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Toolshed: Recent noteworthy FSL seasons

Isabel's homer record, Moore's big K year stood out in 2010s
September 8, 2020

This space started honoring the short-season leagues after their respective campaigns were delayed in June. Now, following the cancellation of all Minor League Baseball in 2020, we're turning it into an appreciation of the full-season circuits as well. So Toolshed is revisiting the 10 most notable individual seasons put together

Florida State League Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2020

July 22, 2020

July 22, 2020 Vero Beach, Florida — Florida State League President, Terry Reynolds, has announced the 2020 inductee class for enshrinement into the Florida State League Hall of Fame. “Our 2020 class is one of the most decorated in our Hall of Fame history. The class includes one former and

2020 Minor League Baseball season shelved

June 30, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Major League Baseball™ (MLB™) has informed Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) that it will not be providing its affiliated Minor League teams with players for the 2020 season. As a result, there will not be a Minor League Baseball season in 2020. "These are unprecedented times for

Did you know? Florida State League edition

Unique facts for each of the Class A Advanced circuit's 12 clubs
June 23, 2020

When it comes to size, scope and longevity, few, if any, sporting bodies can rival Minor League Baseball. With 160 teams in nearly as many markets, there are innumerable nooks and crannies to explore. This marks the eighth installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,

FSL announces Covid-19 relief efforts in all cities

June 9, 2020

Today the Florida State League announced that all its member teams will be participating in a League wide effort to support Covid-19 relief. The 12 teams have partnered with LiveSource to set up an auction site that will make bidding for auction items a simple and efficient process. The collectible

Mussels come up mighty during COVID-19 testing

FSL club serves lunch to state workers, provides food for charities
June 5, 2020

FORT MYERS, Florida -- Things were finally starting to get back to a semblance of normal for general manager Judd Loveland and employees of the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels. After a month of working from home due to the statewide shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic, Loveland began going back into

Florida State League All-Star Game cancelled

League president cites safety of fans, players, staff in decision
May 4, 2020

The Florida State League announced today that the 2020 Florida State League All-Star Game, hosted by the Daytona Tortugas and scheduled for June 23 at Historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

A message from Pat O'Conner

MiLB president/CEO: Season will start when experts say it's safe
March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020Dear Minor League Baseball Fans,As you may be aware, with the closure of Spring Training camps in Arizona and Florida in response to the coronavirus outbreak across the country, the Minor League Baseball season will not start on April 9 as planned.

Florida State League statement on coronavirus outbreak

Reynolds says circuit is 'following the guidelines' from MiLB
March 13, 2020

Florida State League President Terry Reynolds said "The FSL will be following the guidelines as outlined in the statement issued by MiLB and as we receive additional guidance we will provide it to our fans."

Florida State League Hall of Fame Event and Fall Meetings coming to Jupiter in October

Palm Beach, Jupiter to host 2020 meetings, HOF dinner
March 10, 2020

The Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals will serve as hosts for the 2020 Florida State League Fall Meetings & Hall of Fame Dinner. This will be the first time West Palm Beach hosts the distinguished meetings after Clearwater served as the hosting site since 2015.The League Fall Meetings will

Florida State League launches new logo

December 5, 2019

Clearwater, Fla. -- On Thursday, the Florida State League released a new look for the circuit as it enters its 101st year.The new Florida State League logo features a baseball sunburst over a silhouette of the Sunshine State in colors that are frequently associated with Florida and was created by

Miracle morph into the Mighty Mussels

New Fort Myers name, logos revolve around brawny bivalves
December 3, 2019

After 28 seasons as the Miracle, Fort Myers' Florida State League team is coming out of its shell. The Mighty Mussels have washed ashore. The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels name was unveiled to the public during a ballpark news conference Tuesday morning, alongside a logo set featuring the titular brawny bivalves

Twins' Costello found dead in New Zealand

Infield prospect was set to play in Australian Baseball League
November 18, 2019

Minnesota Twins infield prospect Ryan Costello died overnight in Auckland, New Zealand, his Australian Baseball League team announced early Monday. He was 23.

