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11/1/6: The "Alaska Baseball League" in a Nutshell

10/29/6: Not 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."

9/24/6: NBC might be able to add Alaska teams
9/3/6: Beau Mills (06) Named Baseball America's Top 2006 Alaskan Prospect

8/13/6: NBC Can't Stand Still -- The tournament's success for the past 44 years -- since the Fairbanks Goldpanners finished second to the Wichita Rapid Transit Dreamliners in the 1962 World Series -- has been directly tied to Alaska.

But the only Alaska representative in this year's tournament, Kenai, finished 2-2 and never made it to the main stage.

Because of budget limitations in the Alaska League, Kenai was the only team from that league to play in this year's World Series. No Fairbanks, no Anchorage Glacier Pilots.

Alaska teams have won 16 championships since 1969 and finished second another 13 times. They have produced a long list of players who went on to become standouts in the big leagues.

The NBC has to find a way to keep Alaska involved and, hopefully, with more than one representative.

8/5/6: Mark Thompson Oilers stave off elimination - "Oilers leadoff batter Mark Thompson, a pre-tournament addition from the Fairbanks Goldpanners, continued his effective play. After reaching base in each of his five plate appearances in the opener, Thompson was on base four more times against Beatrice. That included his triple to start the game."

8/1/6: Panners land pair on ABL sqad - Beau Mills, Chris Kissock named to 2006 All-Alaska Team
7/31/6: Panners beaten in finale - The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks final game of the summer was a mirror image of the entire season. The Panners got off to a fast start, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but let the lead slip away due to some shabby fielding and the Mat-Su Miners rallied to claim a 5-3 victory on Saturday evening at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.
7/29/6: Panners win series finale
7/28/6: Panners rally to edge Pilots
7/27/6: Pilots hold off Panners' charge
6//22/6: ABL Baseball greats photo gallery

6/19/6: 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 Terry Francona 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 championship."

July 12: Panners beaten by Pilots - "Anchorage's Lucas Waters clubbed a two-run homer to cap the rally ad provide the winning margin. Morgan was tagged with the loss even though Bird game up the game-winning home run. The Panners managed seven hits in the game, led by Chris Fox, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one run batted in. Chu Yuan-Chin was 1-for-2 and drove in a pair of runs."


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7/12/6: 2006: Sean Timmons (94-98-99-00-01-02-03-04-05-06) Sean Timmons sets strikeout record in Panners win "Timmons caught Fire left fielder Steve Shaver looking at a pitch on the outside part of the plate at Growden Memorial Park to tally his 274th career strikeout, passing Brent Strom on the all-time list. “Ten years to do it,” said Timmons who first toed the rubber for the Panners in 1994 and is pitching in his 10th season. “It’s nice. It wasn’t pretty, but hey I got it done. I don’t gotta worry about it anymore.”

7/11/6: July 10, vs AIA: Mills’ homer propels Goldpanners - "With the score knotted at zero in the third inning, Mills stepped up to the plate with bases loaded and sent a 2-1 offering high over the right field wall for the Panners' first slam of the summer. "Getting four runs up on the board, I mean, that helps out any team and that's what I'm here to do," said Mills. The slam was a league leading sixth home run for Mills, who had two grand slams earlier this year as a freshman at Fresno State."

Pictures by E. Chilton Hines





Record-Setting Night

7/10/6: Panner bats too much for Fire "It’s nice seeing our team come together like it is,” said Panners designated hitter Beau Mills, who drove in two of the Panners runs. “It’s nice, you know, going through a little struggle and seeing the team come together and gel together.”
7/7/6: Hernandez sharp as Panners top Bucs -
Kevin Hernandez’s right arm did most of the work Thursday night at Growden Memorial Park, but his legs assured the Alaska Goldpanners of a 3-1 victory over the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska Baseball League game. With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, Bucs left fielder Chris Raber grounded Hernandez’s full-count pitch toward Goldpanners first baseman Geoff Byrns. Hernandez outsprinted Raber to collect Byrns’ toss and tag the bag for the final out, giving Hernandez a 4-0 record after his first complete game of the season. “It kept the blood flowing,'’ Hernandez said of his sprint to first base."
7/3/6: Panners facing new challenges - "The Panners staff has given up only 51 runs on the year, 30 less then their opponents, and had a team ERA under 2.00 entering this weekend. One reason for that is starter Kevin Hernandez who is 3-0 in three starts, with an ERA of 2.00. But pitching coach Gus Knickrehm thinks that his staff can be even better. "It's coming together," Knickrehm said. "There are some things that we need to work on, like command of pitches, commitment of each pitch, getting after it, going as hard as you can each pitch. Once they buy into that, I think this is going to be a pretty good staff."
6/30/6: MSG: Midnight Games (Sporting News) - "Fairbanks, Alaska, requires toughness. Living on the 65th parallel, you don’t exactly spend time thinking about how the petunias are coming along. The average high temperature in January is 2-below. Extension cords dangle out of car grills, and most parking spaces are equipped with electrical outlets. That’s because if you parked for a few hours during an Alaska winter without plugging in, your engine would become an Ice Pop."
6/28/6: Oilers photos from June 27
6/28/6: June 27 vs. Peninsula Oilers
6/26/6: MSG: Baseball at midnight? Only in Alaska (Miami Herald) - ‘’It was weird,'’ said Brad Arnsberg, a former Marlins pitching coach, of the Midnight Sun experience. “You had to have foil on your bedroom windows just to keep the light from jumping in when you were trying to sleep. I remember, unfortunately, walking out of a couple of bars at three or four in the morning and it was broad daylight. It was kind of an odd feeling.'’
6/26/6: Timmons, Mier combine to pace Goldpanners win - "Sean Timmons, the winningest pitcher in Goldpanners history, pitched seven solid innings to add another victory to his laurels and catcher Jessie Mier belted a three-run homer that snapped a 3-3 tie as the Goldpanners downed the Anchorage Bucs 10-3 before an appreciative gathering at Growden Memorial Park. Cheff (Goldpanner manager Ed Cheff) made it a point to say that we needed to do things differently,” Mier said of the Goldpanners’ offensive turnaround. “He just re-emphasized in a strong way the things that needed to be done in order for us to have success,” said Mier, who plays under Cheff’s direction at NAIA champion Lewis-Clark State in Idaho. “The main thing was that we needed to be more selective instead of chasing pitches.”
6/24/6: Georgi's Midnight Sun Game Blog
6/23/6: 2006: Panners erupt to win ABL opener - "The Alaska Goldpanners opened league play with a bang, routing the Athletes in Action Fire, 16-3 Friday night at Growden Memorial Park. The Panners (1-0 ABL, 6-3 overall) used three big innings and a solid pitching performance from starter Kevin Hernandez to spoil the Fire’s (1-3 ABL, 3-5 overall) first game in Fairbanks this season."
6/23/6: June 23, 2006 - Alaska Goldpanners vs. Athletes in Action
6/22/6: 2006: Panners work extra for Sun win
6/21/6: PANNERS WIN THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY MIDNIGHT SUN GAME (2-1 in 10th Innings) Chu Yuan Chin Single - Game Winning RBI

