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MiLB teams kick off 'Hope At Bat' campaign

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Minor League teams combined for 4,012 at-bats in 60 games on Thursday, generating a donation of $4,012 from Minor League Baseball to kick off the American Cancer Society’s “Hope At Bat” campaign. The “Hope At Bat” campaign -- a fundraising and awareness effort to support cancer research -- officially launched

Prospect Q&A: Tigers right-hander Madden

Detroit’s No. 5 prospect discusses pro routines, adding a cutter
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Ty Madden’s slide in last year’s Draft seems to have been a boon for the Tigers. Detroit’s fifth-ranked prospect was viewed as a top-10 Draft talent by MLB Pipeline after posting a 2.59 ERA over his college career at the University of Texas, but he slid to the competitive balance

Podcast: San Jose brews up Beer Batters

San Jose's Alongi tells story of club's Beer Batters identity
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Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Stitcher and other

Pensacola, Tulsa, Lynchburg, Myrtle Beach make playoffs

Pensacola, Tulsa, Lynchburg, Myrtle Beach all postseason-bound
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June 23

Around the Minors: The week of June 20

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
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June 23

Sea Dogs usher radiates joy while on the job

Jimmy Knowlen, 87, is a hard-working Hadlock Field fixture
June 23, 2022

PORTLAND, Maine -- Jimmy Knowlen is in his element. The 87-year-old Portland Sea Dogs usher, perhaps the most popular man at Hadlock Field, is standing in the aisle overlooking section 103. He’s decked out in a crisp pair of khakis and a neon yellow shirt denoting his status as a

Hartford event celebrates HBCUs, Negro Leagues

Double-A Hartford hosts three-day ‘leveling the playing field’ event
June 22, 2022

While the Hartford Yard Goats were hosting the Akron RubberDucks at Dunkin’ Donuts Park last week, staffer Tiffany Young was spending time away from the stadium, educating the community on institutions that have been essential to the Black experience and history.

Ship to stadium: Fisher Cats fly well-traveled flag

Groundskeeper Georgiadis treasures keepsake from USS Iwo Jima
June 22, 2022

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- After graduating high school, Mike Georgiadis joined the Navy and traveled the world. After leaving the Navy, he became a groundskeeper and traveled all over the country. Throughout these global and domestic journeys, there’s been one constant: a unique and personally meaningful American flag. Georgiadis, currently the

Road to The Show™: Mets powerful catcher Álvarez

No. 7 overall prospect pushing toward Majors with prolific power
June 21, 2022

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at top Mets prospect Francisco Álvarez. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. There has been a wealth of catching talent at

Aberdeen arms combine to toss no-hitter

Van Loon, Lloyd, Moore team up to shut down Jersey Shore
June 18, 2022

High-A Aberdeen had already clinched the South Atlantic League North Division first-half title, but that didn’t stop them from pressing down the gas and making some more history. Three IronBirds pitchers -- Peter Van Loon, Daniel Lloyd and Xavier Moore -- combined to toss a no-hitter in the Orioles affiliate’s

Morissette's swing? He gets it from his mom

Marlins' No. 15 prospect drills three homers for Sky Carp
June 18, 2022

A mother's touch can make everything better. Many baseball players credit their fathers for their smooth swing, but Miami's No. 15 prospect Cody Morissette says that he inherited his skills from his mom. "My mom, she might have the best swing in the family," Morissette said. "I've seen videos of

Portland's Slugger the Sea Dog, a mascot with zest 

Relentless canine with a resting frown brings joy with flips and skits
June 17, 2022

PORTLAND, Maine -- Slugger’s face is set in a permanent scowl, a countenance his spokesperson refers to as a “resting frown.” But don’t let that fixed expression fool you, as the Portland Sea Dogs’ resident anthropomorphic seal is one of the most exuberant and boundary-pushing mascots in Minor League Baseball.

Around the Minors: The week of June 13-19

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
June 20, 2022

June 19

Podcast: A bear walks into an Asheville park

Asheville exec Martin discusses recent bear visitor inside ballpark
June 17, 2022

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Stitcher and other

Missions pitch in to support Uvalde community

Game-worn high school jerseys auctioned for families of tragedy
June 17, 2022

Last month's shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that took the lives of 19 students and two teachers shook the United States to its core. Yet a byproduct of evil inevitably leads to an outpouring of love, support and kindness -- all needed to begin the healing. Sports,

Great Lakes' De Jesus hits for the cycle

Dodgers prospect completes feat he just missed out last season
June 17, 2022

On Sept. 5, 2021, Alex De Jesus finished a triple shy of the cycle. Then with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, the Dodgers infield prospect wound up on third base for what was ruled a double with an error that allowed him to advance. He finished the game with a homer, two

Prospect Q&A: Guardians breakout catcher Naylor

2018 first-rounder on finding consistency in turnaround season
June 16, 2022

In his second season with Double-A Akron, Bo Naylor seems to have turned a corner. The Guardians’ No. 15 prospect has shown a vast improvement in just about every aspect of his offensive game while remaining a terrific contributor behind the plate and working with one of the better rotations

Valdez clubs trifecta for Space Cowboys

Astros infield prospect third player in club history to achieve feat
June 16, 2022

Enmanuel Valdez has been with Triple-A Sugar Land for exactly one week, but he's already established a reputation in his new clubhouse -- and a legendary one at that. After notching a multihomer game in his debut, the Astros infield prospect clubbed three home runs for the first time in

Trio spins Palm Beach's first no-hitter since 2012

Cards No. 11 prospect Hence sets tone with three perfect frames
June 15, 2022

After a tough May, Single-A Palm Beach is turning things around in June, going 7-3 to start the month. And on Wednesday, the club was given the perfect opportunity to recognize their efforts -- a no-hitter. Cardinals prospects Tink Hence, Jose Moreno and Roy Garcia combined for Palm Beach's first

Batter up: Chicken Tenders take the field

Manchester team celebrates its city's claim to culinary fame
June 15, 2022

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Regional food-based alternate identities have been a popular trend in Minor League Baseball for years, but until this season the New Hampshire Fisher Cats had been on the outside looking in. “We hadn’t done any [food promotions]. We were asking ourselves, ‘What is New Hampshire?’” said Fisher