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,
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.'
"Sam Suplizio easily qualifies as one of the most decent, most charming,
most engaging people I have met in all my years in and around baseball.
I remember Sam from his travels to Fairbanks and the Goldpanners
subsequent trips through Grand Junction, but I also had the occasion to
see him on a regular basis at Winter Meetings and College Coaches
conventions in later years. He was truly one of a kind. He had quite a
career in baseball with all he accomplished and the people he touched
along the way, even as his own blossoming career was unfortunately cut
short by injury." - Allen Simpson, Founder of Baseball America
12/18/8: Dave Smith (75-76)
Dave Smith remembered for his generosity |
Baseball loses one of its true good guys Former Astros reliever
Dave Smith was a giving person, and he made sure his younger
teammates learned to value others as they adjusted to life in the
majors. Smiths name is atop or near the top of
several of the Astros relief categories. But as his former
teammates coped with his death Wednesday, they didnt talk about his
199 saves for the Astros or his team records for appearances (562),
relief wins (53), relief innings (760) or most games finished (400).
Instead, Smiths friends and former teammate remembered the former
San Diego State pitchers generous nature and cool California
demeanor after he died of a heart attack Wednesday at age 53.
I remember the first thing he
told me, Kerfeld said. He said, Charlie, always treat everybody
right because the same people you see on the way up are going to be
the same people that youll see on the way down. He was correct
with that advice he gave me
12/17/8: Ed Cheff
2009 Lefty Gomez Award Recipient "The
Lefty Gomez Award is one of the most prestigious awards in all of amateur
baseball. Named after the great Lefty Gomez, this award is presented by the
American Baseball Coaches Association each year to an individual who has
distinguished himself amongst his peers and has contributed significantly to
the game of baseball locally, nationally, and internationally. The Lefty
Gomez Award is presented each year at the ABCA Hall of Fame/Coach of the
Year Banquet at the ABCA Convention. "
2009 - Ed Cheff (02-03-04-05-06) Lewis Clark State
Midnight Baseball- Only in Alaska "The game starts at 10:30 pm - and is
played without the aid of artificial lights." Red Boucher former lieutenant
governor tells the story of the birth of the Alaska league." (Footage of Nancy
DeLeon and 2000 Goldpanners)
A spaghetti feed to benefit Anchorage
Bucs general manager Dennis Mattingly is planned for
Saturday, Nov. 22, at Lake Otis Elementary School. A
bowling benefit is the next day at Center Bowl. For
more details, call the Bucs office at 561-2827.
can be made at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union,
account number 1425535 (MA).
Scott Robinson (01-02 MVP)
Robinson joins Rascals
The River City Rascals are pleased to announce the signing of
Scott Robinson who will be joining the team beginning in the 2009 season.
Scott was the 2007 MVP of the South Coast League where he led the Macon
Music batting .338 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI's.
10/9/8: Michael Young
Michael Young's Webchat Transcript - Chuck: I'm familiar with the Foresters
because my son played the Foresters for a little bit and got to play
in the Midnight Sun Game up in Alaska. Talk a little bit about the
Santa Barbara Foresters. Michael: Yeah, I played in Santa
Barbara Foresters, it's a summer league they have up there. I ended
up playing in Alaska during my summers when I was at Santa Barbara.
10/9/8: Greg Dobbs
Dobbs loves (to knock off) L.A.
9/29/8: Clay Van Hook
(05) New Assistant Coach
at McNeese State
9/28/8: Beau Mills (06)
2008 Carolina League MVP
Indians first baseman
Beau Mills is the 2008
Carolina League MVP.
Mills leads the Carolina
League with 21 homeruns
and 90 RBI. Clevelands
first round draft pick
in 2007, Mills is eighth
in the Carolina League
with a .293 batting
9/18/8: Bill StroeckerLocal musicians gather
for historic photo
"At the top of the steps
stood Bill Stroecker,
who is a pioneer in the
Fairbanks music scene.
Standing on these steps
reminds me of the first
years I picked up a
trumpet for the school
band, he said.
Stroecker was in sixth
grade when he learned to
always a song running
through my head, and
its always been a big
part of my life, he
said. It all started
right here on these
Los Angeles Times Blog: Andrew Malcom -
Sarah (Palin) and Donny (Baarns) chat at
a baseball game BF (Before Fame) -
"in between pitches and a sharp line
drive to left center, a very
professional Donny and a very casual
sports enthusiast named Sarah have a
five-minute conversation about Alaska
and political ethics and being governor
and sports. One thing the former high
school runner and basketball star
reveals, well, actually, two: She likes
sports a lot (the governor even asks if
she can hang around the radio booth a
while longer) and also she doesn't go
for all that "gender stuff."
Andrew Malcom: A
veteran foreign and national
correspondent, Malcolm served on the
Times Editorial Board and was a
Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the
author of 10 nonfiction books and
father of four.
Outfield could be in Ryan's future
"The future course of Brendan Ryan's
career remains somewhat undetermined. He
may yet establish himself as an everyday
big league shortstop or second baseman,
but it's also distinctly possible that
his career path will be as a utility
8/23/8: Beau Mills (06)
Kinston hands out end of year awards
"Kinston first baseman Beau Mills is the
recipient of the Kinston Indians Pat
Crawford MVP award. This may be the
first of many awards this season for
Mills who currently leads the Carolina
League with 21 home runs and 89 RBI.
Mills is also 2nd in the CL
in extra base hits (58), 3rd
in hits (139) and in the top five in
doubles (34), slugging (.507), and runs
8/16/8: Allan Dykstra (05)
Dykstra and Padres agree to deal with an
hour to spare "The reworked deal,
reached about an hour before Friday
night's deadline for all unsigned
draftees, saved the Padres about
$250,000. But the medical detour raised
skepticism about Dykstra's hip, which
was repaired before he began his varsity
baseball career at Rancho Bernardo."
8/14/8: Allan Dykstra (05)
Dykstra unsigned as deadline looms
"We think Dykstra will probably come
down to the last day," San Diego general
manager Kevin Towers said. "This one had
a couple of hurdles ... some curveballs
that we weren't expecting. So that's why
it's taken a little more time."
How to make the 75th NBC tournament
special - "Alaska Night. Maybe you
pay off one of the local weathermen to
create a really cool day at the
ballpark. Dave Freeman has that kind of
power, right? If not, you at least set
aside a night to honor the Alaska
tradition that has been so important to
the World Series.
through 2002, Alaska teams accounted for
15 of 34 championships. The Fairbanks
Goldpanners, Anchorage Glacier Pilots,
Kenai Peninsula Oilers, Mat-Su Miners
and Anchorage Bucs have been great for
the tournament and provided some of the
best players in its history, such as Tom
Seaver (Panners), Dave Winfield
(Panners), Rick Monday
(Panners), Chris Chambliss (Pilots),
(Panners), Mark McGwire
(Pilots), Barry Bonds
(Panners) and many others."
Cats' shortstop Cameron Blair (04
MVP), who was hit by a pitch
last Friday in St. Paul, was
diagnosed with a broken wrist on
Monday and is out for the season.
8/8/8: Lowell Purcell"rounding third and heading for home" When the family moved
north in 1960, it wasnt long before Lowell made his voice
heard. He was a senior at Lathrop, working weekends at KFRB,
when he met up with the likes of Steve Agbaba. The
17-year-old read the ads during the broadcasts of Goldpanner
baseball games as Agbabas assistant. The 1961 season was young
when Agbaba threw him a curve ball.
In the bottom of
the fifth, in about the fourth or the fifth game, Agbaba says,
Here, you do the play-by-play. I did probably the
worst play-by-play ever, Lowell said in a 1987 interview. It
was bad, really horrible. Some people say I still broadcast like
that he did as many as 2,500 sports broadcasts across the years.
His real love was baseball and so it was fitting that he chose
to get married to his wife Leah in 1993 as part of the pre-game
activities at the Midnight Sun Game. The groom went on the air
to do the play-by-play that night."
A 1988 gold medalist, Goodwin now coaching
in minor leagues - "It was awesome,"
Goodwin said about his Olympic experience.