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6/21/6: 2006: Midnight Sun Game tonight  By MATIAS SAARI, Staff Writer "Unless they get serious about baseball in Scandinavia or some other place near the Arctic Circle, Fairbanks will continue to have the market on games under the Midnight Sun just as it has for the past century. “It’s unique. We’re the only people that have it,” said Don Dennis, the Alaska Goldpanners’ general manager since 1968. “Nobody else can do it.”
6/19/6: 2006: Panners salvage split with Birds - "Mark Thompson made several spectacular plays on grounders deep in the hole at shortstop and registered six assists. He also stole two bases, reached base three times and scored a run, while Chu Yuan-Chin and Jovanny Bramasco had RBI hits in the third inning as the Goldpanners improved to 4-1."
6/19/6: June 18 - Alaska Goldpanners vs. California Running Birds 2/2
6/18/6: 2006: Panners suffer first loss of year
6/18/6: June 17, 2006 vs. California Running Birds
6/17/6: 2006: Davidson has big night for Panners "Davidson was recommended to Cheff by former Alaska manager Jim Dietz, now a high school baseball coach in Oregon. Davidson worked out late in the season with the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team in Lewiston, Idaho, which Cheff coaches and recently guided to its 14th NAIA national championship."
6/17/6: June 16th vs. Stockton Senators - Scorecast
6/16/6: 2006: Byrns and Dunn propel Panners - "the Goldpanners’ 13-5 romp at Growden Memorial Park showed it was a stroke of genius for him to have Geoff Byrns batting in the No. 3 spot and Joey Dunn hitting right behind him. The two combined for six hits, six runs batted in and five runs scored." -- SEAN TIMMONS WINS! WITHIN SIX STRIKEOUTS OF ALL-TIME RECORD HELD BY BRENT STROM
6/15/6: 2006: Panners get off to fast start against Stars - "With barely half the team having arrived in Fairbanks, head coach Ed Cheff was hesitant to offer an assessment of this year’s team. The 2005 squad went 39-12 overall and dominated the Alaska Baseball League with a 28-6 record. “It’s pretty hard to make an evaluation for about a week,” said Cheff, last year’s ABL Coach of the Year, who arrived in Fairbanks on Monday."
6/13/6: 2006: Players from Taiwan ready to join Panners - Bob Eley "The Panners aren’t changing uniforms and the coaching staff remains intact, but four of the new players on this year’s team are from Taiwan and attend college at the Taiwan National College of Physical Education.  Whiile none of the four speak much English, Dennis said that coach Ed Cheff isn’t anticipating any communication problems. “Coach Cheff’s plan is for them to learn English baseball terms and have the rest of the guys learn to speak Taiwanese for the social aspects,” Dennis said."
6/13/6: ABLBlog: Palmer and Fairbanks players added to roster of Mat-Su Miners
6/9/6:
Kody Valverde (05) Valverde Has Seen the Light “(Coach Cheff) worked with us every day to be mentally tougher,” Valverde said. “I don’t know if he did something special to us or whether we did it ourselves, but it was a fun summer. “It’s miraculous,” Alabama coach Jim Wells said. “He went from a guy who hit .238 or .240, who swung and missed a lot, and he’s just better all the way around. That had to happen for us to be successful.”
1/5/6: H.A. (Red) Boucher - Continues to recover from stroke
1/31/6: Dermot Cole Goldpanner Shoutout - "MIGHTY QUINN: Last summer one of the stars of the Alaska Goldpanners was Quinn Stewart of LSU Tigers. In a recent article in the Baton Rouge Advocate, Stewart said that summer in Fairbanks was like the movie "Groundhog Day," in which the same day is repeated over and over again. "You wake up, go to the field, come home, take a nap, get up, go to the field, play a game, go hang out, get something to eat, go to sleep, get up and do the same thing over and over," he said. He said he'd like to visit Fairbanks in the winter, to see what it's like "when it's dark all the time."
9/12/5: 2005 MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS: Justin Fuller, Position Player ; Shannon Wirth, Pitcher
9/12/5: FINAL, OFFICIAL 2005 STATISTICS
8/3/5: Panners' Cheff, Vogel honored - Ed Cheff, Coach of the Year; Matt Vogel, SS; Quinn Stewart, RF; Garet Hill, P - NBC Pickups: Matt Inouye, C;  Jerin Harper, OF ;  Sung-Wei Tseng, SP ; Josh McLaughlin, RP
8/1/5: Added to 2005 NBC Roster - Josh McLaughlin, RP ;  Sung-Wei Tseng, SP ; Matt Inouye, C ; Sheng Wei-Wang, SS ; Jerin Harper, OF
7/23/5: Panners earn trip to Wichita - "The home team left no doubt about their intentions on Friday night and sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first inning. AIA starting pitcher Justin Pigott faced nine Panners in the frame and did not record an out on the way to taking the loss."
7/21/5: Panner pitchers, hitters strong arm Fire
7/21/5: SEAN TIMMONS (04 MVPFormer AASU pitchers enters Cooperstown
7/20/5: Dales plans to pitch at Washburn "Dales recently participated in the 100th annual Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks, Alaska, with the Omaha Strike Zone baseball team, and will elevate his playing level as he moves from Highland (Kan.) Community College to Washburn University next year."
7/10/5: Two-week trip culminates in midnight game | Arizona, NJC and the Midnight Sun Game
7/5/5: SEAN TIMMONS Timmons finds his place in baseball history at Cooperstown
6/26/5: Baseball fans are drawn to Fairbanks and Omaha - Wall Street Journal
6/26/5: Blistering rays of Midnight Sun light way to publicity
6/24/5: The boys of summer solstice - David Hoeckstra, Chicago Sun Times "The Goldpanners beat Omaha 3-1 in the 100th Anniversary game. Fairbanks native Sean Timmons was the winning pitcher. He is now the winningest pitcher (3-0) in the history of the Midnight Sun game. Immediately after the game, his No. 33 jersey was shipped to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. "
6/23/5: 100 Years of Baseball Fun in Fairbanks
6/23/5: Thousands Attend Midnight Sun Game - Newsday
6/22/5: Where baseball shines the most - ESPN.com "Fairbanks is an insane town."
6/22/5: Fans flock to annual classic - To accommodate the massive crowds, park officials corralled fans in the deep corners of the outfield. Fairbanksan Kerry Turnbow, who was among the standing-room-only throng, was in awe of the sheer numbers in attendance, but not surprised. "I mean it is the 100th anniversary," he said
6/21/5: Midnight game turns 100
6/18/5: Midnight Sun lures national media
6/18/5: American Bus Association lists Midnight Sun Game in top 100 events

