? "I can't say I agree with the way the
Indians are handling this situation. It seems to me they are
discouraging a promising young player in Garko and perhaps overly
encouraging an equally promising young player in Marte. "
1/8/7: Marc Kaiser (02)
Marc Kaiser and a trip to Corpus Christi