"It was one of those experiences that if it
were to happen to me now or even five years
after it did, I probably would've taken it
in more. I was only 20-years old when I was
on the team so I didn't know nearly as much
as I know now. It was also my first time
being away from home. I learned so much how
other countries viewed us and how they
played the game of baseball. It's just one
of those things where experience is hard to
beat. I could've never have imagined what it
was like unless I went through it. I was one
of the rare athletes to have a chance and
compete for my country."
8/4/8: Nick Ciolli
Oilers drill Bombers in NBC opener Nick Ciolli, who joined the
Oilers from the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, was 3-for-5 with
two RBIs in his first game with the club. Ciolli was voted the top
outfield prospect in the Alaska Baseball League this season.
Longtime Fairbanks broadcaster Lowell Purcell dies "Longtime
Fairbanks radio broadcaster Lowell Purcell was inducted into the
Alaska Broadcasters Hall of Fame on Tuesday, two days before he
died. The award ceremony was originally slated to take place at a
Goldpanners game at Growden Memorial Park, but the game was washed
out by rain and by then Purcell had already been admitted to
Providence Hospital in Anchorage."
Ballplayer Bloody "This
disturbing video of a baseball player being hit in the head by a
pitched ball is now being released after having been held under
wraps for over six years. It is obviously dangerous anytime a batter
gets hit by a pitched ball ; however, in this case, the beaning was
especially brutal due to the screaming velocity of the pitch.
The shattering impact of a nearly 100 mile per hour fastball could
be heard from a great distance, and presented a potentially career
and life threatening situation for the batter."
Picked up at MLB.FANHOUSE Seriously,
Farnsworth should watch his back, because as this video and
the History Channel tell us: things are tougher in Alaska.
Oh, and if you're wondering where you heard the name Alaska
GoldPanners before, this wasn't the craziest thing that's ever
one of their games.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU FOR
YOUR SUPPORT IN 2008
Another Free PannerVision Broadcast!
"PANNERVISION TOP 10" BALLGAME
Letter from 2008
Cape Cod Baseball League employee: "I notice that the teams on
the Cape don't care nearly as much about wins and losses as the
teams in AK. The Cape teams are much more worried about exposing
their stars to the scouts."
As a parent of a 2008 Panner, I want to take a moment to thank the
city of Fairbanks, the Panner organization and most importantly the
people of Fairbanks for again being the place to be and play ball in
Winning in baseball is important, and this years record may be
disappointing, but winning in life is what counts. Fairbanks, you
have won again, your residents, baseball fans, Panners organization,
coaching staff and most importantly your host families have again
done an amazing job.
There are thousands of players, families, that are grateful forever
for what you have shown our sons.
I can tell you that the players feel blessed to have spent the
summer of 2008 in your great city. Thank you to all and Fairbanks
will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Published Monday, July 28, 2008
From Gail Conrad, Mother of Brooks (99-00)
"Brooksie was so
ready for this moment and had waited so very long...it was truly a
dream come true. It is wonderful to share the moment with all of his
supporters! Thanks for all the years of you and the Goldpanners
family rooting for him!
Those Alaska summers
are still some of the very best baseball memories that Brooks has
thanks to all of you! (And especially to) Brooks' host family
there; the Wentz's"
7/28/8: Emerson Frostad
Rangers' Frostad ready for Olympics "This has been a two-year process that
I've been a part of," said Frostad, a native of Calgary, Alberta.
"It's real competitive. It's a different kind of baseball. Everybody
comes together real quick and you're playing for your country, so
there's a lot of pride involved. And it's all about winning, so
everybody's pulling for each other and trying to win at all costs."
Newman's blast rocks Glacier Pilots
Kinstons 1B BEAU MILLS
has hit safely in his last 15-games batting .367 (22-60) with
11RS, 4-2B, 3HR and 14RBI In 96 games for Kinston he is batting
.283 (105-371) . Mills is T-3rd in the Carolina League with 27
7/22/8: 2008 Yearbook and
Statistical Record (51 Mb PDF)
7/22/8: Brooks Conrad
Conrad Makes MLB Debut - Panner # 190 to MLB // But as excited
as Conrad was to share the news, he couldn't resist having a little
fun with his father first. "He always wants to talk about
[that night's] game, so we were doing that for a while," Conrad, 28,
said before the opener of a three-game series against the host Rays
at Tropicana Field. "Then I said, 'Oh yeah, they made a move. ...
I'm going up to the big leagues.' He said, 'Wait. What?? You knew
that the whole time?' (Youtube:
Conrad hits 3-run HR)
New Britain's Ben Julianel
(00), whose 20 saves are fourth in the Eastern League, got the
save in the AAA All-Star Game.
outplay the Pilots "The suddenly stumbling Anchorage Glacier
Pilots suffered their third loss in four games on Sunday, dropping a
6-3 decision to the Fairbanks Goldpanners at Mulcahy Stadium."
MLB Network to pursue broadcasting the Midnight Sun Game - "Much
like NFL Films supplies content to NFL Network, MLB Network will
rely on MLB Productions and its extensive library. The network also
plans to pursue rights to non-MLB live programming such as the World
Baseball Classic, Arizona Fall League, Caribbean World Series and
the Cape Cod League. Theres also midnight games in Alaska, said
(CEO Tony) Petitti, referring to the Alaska Baseball League. All
that stuff is going to be talked about. Well take pieces of all
that hopefully and sprinkle it throughout the schedule.
Brendan Ryan -
(From July 12thBrendan Ryan
the G-Man: "I went to Lewis-Clark St. (Lewiston, ID) and I
won an NAIA National Championship there and that was great and Im
not taking anything away from that, but it just seemed like with the
level of competition up there that summer, it was pretty special.
Its probably up there at the top. Id sure like to win a World
Series up here (MLB) but that was definitely one of my best
"The Anchorage Glacier Pilots lead the ABL. The Kenai
Peninsula Oilers are in a race for second. Both teams want to play
in the NBC. The Glacier Pilots are already making preliminary travel
plans. It would take a miracle to keep us out of there, GM
Jon Dyson said."
The Glacier Pilots still rest atop the ABL
standings with a 16-8 record. The Peninsula Oilers (12-10) are the
only other team in the league with a better than .500 record. The
Mat-Su Miners (11-11) are in the third spot, followed by the Panners
(11-12), Anchorage Bucs (12-14) and Athletes in Action Fire (8-14).
All six teams will be in Anchorage this weekend
for the ABL Showcase at Mulcahy Stadium.
Goldpanners : Youth Baseball Clinics - Every summer, the Alaska
Goldpanners provide clinics for all levels of youth baseball in the
Interior. Products of this program include Sean Timmons, who is the
Goldpanners' winningest pitcher.
Man Size doesnt matter, River Cats manager Todd Steverson
(89) will tell you and that power hitting is all about weight
shift, torque and wrists. Conrad has a short compact swing that
generates plenty of power. However, Steverson says Conrads ability
to launch balls gets him into trouble.
Panners split doubleheader with Mat-Su
former Lewis-Clark State
College player Emerson Frostad
has been named to the Canadian baseball team
On the longest
All-Star Game in history: "I may have been the only one
disappointed to see them suspend play. We should have at least
played until sunrise. - Jim Umbarger (73)
WP: Matt Newman - Complete Game
C Emerson Frostad belted a two-run shot and drew a walk in his Triple-A debut.
New Roster Addition: Bryan Beres, Catcher, Bethany College
Patterson too much for Goldpanners to handle "Pattersons only
trouble came in the ninth. He began the inning with his first walk
of the game, and Raoul Torrez followed that with a two-run homer
over the left field fence."
Finally receives his call to the major leagues - "Columnist
Nick Fierro chronicles Cervenak's story, from the independent
Frontier League to a spot in the Citizens Bank Park home dugout for
Thursday's matinee meeting with the St. Louis Cardinals. Cervenak
told Fierro his head was spinning so much after IronPigs manager
Dave Huppert gave him the good news, the rest of his manager's words
were a blur: "Everything that he said about the trip to Philly
was just kind of like the teacher from Charlie Brown," he said. "It
was just like, 'wah, wah, wah.' You know what I mean?"