2005-06 AMATEUR NEWS

Joe Persichina ASU Triple Play - "Fans can watch a video highlight of ASU's defensive gem in Saturday's 9-4 victory over Cal St. Northridge. The Sun Devils worked out of a jam in the eighth inning with a 4-6-5 triple play by Eric Sogard, Joe Persichina, and CJ Retherford. "

12/21/6: Q&A with Toledo Assistant Baseball Coach J.J. Brock (97)
12/4/6: Elliott Strankman (03-04-05-06) Named Manager for Green Bay Bullfrogs
8/20/6: Allen Balmer (04) In Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd”


Rob Hippi (02-03)

8/16/6: Lower Columbia Signees "Hip (Coach Hippi) searches the world over for pitchers as his reputation extends beyond Washington and Oregon," Smith said. "Alaska has been a pipeline for us since we got Ryan Shaver a few years ago, and we like Rosen's size and how he throws nice and easy with a free arm. Warnock chose us based on reputation, and he's a very physical kid with some arm strength."

8/14/6: Beau Mills: Summer Shuffle - "The other significant transfer of the summer took place in the Alaska League, as Fresno State's Beau Mills decided to attend NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark (Idaho) State. Mills, who has hit 36 home runs in two seasons for the Bulldogs, was academically ineligible at the end of the '06 season and missed Fresno State's regional. He played for the Alaska Goldpanners in Fairbanks this summer under LCSC coach Ed Cheff, batting .270-7-33 in 152 at-bats."
CHATHAM - Allan Dykstra (05) of Wake Forest knocked in the go-ahead runs on a two-run home run in the sixth inning to pace the Athletics over the visiting Mariners.
6/14/6: Cameron Blair (
04 MVPTech has no policy against riding motorcycles "I never really did think about it," Hays said. "Cameron (Blair) is the only one (of his players) that I've known who has done that.. But that would be par for Cameron."
6/13/6: 2006: Players from Taiwan ready to join Panners - Bob Eley "The Panners aren’t changing uniforms and the coaching staff remains intact, but four of the new players on this year’s team are from Taiwan and attend college at the Taiwan National College of Physical Education.  Whiile none of the four speak much English, Dennis said that coach Ed Cheff isn’t anticipating any communication problems. “Coach Cheff’s plan is for them to learn English baseball terms and have the rest of the guys learn to speak Taiwanese for the social aspects,” Dennis said."
6/13/6: 2006 Yearbook Bonus Cards Added to Seaver, Boone, Lee:

6/11/6: Jon McCaslin (03) Eighty-eight golfers are competing in first Capitol City Amateur since 1998  "McCaslin, a 22-year-old graduate of North Thurston who played baseball for Lewis-Clark State College, was considered one of the favorites to win the tournament, according to McNelly. However, during Saturday’s opening round of “scrambling golf,” McCaslin shot a 7-over-par 79. “Golf is a funny game,” McCaslin said after coming off the 18th hole. “One day you can shoot in the 60s, and the next day you can shoot an 80.” As a 1-handicap, McCaslin said he needed to stay mentally prepared and not lose composure.  “If I make it in the money, I will be happy,” McCaslin said. “I’m going home to watch ‘Tin Cup’ tonight.”

6/9/6: Kody Valverde (05) Valverde Has Seen the Light “(Coach Cheff) worked with us every day to be mentally tougher,” Valverde said. “I don’t know if he did something special to us or whether we did it ourselves, but it was a fun summer. “It’s miraculous,” Alabama coach Jim Wells said. “He went from a guy who hit .238 or .240, who swung and missed a lot, and he’s just better all the way around. That had to happen for us to be successful.”

6/4/6: Allen Balmer (04) LCSC’s Balmer (04) wins NAIA World Series MVP award

6/3/6: Lewis-Clark Wins NAIA National Championship! - Box Score | Play-by-Play // Shannon Wirth (05 MVP) Wins Game, Allen Balmer (04) MVP! "After Cumberland scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the contest at 4-4, neither team could score until the 11th. That's when Mark Thompson (05-06R) started the rally by being hit a pitch, one of nine hit batters in the game. Matt Vogel (05) singled Thompson to third and then stole second base. With first base open, Cumberland elected to intentionally walk Series MVP Allen Balmer (04) to load the bases. Jose Castenon (04) then drew a full-count walk to force in the decisive run."

  IP R ER SO
Austin Weilep 2.1 3 3 2
Mike Miller 3.2 1 1 3
Shannon Wirth (W) 5.0 0 0 7


6/2/6: USC’s Gillespie Hands Reins To Chad Kreuter (84)

6/1/6: Ed Cheff (02-03-04-05-06) Coach Cheff reaches 1,500 victory plateau

5/30/6: L-C eliminates St. X at NAIA WS; Jessie Mier (05-06) three hits, Balmer (04), Castanon (04), Thompson (05-06) two hits each

5/26/6: Mike Hofius (02) Placed on voluntarily retired list
5/26/6: Anthony Rawson (01) Signed by Oakland Athletics


Joe Persichina (04-06R)

5/25/6: Joe Persichina (04-06R) Named Academic All Pac-10

 Allen Dykstra (05) Named ACC Freshman of the Year


Shelly and Moku Paiva (89) star in the premiere of
"Hawaii Love Stories"

5/19/6: Moku Paiva (89) The wedding video that everyone gets to see "Former UH baseball pitcher Moku Paiva married fellow Honolulu Police Department officer Shelly Silva in April and all Hawaii is invited.. on TV."