Reynolds named FSL President

September 30, 2019

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Florida State League today announced longtime baseball executive Terry Reynolds will become the league's new president on Jan. 1, 2020. Reynolds will take over for retiring league president Ken Carson, who ran the league for the past five seasons.Reynolds, who has served as special assistant to

Larnach caps season with Twins' honor

No. 78 overall prospect starred at two levels in first full season
September 29, 2019

Trevor Larnach burned his way through two Minor League levels in his first full professional season, capturing midseason and end-of-season All-Star recognition as well as the Florida State League's MVP award. With the campaign in the books, he added to his haul Sunday.The Twins named's No. 78 overall prospect their 2019

FSL announces 2019 executive awards

September 24, 2019

CLEARWATER, Florida -- Florida State League President Ken Carson and the FSL Awards Committee today announced the winners of the 2019 Florida State League Annual Awards.CHUCK MURPHY EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR: Andrew Seymour, General Manager of the Palm Beach Cardinals, has been named the Executive of the Year Award winner

FSL cancels weekend series, 2019 playoffs

August 29, 2019

Florida State League President Ken Carson announced today that the Florida State League final weekend series and postseason will be canceled because of the threat of Hurricane Dorian's potential impact."This was a tough decision to make," said Carson. "The safety of our players, staff, umpires and fans are top priority

Larnach, Romero grab top FSL awards

Miracle slugger, Crabs righty lead end-of-season All-Stars
August 29, 2019

The Florida State League may be known as a pitchers' league, but the biggest names on this year's list of honorees are reserved for those on the hitting side.Twins outfielder Trevor Larnach (Fort Myers) and Rays right-hander Tommy Romero (Charlotte) were named Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, as

Balazovic puts up five zeros for Miracle

Twins No. 4 prospect takes no-no into fifth, strikes out nine
August 28, 2019

Jordan Balazovic put an exclamation point on a breakout regular season.The fourth-ranked Twins prospect gave up two hits and struck out nine over five scoreless innings Wednesday, but Class A Advanced Fort Myers dropped a 2-1 decision to Dunedin in the first game of a doubleheader at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium.

Orimoloye Shell-Shocks the Tortugas with Two Home Runs in Win and Jimenez Records Second Save

Orimoloye accounts for four of five RBI in the game
August 21, 2019

Clearwater- Maximo Castillo had a strong beginning to the game allowing just two hits through the first two innings. The offense helped out in a big way with a Reggie Pruitt double to begin the game. A walk by Ryan Noda set the table for Demi Orimoloye. For the second

Late comeback falls short in 7-5 loss to Miracle

Franco reaches base four times in defeat
August 21, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 21, 2019) - Wander Franco reached base four times and the Stone Crabs mounted a late comeback, but the Fort Myers Miracle held on for a 7-5 win at Hammond Stadium.With Charlotte (77-50, 42-19) trailing 7-3 entering the ninth inning, Zac Law singled to start the

Marauders' Swaggerty goes deep twice

Pirates No. 4 prospect records first career multi-homer game
August 17, 2019

Travis Swaggerty is having the best month of his career. The latest proof -- his first multi-homer game as a pro, which pushed Class A Advanced Bradenton past Lakeland, 3-2, on Saturday night at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium -- was the most emphatic power surge he's displayed since

Crabs' Franco posts season-high four hits

Top overall prospect sprays four singles, scores three times
August 11, 2019

The top of the lineup was menacing for the Stone Crabs on Sunday afternoon, and Wander Franco was in the center of it's top overall prospect notched his first four-hit game of the season and scored three times as Class A Advanced Charlotte romped past Tampa, 9-0, at George

Jays' Woods Richardson makes new home

Hurler becomes No. 7 Toronto prospect after Stroman trade
August 8, 2019

Simeon Woods Richardson was in the car with his parents on the way to report to the Mets' Class A Advanced affiliate in Port St. Lucie -- ready for his promotion to the Florida State League -- when he got word from his agent that he should stay close to

Rays' Ryan notches career-high 13 K's

Tampa Bay's No. 16 prospect tosses seven one-hit frames
August 7, 2019

Joe Ryan wasn't just good on Wednesday afternoon. He was close to being perfect.The Rays' No. 16 prospect struck out a career-high 13 batters and allowed just one hit over seven innings before Class A Advanced Charlotte bested Bradenton, 2-0, in the eighth frame of a seven-inning game at Charlotte