Alaska Goldpanners overturn Bucs' big lead "Adam Gaylord went
from a struggling No. 9 batter to a game-changer for the Alaska
Goldpanners in a 6-4 victory over the Anchorage Bucs in Thursday
nights Alaska Baseball League game at Growden Memorial Park"
Redbird pitchers going with the flow "Pitchers have been
hearing instructions like these for years from their pitching
coaches. And to that, Brent Strom says, ''Hogwash.'' There's a
lot of conventional wisdom out there that quite frankly is
wrong, and it just keeps getting perpetuated," Strom said."
Greg Dobbs' single in
the seventh was his 18th pinch hit of the year, the most by a
Phillie since Dave Philley had 18 in 1958.
Panners fall back to fourth after road loss to Peninsula "The
win enabled Kenai to claim two wins in the three-game series and
move ahead of the Panners in the ABL standings, where only 1 1/2
games separate the top four teams." 7/7/8:
Giambi one of AL Final Vote contenders "If Jason Giambi is to be
named to the American League All-Star team, he'll need a little help
-- even more than his iconic mustache can provide. The
slugger has been named as one of the candidates in the Monster 2008
All-Star Game Final Vote, in the midst of a big-swinging season that
has seen him return to prominence as a powerful force in the heart
of the Yankees' lineup."
Brooklyn Eagle - "Last week, in another slap at the
overprotective pitch counters now populating dugouts across all
of Major League Baseball, 62-year-old Bill Spaceman Lee threw
six innings while getting the win in a Midnight Sun League game
in Alaska. Taking the mound in an Alaska Goldpanners uniform
for the first time since 1967, Lee was the winning pitcher in a
10-6 victory over the Southern California Running Birds. He had
great tempo, said Panners manager, Tim Gloyd. Hes a real
major league-type player.
Lee, who once infamously proclaimed his preference
for grass over Astroturf by pointing out, I never smoked
Astroturf, wore number 337 (Lee upside down) and registered three
strikeouts while allowing four earned runs. Oh, yeah. He threw 83
pitches. I wonder if Tony LaRussa would have pulled him after 50."
Spaceman's Midnight Sun Game one for the ages
I went to places through adrenaline
and the crowd and everything, he said. Somehow my body was 38
years old again. It was an emotional game. I took my shoulder
places it hasnt been in a long time. And he was still
hurling through the sixth, which was long enough for the Panners
offense to give him a 5-4 lead and the chance for a win. At this
point, Lee could not lose the game if he stayed off the field. So it
was surprising to see him put on his glove and begin the seventh."
Id finally redeemed myself since 67, he said. Sometimes you
gotta wait a long time for it to come back, you know?
Strong pitching enables Fire to end losing streak - "Duran,
a former Santa Clara University (Calif.) pitcher who spent this past
season at San Jose City College, was making his first appearance for
Alaska. He allowed all of the AIA runs and hits, while striking out
two, hitting two batters and walking one in 5 1/3 innings. He was
supported, though, by two double plays. He had pretty good
stuff. He was just a little ... I think hes going to be pretty
good, Gloyd said.
Goldpanners pull out unlikely extra-inning win
against Fire - The best hitting
performance for the Panners came from a player who was questionable
to even start the game. After blocking a pitch with his right hand
Tuesday, catcher Trent Diedrich showed he was playing at full
strength by belting a three-run homer in the bottom of the second.
The other Alaska catcher to get hurt Tuesday, Jeremy Gillan, had a
home run of his own, a solo shot in the seventh.
Photo Journal: Midnight Sun Game "The stadium was adorably
cute and small-town. No big bleachers, no bag checks or metal
detectors to walk through. Heck, I saw people pulling in wagons
and mixing up margaritas during the game."
Ira and Mary Watts:
Summer solstice - "Summer Solstice in Alaska is a big deal
as the day is almost 22 hours long and during the other two
hours it is still daylight. It never really gets dark. After the
downtown festival Mary & I went to see the 103rd annual Midnight
Sun Baseball game played entirely without artificial lighting.
The game was a lot of fun and we enjoyed every minute of it.
2008 Goldpanners: Tim Gloyd - Shawn
Epidendio Nate Anderson Nick Ciolli Steven Davis Jake
Dunning Trent Diedrich Jeremy Gillan Jason Hamel Jonathan
Harmston Ryan Heroy Cameron Litzenberger Matt Maggiolo Nigel
Morton Thomas Myers Jon Pokorny Ryan Robowski Bryan Tapley
The San Diego Padres have
agreed to terms with first-round pick Allan Dykstra (05)
for about $1.4 million.
The As have now signed 16 of the 50 players
that they drafted last week, including Matt Fitts (05),
details to come
Blogger Jake Rehm is moving to Fairbanks from Okanogan,
Washington, where he just earned a Master's in Sports
Administration, with an emphasis on Christianity and its
sociological implications to sport. Planning to attend
MSG. I'll try to get him on our broadcast
Hear Haycraft (June 14,1966) "Col. Haycraft said there were
three ways Fairbanksans could help the Goldpanner program. "You
can buy season tickets which are $25 for 46 games (Only $35
now.. Just $10 increase in 42 years!); you can help provide
housing for the players and you can help in finding jobs for the
players while they are here."
Brent Wyatt's large extended family has been the greatest influence
on his play throughout his life. His family is (left to right)
Tyler, Grandma Helen Hernandez, Kristen, mother Tally, Brent, father
Kevin, girlfriend Mikaela Lamb, Laurel, Kylie, Michael and (not
pictured) Heidi Brower.
Ian Abbott/Daily Record
Media helps sell the Humboldt "Crabbies" "In the
mid-1960s, I saw the Crabs play the Alaska semi-pro teams that are
featured in a "Sports Illustrated" story this week. The Goldpanners
and Glacier Pilots would visit Humboldt County. The Crabs would
spend time playing up in Alaska. If you read the "SI" story, you'll
find it interesting that the Crabs were a featured opponent in the
famous "Midnight Sun" game that the Goldpanners play to celebrate
the Summer Solstice."
6/10/8: Three local
ballplayers made team from tryouts on Sunday!
Nigel Morton - College of Eastern Utah - Fairbanks
Zak Scott - Green River Community - Fairbanks
to Alaska wood"Our
outfielders play extremely shallow," Garcia said. "Eight out
of 10 balls are hit in front of them, not over their head.
We need all eight balls that are hit in front of them in the
air to be caught. The two over their head we don't care
about. 6/10/8: Stanford (Gaylord, Clauson) Advances to
signed a contract with the Houston Astros Saturday night at his
Russellville home. Holloway, a 6-3, 230-pound left-hander from
St. Petersburg (Fla.) College, was selected by the Astros as the
10th pick of the 10th round, the 302nd pick overall, of the
Major League Baseball Draft on Friday.
Google Books: Game of My Life
By Lew Freedman "One summer while playing for the Cougars,
(Vance) Law played in the Alaska Baseball League with the
Fairbanks Goldpanners. The team hosts the wackiest baseball game
in the world - The Midnight Sun game - contested on June 21 each
year, starts at 10:30 pm, but the team never turns on the
"That's a fond memory," Law said. "I couldn't believe it. We
were playing the Midnight Sun game with no lights on at
midnight. It was dusk. It was kind of cloudy. It wasn't real
clear. I've got a Sports Illustrated, and there's a picture in
the centerfold with a silhouette against the background. It
shows me there against that midnight sun." (Game of My Life, p.
Draft Day Two: 10th Rd. - Jarred Holloway (07) - 302 HOU
11th Rd. - Justin Fitzergald (08R) - 327 SF
16th Rd. - Matt Fitts (05) - 484 OAK
22nd Rd. - Chris Schwinden (06) - 674 NYM
26th Rd. - Brent Wyatt (07) - 793 DET
50 - Dylan Lightell - 1493 AT
Gary Henderson, Marshall Sele, Bill Mosiello
6/6/8: Gary Henderson
Promoted to U. Kentucky head coach "I am very excited to
be named the Kentucky baseball coach," Henderson said. I
look forward to getting back to work at cementing UK's
position among the elite programs in the nation."