5/17/6: Allen Dykstra (05) Leaving ACC Foes in His Wake "Dykstra is hitting .335 and leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with 14 homers and 55 RBIs on a team that is 32-17. He also has 16 doubles and has struck out just 26 times in 233 plate appearances."

5/14/6: Mark Thompson (05-06) Added to 2006 Roster

2006 All-NAIA Region I Team: Justin Fuller, Allen Balmer, Mark Thompson, Jessie Miller and Austin Weilip. Justin Fuller, a second baseman, was the player of the year.

Wake Forest and Florida State played the longest game in the 53-year history of the ACC on Saturday, May 6. The previous record in unknown, but the 20-inning affair turned out to be the 12th in NCAA Division I history to ever reach the 20th inning and only the third to do so since 1974. Wake Forest first baseman Allan Dykstra recorded 26 putouts, not only an ACC record, but the second most in NCAA Division I history.

The 22nd-ranked Washington baseball team couldn't overcome an early deficit as the NAIA's top-ranked team, Lewis-Clark State, handed the Huskies a 9-7 loss Tuesday night at Husky Ballpark.  Lewis-Clark State (39-4), which had a 26-game win streak broken last weekend, used a six-run third inning to build a 7-1 lead against the Huskies (30-17), who rallied for one in the seventh and four in the eighth to close the gap.

4/29/6: Don Sneddon Profile "KCAL 9 aired a feature on Santa Ana College (SAC) baseball coach Don Sneddon becoming California community college's all-time winningest baseball coach on April 15. Sneddon took over the top spot on March 21 when the Dons beat Riverside Community College (RCC), 2-1, in Orange Empire Conference baseball action. The feature, hosted by Gary Miller, will can be viewed by clicking on the link."
4/29/6: Allen Dykstra (05) Wake Photo Gallery

 

4/25/6: Quinn Stewart (05) In Focus: Quite a Ride for Baseball’s Stewart
4/19/6: Justin Fuller's two-run triple in the top of the eighth inning gave Lewis-Clark State the lead for good Wednesday as the No. 1 ranked Warriors extended their winning streak to 21 games by outlasting Albertson 11-8 at Simplot Stadium in Caldwell.
3/12/6: Matt Rasmussen (06) Leads Bearcats in 8-run fifth inning


Ed Romero
(05)

3/6/6: Ed Romero (05) Named WAC Pitcher Of The Week

2/18/6: Ed Romero (05) Romero Combines For Shutout Win for Fresno State " Eddie Romero made the longest appearance of a three-year career, staying in command through 8.0 shutout innings as the Bulldogs won their second game in as many days 8-0 over Utah Valley State. Romero, throwing 112 pitches, allowed only four hits and struck out seven. "
2/18/6: Matt Lane (05) Drives in Five runs vs. C-S Northridge
2/17/6: Kody Valverde (05) Valverde powering the Tide early "Valverde hit a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Eagles and won the game with a three-run homer on Sunday. The senior has also accomplished something rare for him: He has walked five times in Alabama's first four games, matching his walk total from all of last year. "

2/16/6: Added New Color Picture of 1967 Club!


Texas second baseman Clay Van Hook (05) reaches down to tag out UH center fielder Mark McGonigle on a failed steal attempt in the fifth inning Friday at Minute Maid Park.
BRETT COOMER

2/11/6: Clay Van Hook (05) Texas pitching, defense shut down Cougars
2/9/6: GW baseball sings six recruits in early signing period "Head coach Steve Mrowka (86) is pleased with GW's most recent recruits."


Jim Barr - Sac St.

2/5/6: Ricky Fairchild (03) - U. Kansas Pitcher - Latest Panner Page!
2/5/6: Jim Barr (67-68-69) - Sacramento State Coach
2/4/6: Kinzey Reeves (04) St. Peter's Basketball
2/2/6: Matt Inouye (05) Named to All-WAC Team
1/31/6: Garet Hill, Justin Fuller - Rated in top five best NAIA prospects - "Dinkelman was rated the fifth-best NAIA prospect for the 2006 major league baseball amateur draft by Baseball America. Rated ahead of him were Garet Hill, a righthanded pitcher from Biola (Calif.) College; Jon Forest, a righthanded pitcher from British Columbia; Justin Fuller, a shortstop from Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); and Jeff Tobin, a lefthanded pitcher from British Columbia. "
 


Paul Keck (04)

1/30/6: Paul Keck (04) Keck Transfers to Lee from LC "Assistant coach Mark Brew called Keck "a tremendous catcher with great accolades. He has played in great programs and is a leader behind the plate," noted Brew. "Paul is an excellent sign for us this late in the summer. He has a great arm, good power and above average speed. We are looking forward to an excellent year from Paul."


Jim Sundberg (71)

1/27/6: Jim Sundberg (71) Sundberg speaks at First Pitch  Luncheon - "What it does, is just show that we're normal people as well and we love to go out and encourage them to see some games and watch us on TV," he said. "If we can help motivate somebody, or help somebody keep going, or brighten somebody's day, that's kinda what I get out of it."
1/25/6: Alvin Davis (79-80) Davis helps dedicate Brock Park


Dick Stone and Milo Griffin

1/20/6: Milo Griffin (67-68-69) Griffin's '44' retired in style - "An accomplished tennis player and golfer, Griffin also played with the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks baseball team from 1967-68 as an outfielder and first baseman."
1/17/6: Milo Griffin (67-68-69) Nanooks retire Griffin's Number 44
1/17/6: Allan Dykstra (05) Named to Baseball America's "Fab 50"
1/15/6: Quinn Stewart (05) Tigers' Stewart Seeing the Light - "“I guess I found a love for the game again,” the senior outfielder said. “I got a chance to get away, go have fun, get some confidence back and just play. That’s really all it was. Last year took a toll, struggling as much as I did. "
1/9/6: Ed Cheff (02-03-04-05-06R) Inducted into ABCA Hall of Fame "During his tenure,  Lewis-Clark State College has won 13 NAIA national titles. From 1982 through 1992, Cheff's Warriors played in 11 consecutive NAIA national championship games and won eight championships and his teams hold a part of more than 25 NAIA World Series records."
 

