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December 2015
Brandon Kintzler

KINTZLER JOINS TWINS, ADLEMAN GETS MLB SHOT

Independent Baseball Chatter – By Bob Wirz While it is still about six weeks until spring training camps open, American Association fans can start thinking about the news that will be coming out of Florida and Arizona because no less than a dozen of the league’s former players will be in major league camps. Ten...
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Chs Field

SAINTS’ CHS FIELD NAMED GREENEST NEW BALLPARK

St. Paul, Minn. – The 2015 season wrapped up three months ago, but the accolades continue to pour in for Ballpark Digest’s New Ballpark of the Year Award winner, CHS Field in Lowertown.  Prior to its opening, CHS Field was touted as The Greenest Ballpark in America.  That bold prediction came to fruition when CHS Field...
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HEALTHY HOLDZKOM FACED WITH BROTHER’S DEATH

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz John Holdzkom, who authored one of the American Association’s great stories in 2014 when he went from the league to the bullpen of the Pittsburgh Pirates in a matter of weeks, has been looking forward to a healthy start in the new season, but now must deal with...
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Smyth

WICHITA’S PAUL SMYTH HEADED TO ARIZONA

Durham, N.C. — The contract of Wichita Wingnuts RHP Paul Smyth was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization on Tuesday, the American Association announced. Smyth joined the Wingnuts in August 2015 from Somerset of the Atlantic League; in 12 relief appearances with Wichita, the 28-year-old earned 7 saves, going 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 12...
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MARLINS ADD LINCOLN’S DEXTER KJERSTAD

Durham, N.C. — The Miami Marlins have purchased the contract of Lincoln Saltdogs OF Dexter Kjerstad, the American Association announced on Friday. Kjerstad made an immediate impact after joining the Amarillo Thunderheads in July, hitting .300 with 11 home runs, 31 RBI and nine doubles. Despite playing in just 45 of his team’s 100 games, he...
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Gibbs

GIBBS, JOHNSON, BREBBIA CHOSEN IN RULE 5 DRAFT

Nashville, Tenn. — Three American Association alumni were chosen in the Triple-A phase of today’s Rule 5 Draft at the Baseball Winter Meetings: RHP John Brebbia,  C Micah Gibbs (pictured) and RHP Patrick Johnson. Brebbia (Sioux Falls ’14, Laredo ’15) was selected by St. Louis from Arizona, after having his contracted purchased by the Lemurs from the Diamondbacks in...
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Kc Ballpark

T-BONES TAKE STEPS FOR ADDITIONAL FAN SAFETY

Kansas City, Kan. – With the issue of fan safety becoming increasingly important throughout baseball, the Kansas City T-Bones and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City announced plans to extend the backstop netting at CommunityAmerica Ballpark for the 2016 season. Although the exact dimensions are still being discussed, the new netting should extend to...
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Gary

ANOTHER RAILCATS ROOKIE ON THE MOVE

Durham, N.C. — The contract of Gary SouthShore RailCats OF Anthony Cheky was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization on Wednesday, the league announced. Cheky joined the RailCats at the end of the 2015 season, appearing in three games and going 3-for-8 with a double and 3 RBI. Previously, the native of Portage, Ind., played...
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FORMER SALTDOG MCGILL CONTINUES CAREER

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz It is a well-known fact that not every Independent Baseball player who is signed by a major league organization actually gets to show off his skills in the glittering stadiums we all see on television.  That does not mean some of those who fall short of their original...
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