(74-75-76-77) Inducted into CCCAA Hall of Fame
THE BEST SPORTS ILLUSTRATED COVERAGE SINCE 1979:
The Alaska Pipeline "A
rugged, no-frills league in the Last Frontier State has funneled
almost 400 college players to the majors and kept fans in
Fairbanks up late each June with its quirky Midnight Sun Game "
The Ultimate Summer Road Trip (Begins in Fairbanks!)
"But the price of gas (very high) will be offset by the price of
food and tickets (cheap to all-you-can-eat/free, respectively).
Most importantly, it will all be worth it when you can say you
ventured from Alaska on June 21 -- site of the Alaska League's
legendary Midnight Sun Game -- and then crisscrossed the
country, making it to New Orleans in time for Labor Day."
6/3/8: Dustin Garneau
Leads Fullerton Past UCLA -
Garneau broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double in the bottom of
the fourth inning, then walked with the bases loaded in the
fifth to force Wilson home and give the Titans a 5-3 advantage.
6/3/8: New Videos Posted to YouTube!
Marlins director of scouting Stan Meek (73) received a contract
extension through 2011. Meek joined the Marlins in 2002 and is
in his 18th season of professional scouting.
6/2/8: Jake Dunning (08R) Indiana Infielder Added to
Collecting his 11th RBI
in the past five games, Jason Lane sent the
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees home winners Friday night,
crushing a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 10th
inning for a 5-4 win at PNC Field. It was his second homer in as
many days, and his third since Sunday.
Jeremy Gillan (08) Second Team All-A Sun Conference
Catcher - Added to Roster
5/24/8: Matt Fitts
Host Warriors Roll Big in World Series Opener With 19-0 Triumph
"Matt Fitts, who returned to LCSC for his junior season despite
being drafted in the 15th round by the Houston Astros, checked
Embry-Riddle on one hit through four innings. With the game in
hand, LCSC coach Ed Cheff pulled Fitts to save him for later in
5/23/8: Marc Kaiser (02)
Making his way back with Silver Sox "Leonard said if Kaiser gets his
mental game squared away he expects the scouts to come calling, but the
26-year-old pitcher said he tries to keep those thoughts off his mind.
"That's out of my control," Kaiser said. "That type of thinking and worrying
got me to where I am now. I just need to let the game take care of itself.
If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. That's the biggest lesson I've
learned over the last four years is just be yourself and let people judge
you the way they want to judge you."
5/23/8: Alan Regier
New duties for Alan Regier "Regier, the former director of player
development, will shift to scouting at all levels. Those tasks once
were filled by Wilder, who was fired along with two scouts in an ongoing
federal investigation to determine whether they skimmed money from signing
bonuses to Latin American players, according to a Major League Baseball
Brandon Harmon: Harmon finishes his career as a
four-year letter winner and the GU all-time appearance record holder.
The native of Spokane is a two-time Alll-WCC honorable mention honoree,
after earning the accolade during the 2006 and 2007 campaigns. Harmon
recently set a Bulldog record for career appearances as he has seen time
on the mound in 83 games to-date. He also ranks in the innings pitched
top-ten, where he currently stands in ninth place with 268.2 IP. The
right hander is also tied for fifth in the single season saves list with
five during the 2005 season.
right-handed pitcher Jonathan Kountis (07) headlined the All-
AMC South Division Second Team after finishing the season with a
A's shortstop Bobby Crosby (99)
notched his sixth three-hit game of the season in Wednesday's
9-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, and it seems he's likely to
stay in the No. 2 spot in the batting order for the time being.
5/20/8: Terry Francona
Emotions run deep for Francona, Lester "Through
everything I've been through, he's been like a second dad to
me," Lester said. "Just being able to talk to him not as a
manager but as a friend, he cares a lot about his players.
It's not just about what you can do on the field, it's what
type of person you are and he cares a lot about that."
When informed by the media that Lester referred to him as a
second dad, Francona's eyes looked like they could have
gotten moist again without much prodding. "I take that as a
huge compliment," Francona said."
5/18/8: New Yorker critic places
Adams at forefront of American experimental music
- "It was surprising to find a story in The New Yorker
magazine in which a prominent music critic manages to
mention John Luther Adams, the Alaska Goldpanners, Fred
Meyer, Gordon Wright, John Haines, the Fairbanks Symphony
and the University of Alaska Museum of the North within the
same tale. Adams and his wife, Cindy, who runs the Internet
business GrantStation, are both members of the community
board of directors of the Alaska Goldpanners. When they go
shopping at Fred Meyer, the all-purpose store in town, they
are peppered with questions about the state of the team,
Dustin Garneau (07) was 3-for-3 with three RBI
as No. 12 Cal State Fullerton defeated visiting Cal Poly 12-9 in the
final game of the three-game set Sunday
Ed Cheff Named Region Coach of the Year ; Panner Honors "One of the
strengths of this season's Warrior team is their impressive pitching staff.
Warrior pitchers claimed four of the five spots on the All-Region team
reserved for men on the mound. Junior right-hander Matt Fitts is 10-0
on the season and led the region in strikeouts. Michael Guerrero, a junior
left-hander, led the region with 1.93 ERA thanks in large part to a personal
shutout streak of 31 innings that he enjoyed during the season."
5/11/8: Ryan Scoma
(08) "Ryan Scoma had two hits and drove in three runs for UC Davis, but UC
Riverside scored five runs over the seventh and eighth innings, and held on
for a 7-6 victory over the Aggies in the opening game of a Big West
Conference baseball series at the Sports Complex Friday night. "
5/11/8: Matt Newman (08)
pitches #3 ASU past #10 Wichita State "Newman allowed
only one run on five hits during his 6.2 innings of work,
picking up his first collegiate victory in the process. Mike
Leake pitched the final 2.1 innings, coming on to pitch
after playing stellar defense at short and picked up his
first save of the season and second of his career."
"Allan Dykstra, 1B, Wake Forest: Hitting .329/.532/.665
with 14 homers, 56 walks, 34 strikeouts in 155 at-bats, OPS about +38
compared to context. Not much protection in the lineup for him, no one
else on his team has slugged higher than .447, but he's still managed to
Donny Baarns (07
Broadcaster) Picked up by the Visalia Oaks to join
broadcasting team for the 2008 season! 2007
Goldpanners broadcast partner Jimmy still slated to return
to Fairbanks at this point.
Playing like Gold - Yuba college cruises to sixth-straight win"The win
was the 49ers' 10th in their last 12 games. "They're playing really well,"
said Yuba coach Tim Gloyd. "I'd like to start the season right now."
5/6/8: Marc Kaiser
Signs with Reno Silver Sox ""It's great to have Marc as a member of the
Silver Sox, although I would be surprised if he lasted very long before a
major league team comes calling"
5/6/8: Adam Kennedy
Kennedy still distancing himself from 2007 "Kennedy is still waiting for
the day when La Russa makes him an everyday lineup fixture. Kennedy batted
.329 heading into an eight-game trip for the surprise NL Central leaders
after getting two hits, two walks and two RBIs in Sunday's 5-3 win over the
Cubs, yet he started only four games in a 6-3 homestand. The
left-handed hitting Kennedy is 5-for-11 against left-handers, but Aaron
Miles and Brendan Ryan have gotten the starts."
5/5/8: Dave Winfield (71-72)
Is Winfield Following
Kingman? (1972) "So in only 12 official
at-bats this seahe pace Kingman established in '69 when he clubbed
seven home runs in a total of 64 times at bat. "We've known all along what
Winfield's capable of doing with the bat," said manager Jim Dietz "and
that's why we've tried to work him into the lineup occasionally." "He'll
play more and more in the outfield as the season progresses, but whether
he'll ever become a full-time outfielder, it's hard to say at this time." -
The Answer? Um, yes.
5/4/8: The Sporting News: Ex-Goldpanners
Seaver and Frisella Strike it Rich with New York Mets (1967) "Seaver
and Frisella recall happily their days in Alaska with the Goldpanners.
"Alaska is something else," said Seaver. "You can't realize what a
magnificient place it is unless you have been there. And it's a lot
different than most people picture it. I can remember waking up one night at
3 o'clock. I saw the sun coming through the windows and my first thought was
that I'd overslept and blown my job."