ALASKANA / MSG / SPECIAL

ALASKAN BASEBALL HISTORY IN PICS
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The “midnight sun” game; on Alaska’s long sunny evenings, you can watch some very good amateur baseball. - Sunset Magazine, 1986

 

11/22/6: June 30, 1985 - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner "Dennis Family Goes Nuts for the Panners"
11/1/6: The "Alaska Baseball League" in a Nutshell

10/29/6: Not 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."
8/19/6: Chad Corona (02) Emergency medical technician in Escondido “He exemplifies all the values that the Cannons team is about,” Hoang said. “He believes in the community service aspect of it. As competitive as he is, he’s also a good mentor to teach life lessons that parallel baseball.”
8/9/6: PannerVision: Grinding at Growden - At 2:30 Mark

 

In Tune With the Voices of the Midnight Sun
Washington Post 

John Luther Adams

"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."

6/19/6: 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."
6/30/6: MSG: Midnight Games (Sporting News) - "Fairbanks, Alaska, requires toughness. Living on the 65th parallel, you don’t exactly spend time thinking about how the petunias are coming along. The average high temperature in January is 2-below. Extension cords dangle out of car grills, and most parking spaces are equipped with electrical outlets. That’s because if you parked for a few hours during an Alaska winter without plugging in, your engine would become an Ice Pop."

6/27/6:  Ebay - Midnight Sun Game
6/26/6: MSG: Baseball at midnight? Only in Alaska (Miami Herald) - ‘’It was weird,'’ said Brad Arnsberg, a former Marlins pitching coach, of the Midnight Sun experience. “You had to have foil on your bedroom windows just to keep the light from jumping in when you were trying to sleep. I remember, unfortunately, walking out of a couple of bars at three or four in the morning and it was broad daylight. It was kind of an odd feeling.'’
6/24/6: Georgi's Midnight Sun Game Blog
6/22/6: 2006: Panners work extra for Sun win
6/21/6: PANNERS WIN THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY MIDNIGHT SUN GAME (2-1 in 10th Innings) Chu Yuan Chin Single - Game Winning RBI

June 21, 2006 - Midnight Sun Game
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6/21/6: 2006: Midnight Sun Game tonight  By MATIAS SAARI, Staff Writer "Unless they get serious about baseball in Scandinavia or some other place near the Arctic Circle, Fairbanks will continue to have the market on games under the Midnight Sun just as it has for the past century. “It’s unique. We’re the only people that have it,” said Don Dennis, the Alaska Goldpanners’ general manager since 1968. “Nobody else can do it.”


Todd, Tom & Don Dennis

6/16/6: Baseball loaded with family ties - By Josh Niva, Anchorage Daily News "Dennis might not be a player, but he credits his success to a coach — his longtime employer, mentor and father, Goldpanners general manager Don Dennis. For both Dennises, and thousands of others who play or follow the game, baseball is as much about family as it is sport."

 


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5/12/6: Stroecker still offers guiding hand as Goldpanners president - By Dermot Cole


2004 MSG Interview with Ferguson Jenkins


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Dave Schuler (74-75)

5/9/6: Dave Schuler goes to bat for kids with Horsey Foundation

5/3/6: DeadSpin Baseball // Plane Crash Clip - "We’d never seen this before, but it’s pretty amazing: During an Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks game, a plane crashes just beyond the left field fence. We’ve watched this about four times in the last 20 minutes.  The best part has to be the announcer. You think you’ve prepared for everything. You’ve got your player notes, and your scoresheet, and your public service announcements. And then a plane crashes in left field."


July 26, 2003 vs OILERS - "THE GAME"

4/28/6: Updated "The Game" Page with Clip of Brad Davis Demolishing the Oilers' Catcher

4/28/6: FREE PannerVision - "The Game"  July 26, 2003 vs Peninsula Oilers!

4/21/6: Tyler Best (02-03) T-Bone Stirring Up Trouble as Usual


Allan Simpson

4/19/6: Derrick Landavaso (04) Relief Pitcher Finds Relief
4/17/6: Baseball America founder Allan Simpson (72-73-74 Asst. GM) retires from paper
4/16/5: Midnight Sun Baseball Game Celebrates 100 Years
3/18/6:
Scott Robinson (01-02 MVP) Scott Robinson 14th Inning At-Bat
7/25/2002 @ Anchorage Bucs
3/13/6: "Crazy Landing = Crash" - Added to PannerVision


Hi-Rez Picture of 1906 MiSG Story | Midnight Sun Game All-Time Results


Rod Dedeaux and Red Boucher
(pic by Vicky Boucher)

2/9/6: So Long, Tiger: Coaching Legend Dedeaux Dies at 91 "His final championship came in 1978, and in all he coached 59 big leaguers. The list includes Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, as well as future Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Mark McGwire, Dave Kingman and Bill “Spaceman” Lee.


Tom Seaver (64-65) and Rod Dedeaux
Trojans celebrate Dedeaux's 90th birthday

"The things I remember best about playing at USC are that we worked hard, learned a lot and had a really great time doing it,” Seaver once said. “I learned more in one year at USC under coach Dedeaux than I would have in two or three seasons in the low minors. I learned concentration and to stay in the game mentally."

