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November 2018
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DILLON THOMAS LEADS AMERICAN ASSOCIATION ALUMNI EARNING AFFILIATED PROMOTIONS

By Bob Wirz American Association grads now in major league organizations have been getting any number of promotions in recent days with the best perhaps that of last summer’s Texas AirHogs outfielder Dillon Thomas. (Photo Credit: Texas AirHogs) The lefty, at the ideal stage as a mid-20s guy (he turns 26 on December 10), after...
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Chs Field

CHS FIELD NAMED PRO BASEBALL “FIELD OF THE YEAR”

St. Paul, Minn – CHS Field opened in 2015 to rave reviews.  While the ballpark itself has received numerous awards across the sports landscape, one area has largely flown under the radar, until now. Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional association for 2,700 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide and are critical to the safety...
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Ian Mckinney

SIOUX CITY LEFTY McKINNEY OFF TO MARINERS ORGANIZATION

MOORHEAD, MINN. – The Seattle Mariners have purchased the contract of LHP Ian McKinney from the Sioux City Explorers, the American Association announced on Tuesday. McKinney is the 23rd American Association player to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization in 2018. (Photo Credit: Sioux City Explorers) McKinney joined the Explorers in July...
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Taylor Grover

DOGS’ CLOSER GROVER SNATCHED UP BY CINCINNATI REDS

MOORHEAD, MINN. – The Cincinnati Reds have purchased the contract of RHP Taylor Grover from the Chicago Dogs, the American Association announced on Tuesday. Grover is the 22nd American Association player to have his contract purchased by a Major League Baseball organization in 2018. (Photo Credit: Chicago Dogs) Grover joined the expansion Chicago club in...
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Greg Tagert

TAGERT’S COACHING TREE REACHES MLB WITH NEW GIGS FOR IAPOCE & HAINES

By Bob Wirz Greg Tagert has a whole den full of memories during nearly a quarter of a century as a baseball manager which have included nearly 1,500 regular-season victories, one string of getting his Gary SouthShore RailCats to the league’s championship series five consecutive years and various Manager of the Year awards. (Photo Credit:...
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Chris Martin

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION ALUMS SHINE IN MLB TOUR OF JAPAN

By Bob Wirz Major League Baseball’s goodwill tour of Japan ended with only one victory in six games, but don’t blame the trio of former American Association players on the 29-man roster who held up their end of things and gleaned a nice chunk of publicity at the same time. (Photo Credit: Dallas News, www.w3livenews.com) Reliever...
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Caleb Thielbar

THIELBAR, TOLS, McCANNA MOVE AHEAD WHILE FREE AGENT LIST GROWS WITH ASSOCIATION ALUMS

By Bob Wirz The annual fall cleanup of major league organizational rosters has made any number of former American Association players available as free agents although this ritual that takes place just after the World Series also tends to identify those who may have the best opportunity to eventually reach The Show, where both pride...
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Aagraphic

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2019 SCHEDULE, DIVISION ALIGNMENT

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The American Association has announced the 2019 regular season schedule on Wednesday. Each team will play a 100-game slate, with 50 home games and 50 road games. Opening Day for the league is set for Thursday, May 16 with four games on the slate. CLICK HERE FOR 2019 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE The...
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Trey Mcnutt

REDHAWKS’ McNUTT SOLD TO OAKLAND

MOORHEAD, MINN – The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have sold the contract of RHP Trey McNutt to the Oakland Athletics, the American Association announced. McNutt is the 21st player American Association player sold to a Major League organization in 2018. McNutt was 7-8 with a 5.21 ERA in 20 starts for the RedHawks in 2018. It was...
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Jd Scholten

FORMER EXPLORERS HURLER SCHOLTEN SWITCHES TO POLITICS, NEARLY PULLS UPSET

By Bob Wirz J.D. Scholten’s name has not been seen in an American Association box score since 2007, yet the 38-year-old former pitcher has been very much in the news this fall. The former Sioux City Explorers hurler drew high praise when he narrowly lost an uphill fight in an attempt to upset eight-term Republican...
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