1965 "the strongest pitching staff ever assembled in
John Stewart, Al Schmelz (MLB), Rich Johnson, Dan Frisella (MLB), Andy
Messersmith (MLB) ; Not pictured: George Mies, Tom Seaver (MLB), John Herbst,
Steve Barber, Mike Paul (MLB)
5/4/8: Dave Gassner (00 MVP)
Now Pitching For York Revolution
early April, Gassner, who started 26 games for the Rochester Red Wings last
season, signed on with the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League's
Liberty Division. Shortly after agreeing to play the 2008 season with
the Riversharks, Gassner packed his bags for the Pacific, signing on with a
team in Taiwan and prompting Camden to release him. The move overseas
didn't pan out for personal reasons, and Gassner returned to the states an
Atlantic League free agent." (On same team as 1999 Panner Jason Aspito)
1964 Midnight Sun Game Pregame
Emmitt Wilson, Eskimo Dancer, Sam Suplizio, Red Boucher
LAUGHS AT WHAMMY - Sam Suplizio joined
in the fun as he was taught an Eskimo dance Saturday night. The dance,
and "whammy" which Goldpanner manager Red Boucher hoped to put on
Suplizio and his Grand Junction Eagles, didn't work. The Eagles, after a
ride on the riverboat Discovery, found they had the superior "medicine"
to overcome Boucher's voodoo. Visiting teams have repeatedly defeated
the Goldpanners after a trip on the Discovery which has become a regular
part of the visiting team's schedule. News-miner Staff Photo
5/3/8: Beau Mills (06)
Mills looms large
"On Monday, those walls were transformed from ball-swatting demons to
harmless spectators by Cleveland Indians prospect Beau Mills. Mills hit a
grand slam and a two-run homer to lift the Kinston Indians to a 10-5
Carolina League victory over Salem."
4/24/8: Harold Reynolds
Harold Reynolds to join SNY Radio "Harold Reynolds, formerly
of the Alaska Goldpanners, Seattle Mariners and ESPN, and
currently of MLB.com, has joined SNY as a part-time studio analyst,
the network will announce this morning. "
"Bizarre to think
of Astros farmhand Jason Lane (96-97) in Yankee
pinstripes, but he is certainly making a play to GM Brian
Cashman. With 6 homers and 10 RBI in his first 67 at bats in
triple A, all signs point to an early call to the Bigs for
Jason Lane. Positionally blocked by a hundred high priced
offensive foot-soldiers, Lane will have to prove he is more than
a stopgap outfielder or platoon consideration to pierce New
Yorks veteran, all-star laden lineup of regulars."
Louis Cardinals on Wednesday activated infielder Brendan
Ryan (02) from the 15-day disabled list and recalled him from
a rehab assignment at Class AA Springfield of the Texas
- I posted Father's Obit on Augie's Page, who is doing just fine
in Alabama (sorry!)
(05) went 3-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBIs. Both of his
home runs were three-run shots. The 5-6-7 hitters for Vero Beach
were a combined 10-for-19, with Stewart doing the majority of
the RBI damage.
Lewis-Clark Sets NAIA Record with 51 inning scoreless pitching
the second game, which saw LCSC earn its 40th win of the season for
the 31st time in coach Ed Cheff's 32 seasons at helm, the Warriors
used a six-run second inning to take an 7-0 lead. The
impressive streak was continued by LCSC pitchers Michael Guerrero
(07) and Blaine Hardy in the opener."
Attending the 2008 Midnight Sun Game:
Nick from "More
Indie Than Your Cat," Covering the game for print and radio
- "I want the ideas for stories to be good enough to put on the air.
But one thing they all lack is a reflection. Why would I be telling
the story of the Midnight Sun Game? Yes it is an interesting event,
and maybe there are some unique players, but how does this game
connect to the human experience. Is it Fairbanks attempt at
recapturing something long lost since the good ole days? Is the game
one of pure sport that doesnt have the pressure professional
athletes have? If someone figures this one out, please give me a
heads up so I can send an email and try to cover it while Im up
there." (Are you planning on attending? Let us know!
Is it for media? Let us help!)
Partial List of Attendees (under
(66-67-08) Starting Pitcher for Goldpanners
4/15/8: Ty Van
Van Burkleo hitting stride with A's ""He's
probably my favorite hitting coach I've ever had," said Bobby Crosby (99),
who went 9-for-29 (.310) with a home run and six RBIs in the first
seven games of the trip. "He's just got a lot of energy, he's always
really positive. ... He's great to work with." Van Burkleo, who
played professionally for 14 years -- including five in Japan, where
he was named the league's player of the year in 1988 -- but logged
only 38 at-bats in the Majors, joined the A's after serving as the
Angels' roving hitting instructor for the previous six years. Before
that, he spent four years in the Diamondbacks organization."
4/13/8: Tim Gloyd -
49rs Double Their Fun
"Zack Vawter-Scroggins has made the Yuba College baseball team all
but unbeatable when he is on the mound. The freshman allowed one
earned run in 8 2/3 innings to lead the 49ers (13-20, 8-11) to a 9-2
Bay Valley Conference victory at Solano on Saturday. Adrian Perez
got the final out. It was their fourth win in five games. "He was
outstanding," Yuba coach Tim Gloyd said of his young starter, who
enduced five ground ball double plays."
Crosby powers A's over Indians
Bobby Crosby snapped Oakland's five-game homerless streak with a
three-run blast in the seventh inning, just the second ball the A's
have hit out in nine games.
(07) led all Titans with three RBI on the night, with a
third-inning bases-loaded clearing double down the left field
starter Justin Lehr had a perfect game with one out in the
eighth inning when Jason Lane
(96-97) Lehrs teammate at the University of Southern
California ruined the milestone by crushing a solo home run just
under the scoreboard in left field.
Jonathan Kountis (07) AMC Pitcher of the Week -
Kountis, a 6-3 sophomore
right-hander from Akron , Ohio , is the AMC Pitcher of the Week. He
hurled a complete game to knock off Walsh, 4-1.
In seven innings pitched, Kountis allowed an unearned run on four
hits with 12 strikeouts and no walks. ODU improved to 17-7 overall
and 6-0 AMC"
New Hampshire Fisher Cats - Aaron
Mathews (03), playing center field,
served as leadoff hitter and promptly singled to start the game.
Mathews got off to a great start last season and made the Eastern
League All-Star Game. //
Jeroloman (04), a catching prospect, batted second to give
NH a lefty stick atop the lineup. He warmed up his bat with a
kerosene heater before the game, then knocked in the Fishers' first
run with an infield single in the fifth.
4/7/8: Jason Aspito (99)
Not quite on Revolution's
level - "The chances of a guy making the club out of a tryout
are not great, but there are always guys who go to open tryouts and
show they do deserve a chance." One of those guys this time year ago
was Aspito. Out of pro ball at the start of 2007, by midseason
Aspito was an integral part of the Revs' lineup, before getting hurt
toward the end of the year. And it all started at a tryout camp.
"I was a six-year free agent, and nobody picked me up," Aspito said,
"and I didn't know if anyone knew I was available, (so) my dad said
'why don't you go to the Northern League tryouts.' So I fly down to
"I packed one bag with all my baseball gear. It gets sent to New
York. I'm in Tampa. I'm wearing almost the same thing (blue jeans
and a long-sleeved shirt), only I have flip-flops on, so I missed
the first tryout. (The bag) arrived the next day. "But it wasn't a
bad thing, because I got to talk to scouts and some other baseball
people. Got a call a week later, they said 'we'd like to sign you.'"