2005-06 PRO NEWS


12/31/6: Sam Suplizio (63)
"Sourdough Sam" Dead at 74 Samuel Victor Suplizio died suddenly of heart failure late Friday at his winter home in South Carolina. He was 74.
12/6/6: Mike Cervanek (98) Signed by Baltimore
12/5/6: Scott Robinson (01-02 MVP) "The Kid" has successful "Tommy John" surgery - left elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction using palmaris longus tendon graft-ulnar nerve transfer.
12/4/6: Bill Lee (66-67) New Video: Spaceman, A Baseball Odyssey "Throughout the 1970's, Bill Lee was the ultimate gonzo baseball player, a brilliant left-handed pitcher who flouted every manager or front office executive who tried to control him. Blacklisted from professional baseball in 1983, Lee was left to roam the world in search of a chance to play the game he loves. The film follows Lee, approaching sixty years young, on a road trip from his farm in Vermont to the impoverished baseball mecca of Cuba and on to his triumphant return to Fenway Park. Along the way, we hear from former teammates, family members, sportswriters, fans, and especially Lee himself about the unique life and career that spawned the legend of a ballplayer who will forever be known as simply the SPACEMAN."
11/26/6: Adam Kennedy signs with St. Louis; 3 years, 10 million.
11/21/6: Brooks Conrad (99-00 MVP) Added to Astros 40-Man Roster
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/20/6: Padres, A’s could be in the hunt for Barry Bonds (83)
11/17/6: Gary Wheelock Named Everett pitching coach
11/16/6: Jim Rushford (95) signed by Philadelphia
11/15/6: Royce Ring (00) Traded to San Diego Padres
11/15/6: Dwight Bernard (97) named Tacoma pitching coach

11/14/6: Ayers (05) named MVP of Boston College Fall Ball Tournament
11/13/6: Justin Gemoll (97) signed by Kansas City
11/10/6: Heilman (98) on Cubs’ radar
11/9/6: Jaymie Bane (82 batboy) Hired by Red Sox as scout
11/8/6: Don Reynolds (72-73-74-75) Hired as Pacific Northwest scout for Atlanta
11/7/6: Tim Kelly (80-85) Named Washington Nationals scouting supervisor in Southern California

11/2/6: Adam Kennedy (95 MVP) Intrigued by Mets
10/28/6: Barry Bonds files for free agency

Terry Francona selected to replace Macha in Japan

Just Like Old Times For Giambi and Lidle

Round Rock 2B Brooks Conrad (99-00) led the minors with 79 extra-base hits (40 doubles, 15 triples, 24 homers). He also led the PCL with 100 runs.

9/16/6: Mike Young - Figgins' Cycles; Young Gets 200th Hit (4th Straight Year) in Win - "Young was particularly relieved to reach the milestone because the Rangers could finally take down the large banner in the upper deck in right field counting down his hit total. "Hopefully we can rip that sign down now," Young said with a smile. "I didn't want to make everything about me." Figgins' cycle was the Angels first since Jeff DaVanon (92-94 Panners) did it on Aug. 25, 2004, against Kansas City."
9/16/6:
Ryan Garko (00) Up to Speed For Indians - "In 35 games since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo, Garko is batting .310 with six homers and 30 RBIs. More importantly for the Indians, Garko has improved defensively with his glove as well as his footwork around the bag."
9/15/6: Ryan Shaver (04) To Start SAL Championship Game / MILB Page

9/15/6: Reid Hamblet (04) Class A Delmarva RHF was named winner of the Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award, named for the Orioles’ longtime player.  Hamblet went out of his way to volunteer for numerous appearances, speaking at Dorchester and Wicomico county libraries as part of the Shorebirds’ “Summer Reading Program” and taking part in career days, charity golf outings and youth baseball clincs on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Orioles’ 5th round pick in the 2005 First Year Player Draft, Hamblet went 5-12 with one save in 31 games for Delmarva this season. "

If you're a Round Rock Express season ticket-holder and didn't get a call from Brooks Conrad (99-00 MVP), you probably weren't at home. The terrific second baseman called 800 of the fans on his own time. I'm not sure, but I don't remember hearing that Barry Bonds (83) does the same.

Indians rookie 1B Ryan Garko hit .333 with four homers and 17 RBIs in his first 18 games after being called up from Buffalo on Aug. 8.


Aaron Mathews collected five multiple-hit games and drove in seven runs last week. He'll take the field for Dunedin in the playoffs. (Jerry Hale/MiLB.com)

 

9/5/6: Aaron Mathews (03) Player of the Week .448 (13-29), 5 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 SB, .793 SLG - Mathews ended the season in spectacular fashion, as he collected five multiple-hit games and drove in seven runs. On Friday, the 24-year-old went 4-for-5 with two homers, a double, and three runs scored, but Dunedin lost to Clearwater by a score of 8-7. On Sunday, Mathews drove in a season-high four runs as the Blue Jays pounded the Threshers, 15-8.
9/1/6: Garko’s fast start: Yabba dabba doo! Indians rookie earning team’s respect -- Indians rookie Ryan Garko’s teammates call him Fred Flintstone. Asked why, veteran Aaron Boone said: “Have you seen him run and move around? “Looks like him, too.”

 


8/29/6: Brendan Ryan (02) promoted to Triple-A Memphis Springfield Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan was promoted to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday after spending only 10 games with the Double-A club.
8/26/6: Tulsa Wins! - Marc Kaiser extended his scoreless streak to 18 innings with 6 shutout frames.
8/24/6: Ryan Garko (00) Garko delivers game-winner in wild one "This is a tough game, but a fun game, for that reason," Garko said. "You can have a tough day and still have a chance to come up with a big hit." That's what Garko did when he grounded a single to center to bring in Sizemore with the go-ahead run. He tried to put the sweet feeling into words. "It's like you're climbing a mountain," he said, "and you finally get to the top."
8/21/6: Marc Kaiser (02) Drillers’ Kaiser tosses first shutout Double-A Tulsa pitcher Marc Kaiser was the Texas League Pitcher of the Week, going 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA in 15 2/3 innings, including a complete-game shutout.
8/16/6: Marc Kaiser (02) Kaiser Baffles Hooks again
8/11/6: Ryan Garko (00) Called up to Cleveland | Garko leads way in romp - "Ryan Garko had acted out his first big league homer many times as a youngster. Actually hitting it was an even bigger thrill.

Garko had his first homer and drove in four runs to help Cliff Lee win for the first time in nearly a month, leading the Cleveland Indians over the Los Angeles Angels 14-2 Thursday night.