Aspito flipped his Northern League opportunity into a gig later in
the season with York and batted .312 in 54 games with the Revs,
smacking 11 home runs and driving in 32. "The guys who love playing
are going to go to these things," Aspito said. "I think they come
out of it respecting what we do a little more than when they came
New York Times: Introduction to Fairbanks "Fairbanks is
Alaska's second-largest city now, with a population of about 30,000
in the city limits and 82,000 in the greater metropolitan area, but
it has never learned to put on airs. It sprawls, broad and flat,
along big highways and the Chena. It's a friendly, easygoing town,
but one where people still take gold and their independence
4/5/8: David Gassner
(00) ; Jason Phillips
Riverhawks sign ex-major leaguers "The Camden Riversharks
completed three deals this week that bring eight seasons of combined
Major League experience to the club. First baseman-catcher Jason
Phillips, lefthanded starter Dave Gassner and outfielder Chris
Walker agreed to terms and will join the Riversharks in 2008."
(95) spectacular defensive play helped the St. Louis Cardinals'
injury-depleted rotation complete a dominating opening week.
(98), designated hitter Chris Snelling and catcher Jason
Jaramillo, who each hit home runs to lead the IronPigs to a 6-2
triumph. Cervenak's came first when the tracer he lined
over the fence in left-center field with nobody on in the second
inning took no longer than 3 seconds to leave the park.
(00) earns the "perfect award" for having appeared in three
games to face one batter in each game and having struck out all
4/4/8: Brad Davis (03)
Mudcats open 2008 campaign - "We're
all here because we love this game," Mudcats catcher Brad Davis
said. "We had five months off of not being able to play it. It's
back. It's the season again. We're ready to have some real
competition, have fans in the stands and ready to compete again."
PEPP: 23 Jonathan Harmston:
1.35ERA, 0-0W/L, 6.2IP, 11K, 7BB
LCSC: Paul Martin: .389BA,
26G, 90AB, 35H, 29RBI, 10BB, 14HBP
LCSC: Cameron Litzenberg:
KENT: 2 Chris Tremblay:
.286BA, 21G, 84AB, 7RBI
KENT: 27 Jon Porkony: 4.50ERA,
0-2W/L, 14IP, 9K, 20BB
WIN: 17 John Murrian: .266BA,
23G, 79AB, 9RBI
ISTATE: Nick Ciolli: .307BA,
49G, 179AB, 55H, 7HR, 35RBI, 17BB
Defensive moves don't help Braves - Resop moved to left field
while left-hander Royce Ring (00) struck out Adam LaRoche,
but Resop returned to the mound to give up Nady's go-ahead single.
4/4/8: Mid-Season Statistics
4/3/8: Jason Giambi (90)
Giambi wants to prove defensive might "I love to be on the
field," Giambi said on Wednesday. "That's why I've never been a fan
of the DH. You're a part of the game and a part of the team."
The 37-year-old Giambi, playing the final year of his contract, has
convinced manager Joe Girardi that he will hold up to the rigors of
everyday duty in the field. "
Mike Cervenak (98) feasted on
one of Carrascos lone mistakes of the evening in the second
inning, drilling a fastball that got up in the zone over the
wall to give the IronPigs a 1-0 lead.
Pictures added to Tom Seaver
Thanks to Ed Kopec, Seaver & Goldpanners Superfan
Stonecipher (07) followed with a gargantuan home run,
making it a one-run ball game. "That was the longest home
run Ive seen at this level, Abshier said. It hit the side of
an apartment building about 40 feet beyond the left field
Pitchers Push off the Rubber, Right?
Wrong! Says Mechanics Guru Lyle Olsen
By Bob Cluck
To the naked eye, it
seems that pitchers push off the rubber with their back foot. This
apparent observation formed the basis for pitching instruction for
decades. But mechanics guru Lyle Olsen, effectively disproved this
long-held theory with the aid of high speed film in 1971. A
pitcher's rear leg bends at an angle that remains constant until the
ball is released. If there were a push, the leg would straighten or
extend. The truth is that the violent rotation of the hips and trunk
"pulls" the back foot off the rubber. When you try to push off the
rubber, it simply causes you to rush the delivery and throw uphill.
"Pro BASEBALL's Draft Threatening Goldpanner Roster
// North of the Range BASEBALL Finished The North of the Range
BASEBALL league is dead and the Fairbanks 49ers, winners of last
year's range tournament, are now playing softfaall. Word of the
"death" of the North of the Range league, formerly including the
49ers, the Ft. Wainwright Rangers and Brigadiers, the Eielson
Outlaws and the Ft. Greely Bisons, was reported Wednesday by 49er
manager Craig Resser."
College: Bill Mosiello
(89) Assistant Coach with Auburn
College: Ryan Strain
(01) Assistant Coach with UNC
(80-81) Head Coach with Dodge City CC and Dodge City A's Summer
Club // Advanced to MLB with
Chicago (NL) and San Diego. Elected to the National
College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. Named top thee best
College players ever by Collegiate Baseball and top ten ever by
Baseball America. Member of Guthrie HS Hall of Fame, Wichita
Sports Hall of Fame, WSU Hall of Fame, and Missouri Valley
Conference Hall of Fame. Currently Head Coach at Dodge City CC.
(04) had a big day against the Twins on Sunday with a double,
two singles, a walk and two RBIs. At long last, Toronto is
developing several homegrown catching prospects, with Jeroloman
already regarded as the top defensive catcher in the system.
Over two pro seasons, he has hit .253, but scouts expect his bat
to improve. Baseball America says he has the best strike-zone
discipline of any player in the Jays organization.
(98) Brought in by the Phillies to bolster the middle of the
lineup for their new Triple-A team, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Ryan (02) injured his side diving into third base earlier
this week. Ryan will have a bone scan taken Saturday to see if
any of his ribs are fractured. He said he feels pain when he
coughs or shifts his torso. Manager Tony La Russa said Saturday
"there is doubt about" Ryan's readiness for Opening Day, as
injuries like this can take "five days, 15 days, longer" to
heal. Ryan seems to backup every position on the infield for the
Cardinals. This injury might open a roster spot for D'Angelo
Dave Gassner (00 MVP) has signed with Cincinnati
and is likely to pitch for the Louisville Bats
Players strike over Japan trip averted at last minute "Hutson
Street said that striking was a "serious option" at one point, and
there is no doubt that once aware of the issue, the A's players were
firmly behind the cause. "I think it's weak," shortstop Bobby Crosby
(99) said before the team vote. "I didn't know they weren't getting
paid. That's incredible. It's not the right thing."
Steve Wilson (84)
- Found! Advanced to
the major leagues with Texas, Chicago (NL) and Los Angeles
(NL). Played for Kaohsiung-Pingtung Fala in the Taiwanese
Baseball Association in 1997-98. He currently runs a
restaurant in Tainan, Taiwan, and is a professional scout for
Chicago and Philadelphia.
Bret Boone (88), who
had been in retirement the last two years, is a long shot to
make the team, but he is still determined to show he can be a
starter. He is trying to get used to hitting breaking balls.
Starting Wednesday, Boone will get at-bats in Minor League
optioning Joe Mather on Monday appears to clear
the way for Brendan Ryan (02), whose only remaining
competition appears to be non-roster infielder.
Ryan remains frustrating to a manager who admires
his talent but questions his judgment. Tuesday's game against
the Braves offered an illuminating example. Ryan made a
sprawling stop behind second base, scrambled to his feet to trap
Martin Prado off third, then threw wildly before Prado made a
move either way. However, Ryan has taken twice as many
at-bats (36) as Jimenez and as many as projected starting
shortstop Cesar Izturis.
"The A's told him yesterday that he will be
traveling with the team to Japan. Not sure yet if that
means he'll make the club, but it definitely means
that they like him and the way he's played this
spring! The team leaves on Wednesday night.
Take care and thanks again for your continued
support of Brooks. He still says his Goldpanner days
were some of the very best of his baseball memories!"
(99-00) hit a three-run home run and drove in five runs as the
Oakland Athletics pounded the San Diego Padres, 9-3
Beau Mills (06),
selected by the Indians with the 13th overall pick in last
year's June Draft, was reassigned to the minor league camp.
He went 4-for-20 (.200), with two home runs, four RBIs, four
walks and four strikeouts.
"He made a strong
impression. At this time last year, he was halfway through his
college season. He was impressive with the bat and came in here
and handled himself like a total pro. Now he needs to go out and
play." Wedge said Mills will play first and third in the
minors. He's still recovering from an injury to his right
shoulder suffered playing third base in college. The injury
didn't require surgery, but still needs to be rehabilitated.
When the Indians feel Mills' throwing shoulder is at full
strength, they'll make a decision to play him at third or
(05) scored on a mishandled ground ball in the bottom of the
ninth to give Wake Forest a 4-3 victory over Maryland on Sunday
(00) "Reasons I'm rooting for Royce Ring
to make it into the Braves bullpen: 1. We need a designated
LOOGY (Lefty One Out Guy). 2. Will Ohman scares me. 3.
He's really cute! Looks a little like Scott Caan, no?"
3/15/8: Ed Cheff
When you play for Ed Cheff, 'winning is like breathing' "It's a
completely different atmosphere,'' Woods said of playing for Cheff.
Adam acknowledged that the mental part of the game is heavily
stressed "because if you're mentally weak, the skills don't matter."
"You've got to be thick-skinned," he added. " You can't be soft and
play for him.'' Cheff believes it's the mentally tough team that
prevails in the end."
3/15/8: Brendan Ryan
Ryan bids farewell to Dodgertown with flourish "The
Cardinals hyper-kinetic infielder was at second base when pitcher
Greg Jones uncorkeed a pitch that ricocheted off
his catcher and up the first baseline. (Right toward the Cardinals
uncovered, no-roof dugout a signature feature here at Dodgertown
beloved by the ballplayers for the baking sun and the fact fans can
reach out and tap them on the back for an autograph.) Ryan didnt
hesitate, wheeling around third and beating a throw home. Thats
one of the nice things Brendan brings to the club, manager
Tony La Russa said. Brings good legs and hes aggressive
when he runs.
Junior Allan Dykstra
leads the ACC in four offensive categories: runs (23), home runs
(five), walks (20) and on-base percentage (.577).
Royce Ring (00)
took the hill for the Braves today after a rain-threatened game
caused Bobby Cox to pull Tim Hudson from the starting role.
He allowed one run and three hits in two innings of work to earn
(98) Sent to Phillies minor league camp. ... "Mike
Cervenak told us this winter how much he had gotten out of his
baseball career, which includes starring at the University of
Michigan and playing in Holland, Alaska, Korea and Venezuela in
addition to nine minor league seasons. I can only imagine
how the 31-year-old infielder, who started as a pro in 1999 and
part of 2000 at Chillicothe, OH in the Frontier League, must be
struggling to keep that positive outlook today after he was sent
to Philadelphia's minor league camp, especially with three weeks
remaining in spring training. The Phillies aggressively pursued
Cervenak when he was a free agent this winter, but from watching
the box scores he got only limited at-bats this spring before
getting the minor league assignment. Cervenak had lifted his
career average to .295 with a solid '07 season at Triple-A
Norfolk, VA when he led the International League with hits
(157), games (140) and at-bats (554). Even his 15 home runs--138
for his career--and 78 runs batted in did not seem to carry much
weight. So Cervenak continues looking for his first regular
season major league game, as does southpaw Brian Mazone, who was
in the same round of cuts made by Philadelphia. Righthander Brad
Ziegler was an early cut from Oakland. Mazone is a graduate of
Joliet, IL (Northern League) and Zion, UT (Western League) while
Ziegler played Indy baseball for Schaumburg, IL (Northern).
Billy Crystal (right) hangs out with Jason Lane and A-Rod in the
Yankees' dugout Thursday. (Billy struck out in his only AB)
3/13/8: Greg Dobbs (00)
Dobbs finds a niche with versatility, bat "Dobbs made a name for
himself with the Phillies last season, taking a prominent role off
the bench and in the clubhouse. The 29-year-old hit .272 with 55
RBIs and 10 home runs. His sixth-inning grand slam at Shea Stadium
on Sept. 16 off Jorge Sosa put a stamp on a sweep of the New York
3/12/8: Tim Gloyd
Gloyd fires off full staff assault "When a baseball team resorts
to throwing nine pitchers in a game, it usually means they're on the
losing end of a blowout. The move paid off as the nine Yuba hurlers
combined to allow one earned run and didn't walk a single batter in
a 7-3 victory."
3/12/8: Allan Dykstra
Wake Forest Comes Back to Beat Charlotte, 15-12
"Wake trailed 10-1 in the bottom of the fifth
when Allan Dykstra stroked a two-run homer, his fifth of the season,
as part of a three-run outburst."
3/12/8: Michael Guerrero
(07) Guerrero threw the first complete-game shutout on the road
since 2000 for Lewis-Clark State College and three pitchers combined
on an eight-hitter in the second game to help the Warriors sweep a
doubleheader against the College of Idaho by scores of 10-0 and 8-3
in Caldwell on Tuesday. The sweep stretched LCSC's win streak
to 11 games.
3/8/8: Eddie Bane (82), Floyd Bannister
Bane and Bannister Inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame"Eddie Bane and Floyd
Bannister, two of the greatest pitchers to ever wear a Sun Devil
uniform, have been named to the 2008 induction class for the College
Baseball Hall of Fame, the College Baseball Foundation announced
3/8/8: Allan Dykstra homered twice, and
four Wake Forest pitchers collected 15 strikeouts in a 13-11 victory
over Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener
3/7/8: Beau Mills (06)
Mills sees action in Indians Spring Training Games Big fly:
Infielder Beau Mills, the Indians' No. 1 pick in
2007, is hitting .429 (3-for-7) in six games this spring. He hit his
first homer, a two-run shot over the right-field fence, in the sixth
inning on Thursday. "He's making an impression," Wedge said. "He's
advanced. He's strong. He knows the game, you can tell that by
having a conversation with him." Mills is playing first and third
base. The Indians want him to continue to work on his defense.
(02) Cardinals Diaspora "Brendan Ryan obviously has ADHD. In
the workouts for the evening game, Ryan did not stop running
his mouth one second, and he was always at least one stretch
behind the rest of the players. I had an interesting
conversation with one of Brendan Ryans old HS coaches, Dave
Kramer. The gentleman was extremely friendly and had lots of
good things to say about Ryan. He called Brendan a very
intense kid who was very dedicated to playing baseball.
When I asked him about Brendans supposed lack of focus (see
ADHD comment above), he made it clear that Brendan is a
smart kid, but it is all in how you approach him to get him
to understand what you want. Kramer commented that Ryan
had a really strict and intense college coach ('hefe),
but said that Ryan needed that type of structure. He thinks
that TLR is at no loss for intensity and thinks that is good
for Ryan. Brendan played 2nd base in HS, and Kramer said
that he never had a 2nd baseman play for him like Brendan
did. He did say that Brendan hasnt really changed much from
HS, besides the shaved head and getting a little skinnier.
He said, Yep, he still wears his socks up around his nose.
I guess hes not a fan of the socks. "
3/6/8: Quinn Stewart
Rays Review: Quinn Stewart "Rays farm director Mitch Lukevics describes him as a big strong kid with whack in his bat and athleticism. In his first full season, he had a 20-20 year, hitting .258 with 21 homers and 21 steals in 112 games at Class A Columbus last year, posting a .466 slugging percentage but striking out 122 times. But he also hit .471 in the playoffs to help lead the Catfish to the Sally League title."
Sports Collectors Digest: Summer collegiate leagues a unique hobby source (Ed Kobak) "Collecting summer collegiate baseball team and league card sets is very challenging. It is very much like pulling teeth to obtain these sets, which is an attraction to a true collector, unlike MLB-sponsored minor leagues and the independent league sets, which are rewarding to collect but are readily available for sale from teams and card dealers. On the whole, the Alaska League has been great for card collectors. "
Brooks Conrad (99-00)hit a home run, a double, single
and drove in three runs against the Giants
3/2/8: Beau Mills (06)
Big Beau "He's got some work to do," said Wedge. "His bat is
ahead of his glove, but we knew that. He's a smart kid, but then he
grew up in the game. You've got to love the way the ball comes off
Late inning blast lifts
LCSC over UW - Fitts (05) and Guerrero (07) combine for the win
; Tyler Cheney (06) takes the loss
3/1/8: Bobby Crosby (99)
Crosby's aim: Stay healthy "Throughout my whole life, I've never
really been injured," he said. "I wasn't injured in high school or
college or the minor leagues or my rookie year. These are just
things that happen in baseball that, to be honest, are unlucky."