‘‘It’s a special feeling, one I dreamed about since I was a kid,’’ said Garko, whose 431-foot drive over the center-field wall gave Cleveland a 13-2 lead in the sixth inning. ‘‘I didn’t know how to react. It sank in when I got high-fives in the dugout. That’s when I realized, ‘I did it.’ ’’

8/3/6: Jason Phillips (96) Blue Jays recall Phillips
7/23/6: Paul Keck (04) Signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Mariners. He is playing Rookie ball with Matt Vogel at AZL Mariners
6/28/6: Royce Ring (00) "Norfolk Tides pitcher Royce Ring has been selected to participate in the 19th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game.   Ring, 25, is 2-0 with a 1.48 ERA and five saves in 23 games pitched for the Tides this year. He has held opponents to a .195 batting average against, and has struck out 29 batters while walking just ten in 24.1 innings pitched."

Pitcher Roger Clemens (83R), center, talks with Round Rock Express third baseman Brooks Conrad (99-00 MVP), left, as they await a relief pitcher during the sixth inning of a baseball game the New Orleans Zephyrs Friday, June 16, 2006, in Round Rock, Texas. Express manager Jackie Moore, right, pulled Clemens from the game. Clemens gave up five hits and three runs in the game. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

6/21/6: Justin Fuller (05 MVP) 2006 Draft Picks Assigned to Ogden - Raptors
6/15/6: The Ranger agreed to terms Wednesday with Shannon Wirth (Lewis-Clark State, 32nd), and Austin Weilep (Lewis-Clark State, 34th).
6/8/6: Matt Lane (05) Jays pick Matt Lane (05) in 11th

6/7/6: Drafted Goldpanners:

6/6/6: Bobby Crosby (99) Draft day memories

"Even though Jason Aspito (99) had a four-hit night including two home runs (9), the Frisco RoughRiders (27-25) pounded three home runs and 17 hits en route to an 11-6 victory over the Arkansas Travelers (17-35)."

6/5/6: Brad Davis (03) Named to Florida State League 2006 All-Star Team

Aaron Mathews (03) Dunedin
.633 (19-30), 8 R, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 RBI, 1 SB, .833 SLG

FSL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mathews has collected at least two hits in each of his last seven games. On Monday, the 24-year-old center fielder had a game to remember, going 6-for-7 with six runs scored as Dunedin defeated Vero Beach, 19-12. On Friday, Mathews went 4-for-4 with a double and a triple. On May 5, he was batting .209. His average currently sits at .390.

6/2/6: Quinn Stewart (05) Signed with the Devil Rays for $75,000 after hitting 23 homers for LSU


Scott Robinson (01-02 MVP)
The Legend that is "The Kid"

5/30/6: Scott Robinson (01-02 MVP) Reacts to Baseball Thrown at Head | Part Two - "Scott Robinson of the Houston Astros reacts to ball thrown at his head. This baseball video was taken in 2004 while Scott Robinson was playing for the Lexington Legends. He is currently playing for the Salem Avalanche.

5/29/6: Barry Bonds (83) 715th Home Run "Something Special""

5/26/6: Mike Hofius (02) Placed on voluntarily retired list
5/26/6: Anthony Rawson (01) Signed by Oakland Athletics

4/27/6: Rick Monday (64) Two-time All Star, All-Time Hero - “I don’t know anybody who wouldn’t have done the same thing, if they were in the same position,” Monday was saying the other day from Los Angeles, where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday as the Dodgers celebrated the anniversary of his heroics with a video tribute. “I’m just glad I was close enough to do something about it.'’

4/26/6: Dave Winfield (71-72) Elected to Inaugural Class of College Baseball Hall of Fame

4/20/6: Jason Giambi (90) Named A.L. Player of the Week
4/20/6: Delvarma Shorebirds News - Added to Reid Hamblet (04)

4/19/6: Derrick Landavaso (04) River City Rascals - Found!

 Brooks Conrad (99-00 MVP) slammed two homers, including a walk-off blast in the ninth inning, to power Round Rock to a 6-4 victory over visiting Iowa on Sunday.

Greg Sain (99-00) homered in his third straight game as visiting Huntsville topped Montgomery, 5-2, on Monday. The Stars never trailed after taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Sain's two-run homer and Callix Crabbe's solo shot. Sain has four homers and 10 RBIs in eight games.

4/13/6: David Bush (99) Impresses Brewers with demeanor, competitiveness
4/3/6: Allen Dykstra (05) Named National Player of the Week "Dykstra, who moved into the three spot in the order four games ago against Davidson, batted .786 (11-for-14) with five home runs and 11 RBI this week. He scored eight runs, added three doubles and slugged 2.071."
4/3/6: Bobby Crosby (99) Not starry-eyed, but a star

"In other news, the Stars have determined their likely first baseman for the season. Greg Sain, who led the Southern League with 28 homers for Mobile in 2004, is expected to start in Huntsville. He split last season between Double-A and Triple-A."

3/30/6: Allen Dykstra (05) Three homers lift Deacs to 14-6 win
3/30/6: Blake Gill (02) JackHammers ink former Mat-Su, Fairbanks infielder (Joliet JackHammers)

Jeff Culpepper (03) Was called up to play for the Cubs big league team vs. Oakland.  He got into the game in the 7th inning playing LF.  In his only AB he grounded out to 2B.

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Cameron Blair (04)

3/20/6: Cameron Blair (04) Named to Texas Tech's All-Time Big 12 team


Ryan Garko
(00)

3/19/6: Ryan Garko (00) Spring getting serious
3/15/6: David Bush (99) A
lready making trade look smart
3/14/6: Terry Francona (78) Deal extended through ‘08
3/12/6: Jason Lane (96-97) Adapts to meet the challenge "Lane hit a respectable .259 with eight homers and 18 RBIs in June and .317 with three homers and 11 RBIs in July. Despite his resurgence in June, he was hitting only .234 (65-for-278) when he headed to the All-Star break.After the break, he hit .305 (73-for-239) to finish the season with a .267 batting average, 26 home runs and 78 RBIs. Despite having 39 fewer at-bats after the All-Star break, his 12 home runs and 38 RBIs after the break were not far off his 14 homers and 40 RBIs from before the break. "
3/5/6: Emerson Frostad (03) Frostad Catching a Position Change
3/4/6: Why baseball is important to Taiwan
3/3/6: Scott Robinson (02) Added GetGrippers.com | TheHittingBeam.com

3/3/6: Greg Dobbs (00) Positive outlook drives Dobbs
3/3/6: Bret Boone (88) Former Mariners mates laud Bret Boone
"Closer Eddie Guardado, the former Twin, got a laugh out of remembering a game when Boone swung at one of Guardado’s filthiest split-fingered fastballs and practically picked it clean off the Metrodome turf for an impossible double.

“I asked him how in the [world] he hit that pitch,” Guardado said. “And he said, ‘Sometimes Boone hits those pitches.’”

2/28/6: Jeff Culpepper (03) Close-up Interview with 2005 Daytona Cub Jeff Culpepper - Jeff started the Chicago Cubs spring training last week, 3 weeks prior to most of the other minor leaguers. 

2/27/6: Bret Boone (88) Mets, Bret hold out for “The Boone” | Announced Retirement
2/27/6: Michael Young (96) To Play in World Baseball Classic

2/23/6: Ryan Garko (00) Unpacking Bags in Winter Haven
2/23/6: Bret Boone (88) Boone docks in Florida

 

2/21/6: Brad E. Davis (03) Davis caught by early catching bug - "He's a great guy to throw to," Vargas said. "I've thrown to him a couple of years now between college and the Minors, and he's a great guy behind the plate. I trust throwing to him. His size hasn't been an issue for me. He just might not have grown into his body yet. He's still young, like all of us here. But he's learned how to call and catch from a great pitching coach [Troy Buckley at LBS]. And for me, personally, he calls a good game."
 

Meanwhile, Springfield shortstop Brendan Ryan, who like Hanson is about to take part in his first big-league spring training camp, arrived in Jupiter, Fla., earlier this week. With his ears, of course, still ringing from a mountain of advice from prospects like Anthony Reyes, who have been there before and have implored Ryan to follow proper etiquette. Said Ryan, "I guess I'll be calling everybody, 'Mister.' "

2/18/6: Brendan Ryan (02) Signed to One-Year Contract with St. Louis Cardinals (On Cardinals' 40-man roster to protect him from Rule 5 Draft.)
2/17/6: Travis Lee (93/MVP-94) Rays sign Lee, avoiding arbitration "Lee, 30, is major league baseball's all-time career fielding percentage leader (.997) among first baseman with 750 or more games played. He has finished in the top three in his league in fielding all six years in which first base was his primary position."
2/11/6: Jason Giambi (90) A World of Difference for Giambi in '06


Jeff DaVanon (92-94)

2/8/6: Jeff DaVanon (92-94) D-Backs Reach Deal with DaVanon | Diamondbacks ink DaVanon "DaVanon has played in parts of six Major League seasons, all with the Angels. Jeff owns a .256 batting average with 28 home runs and 109 RBI in 402 games."
2/8/6: Jason Giambi (90) Upbeat Jason taking bats, not baggage to Spring Training
2/8/6: Aaron Heilman (98) Delivers a special message at baseball opener

Floyd Bannister Story

Jerry Modene Posted: Three-part story...It was my only time as an emcee and being able to turn these incidents into a nifty warmup story is one of my nicest memories, especially in light of Tug's passing.

In 1972, I was a kid of 14 in the bleachers at Candlestick before a Mets-Giants game in early July. Tug McGraw is shagging flies and I holler out, "Hey, Tug, congratulations on making the all-star team!" Tug looked up in my general direction and hollered back, "Hey, thanks!".

In 1978 I was in the right field box seats at the Astrodome watching Floyd Bannister warm up for his start that night. I didn't need to shout, but I did say in a reasonably loud voice, "Hey, Floyd, I used to watch you pitch in Fairbanks for the Goldpanners". Bannister didn't even look up and said, "Who cares?"

Flash forward to 1989. By this time, I'm working in the communications office of the Governor of Guam, and Tug McGraw was on island for a week. As the resident baseball maven in the office, it fell upon me to emcee a dinner at the mansion one evening, so as part of my introduction for Tug, I told both the stories above. Nice chuckles from the audience. Long pause by me.

Then I said, "Now, you'll notice that Floyd Bannister is not here tonight." And the place roared, and Tug clapped his hands.

2/7/6: Tom Seaver (64-65) Added TomTerrificSeaver.com - Official Website "He offered Tom a full scholarship and asked him to test his skill in first-class competition. Dedeaux wanted Tom to go to Alaska and pitch for the Goldpanners. The spring session had ended at Fresno City, so Tom got on a plane to Fairbanks. Upon his arrival in Alaska, he was greeted by Goldpanners manager Red Boucher. Mr. Boucher gave Tom a uniform and drove directly to the ballpark, where the Goldpanners were playing the Washington State Bellingham Bells. The score was tied 2-2. Tom was asked to get in uniform and go to the bullpen. By the sixth inning, Tom was brought into the game, having just got off the plane. He struck out the first batter he faced, got the next one to pop up, and went on to win the game.  At the end of the summer season, Tom was named to the All-Tournament team at the National Baseball Conference tournament in Wichita, Kansas. There was no question that he would get a scholarship to USC."
2/7/6: Jason Giambi (90) More From Giambi in 2006? - "The thing that impressed me the most about Giambi's year was his .440 on-base percentage, which led the AL. Even during the early months of the season, when Giambi was struggling at the plate, he kept his approach and took walks when pitchers were willing to give them to him. "
2/7/6: Barry Bonds (83) ESPN plans reality show around home run record chase
2/4/6: Aaron Heilman (98) The Awesomeness of Aaron

1/31/6: Jason Phillips (96) Signed by Toronto, Invited to Spring Training
1/31/6: Aaron Heilman (98) Ready to battle for fifth spot

1/19/6: Darren Blakeley (97) Signed by Chicago White Sox
1/18/6: Ryan Garko (00) Tries to find fit at first
1/18/6: Dave Gassner (00 MVP) Hoping for another big shot
1/5/6: Bret Boone (88) Signed by New York Mets to minor league contract
1/4/6: Mike Harkey (86) Hired as Florida Marlins bullpen coach
 

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DN-M, ERIC GOOLD: So Many Reasons to Love Baseball in Fairbanks "The press box at Coors Field is secure, clean and safe. At Growden, where the box shakes and trembles in even a slight breeze, you take your chances every time you go up there. Covering a game during which your life is in danger surely changes your perspective."

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