2008 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
PLAYERS / PERSONNEL NRI2ST - Spring Training Non-Roster
2/26/8: Adam Gaylord
(Stanford) - Added to 2008
Three Goldpanners combine to give LC three hit shutout "Brian
Bird allowed one hit with two strikeouts in the fourth, while Max
Hibbs allowed one hit in his two innings with a strikeout. Michael
Guerrero pitched the final three innings and allowed one hit, but
struck out six. In all, LCSC pitchers struck out 12 in the game."
2/26/8: Joey Dunn
Huskies start season with a split "For Knutson, a real star of
the series was senior centerfielder Joey Dunn, who battled an injury
late last year but played in three games over the weekend, doing his
job offensively and defensively. He went 4-for-10 at the plate with
a homerun and three RBIs during the series, while also throwing out
runners trying to steal."
July 31, 1962
"Looking Forward - Red Boucher, manager of the state champion
Pan Alaska Gold Panners baseball team, expresses his
determination to take his team to Wichita, Ka., for the National
Baseball Congress tournament for semi-professional state
winners, which begins Aug. 17. Boucher has said that sending the
team will cost $7,500. A public subscription campaign has
been started here to raise the money, and nearly $2,000 has been
collected already. Boucher said the team should leave here
Aug. 13 if it plans to attend the tournament." (The team
DID go, and came within one run of winning the championship,
ending the season with a national second-place finish)
2/24/8: Joe Szekely (81)
Introduced as Princeton
Rays Head Coach (Tampa Bay)
2/24/8: Alan Regier
Minor League Cupboards Not Bare - "There are a handful of teams
out in front of everyone else, and the rest are trying to get to
that point," said White Sox farm director Alan Regier of his
supposedly depleted Minor League ranks. "When it comes down to it,
what's the difference between the team ranked 12 and the team
sitting at 29? "Are we exceptional right now? No. But we want to be
in the exceptional category, and there's no doubt we will be."
2/19/8: Brad Arnsberg
Ryan eyeing opening day "Brad Arnsberg turned his arm and
smiled, revealing a six-inch reminder of an operation he had
nearly two decades ago. A jagged scar arcs along the right
forearm of Toronto's pitching coach and ends near his elbow.
The mark is a remnant of Tommy John surgery -- an elbow ligament
replacement procedure that's become commonplace among pitchers.
It was still a relatively new surgery when Arnsberg went under
the knife in 1989, but a lot has changed in the years since.
That's one reason why Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan, who is
currently attempting a swift return from the same operation on
his left elbow, doesn't bear nearly as prominent of a scar as
"They're a lot prettier than they
used to be," Arnsberg said with a laugh.
2/18/8: Bret (88), Bob Boone
joins Bob in Washington "He went to spring training in 2006 with
the New York Mets but called it quits before playing in an
exhibition game. Looking back Monday, he said: "I was in no position
mentally to continue on at that point. I needed to walk away." Bob
and Bret talked about it two years ago. "He said, 'Dad, you won't
understand.' I said, '[You're] right, I won't understand. I mean,
who cares how you feel? This is baseball,'" the elder Boone
2/17/8: Allan Dykstra
Dykstra named to Golden Spikes watchlist "Wake Forest junior
first baseman Allan Dykstra has been named to the preseason
watch list for the 2008 Golden Spikes Award, as announced Friday
by USA Baseball. The award is presented annually to the premier
amateur baseball player. "
2/14/8: Harold Reynolds
Interview with Harold Reynolds (80) "I played with the
Alaska Goldpanners, which has a lot of history with good
ballplayers, so that looked good to a lot of scouts. Players
like Tom Seaver and Bob Boone played up there before me. It was
nice playing up there, a honor because so many great ballplayers
2/14/8: Bill Lee
(66-67) "Bill Lee said in answer to Jim Prime's question about
what had made him an eccentric replied, I used to play for the
Alaska Goldpanners, and when you play on permafrost, and it
warms and your centerfielder disappears, that leads to
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"Seaver played in 1964 and 1965, along with
Andy Messersmith, and Rick Monday, among others. So, they had
the first draftee, the first player to successfully challenge
the reserve clause and bring about free agency, and the HOFer
with the highest voting percentage from the BBWAA. Not just
outstanding teams, but teams with very historically significant
players on it.
And MLB teams should have such well-organized and navigable
sites as the Alaska Goldpanners! "
Emmitt Wilson thrown out at home for striking match
to protest darkness
1963 Team at Wichita
TRAVELING - The Goldpanners, now set up at the
Town House Motel in Wichita, Kans., while playing for the
National Baseball title, found various means to relax while
traveling across the western states. Bob Maxwell,
left, followed the trip with a road map while Mike Paul,
standing, would kibitz the card games in the center of the bus.
Curt Motten can be seen facing the camera while John
Herbst watches intently while sitting on the armrest across
2/8/8: Chris Zachgo
Delta Junction to state hockey championship "Zachgo
described Smith as a major role player -- in other words, much
like his teammates. "We don't have a bunch of snipers, we have a
bunch of hard workers," Zachgo said. "They grind it out. That's
how we win. That's exactly what happened tonight. Hard work got
Jim Brock lived for baseball in his final days "You might
wonder, why was it baseball for me?" he says. "Simple. No sport in
the world comes close to it.. Energized, ASU scores once
in the second, then blows the game open in the fourth. Catcher Todd
Cady (93) hits a two-run homer, and first baseman Damon Lembi
follows with a solo shot." JIM BROCK "I am making every effort to get our two best freshmen signed to a Fairbanks contract because I feel, at this time, Fairbanks is the best non-pro organization in the country." 2/4/8: 1984 Baseball
Schedule - Added
2/4/8: 1984 Season Roster
- "The Big List" Added
1983 Goldpanners - June Picture
Beau Mills (06) "It's
just my personal goal to get to Double-A or Triple A by the end of
1979, Broberg signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles
Dodgers, who gave him a choice of going to Triple-A or being
released. "I went home," Broberg said. "They still had
to pay me, and the Dodgers paid my way through law school."
Broberg went on to be a lawyer and now owns his own firm in
West Palm Beach."
It all starts with his 516-376-7 record, which ranks among state's
top 10 for coaching victories.
The Olsen legacy doesn't stop there. He's guided 11 Griffins into
the major leagues and helped an additional 355 players receive some
form of scholarship. Olsen will be inducted in the CCCBA Hall
of Fame on May 23 in Fresno, site of the state baseball
1/22/8: Brendan Ryan
Ryan still adjusting to MLB status "It doesn't seem real, to be
honest," Ryan said Friday night during the Cardinals Caravan stop at
Drury University's Weiser Gym. "People throw that 'big-leaguer'
title at you and, I don't know, it really hasn't set in."
Ryan, a seventh-round pick in 2003 from NAIA's Lewis and Clark
College in Idaho, has long been known to be scatterbrained and to
never stop talking. A high-energy type, his coaches called him in
1/8/8: Tyler Best
Added to Indiana Hoosier coaching staff "Tyler comes to us with
a strong background at an NAIA power in Lewis-Clark," Smith said.
"He has a track record of success and a winning attitude. As a
former collegiate and professional catcher, he will provide strong
coaching for our young catchers and will also be a key factor
working with our hitters.
As a player, Best was a 2004 NAIA
honorable mention All-American in his senior season.
He helped the team to national championships in both
2002 and 2003. He was also a member of the Alaska
Goldpanners team that won the National Baseball
Congress National Championship in 2002.
1/5/8: Adam Pettyjohn (96) Signed by Cincinnati to
1/3/8: Jeff DaVanon
(92-94) Signed with San Diego Padres to MiLB contract ; spring
"It was top-notch competition. It really helped sharpen my skills. I got to look at top pitching from different parts of the country." - Kevin McReynolds
"I knew if I wanted to improve as a player, I'd have to play against the best, and all the best go to Alaska. Of the many stepping stones on my path to the major leagues, the Alaska League was one of the largest." - Alvin Davis