News round up of the last few weeks


There is a new Midwest League ChampionThe Lake County Captains beat the Clinton LumberKings in Game Five and captured the MWL Pennant in their first season in the league.  Here is the final out of the Midwest League season.

Depending on how you look at it, that may have been Game Six.  Why? Because Game Two in Clinton went 18 innings.

The Kansas City Royals are now the parent club of the Kane County Cougars.

The Oakland Athletics are now the parent club of the Burlington Bees.

It is noted that this is not the first time Burlington has been affiliated with the Athletics.

The A’s were the Bees’ affiliate from 1963-74. During that time,
Burlington won its first league championship in 1965 and saw a number of
future big leaguers play at Community Field, players that became part
of the nucleus of the A’s three World Series titles from 1972-74.
Included in the list of future major-leaguers Vida Blue, Sal Bando, Rene
Lachemann, Chet Lemon and Claudell Washington.

See. History.

MWL Executive of the Year? Clinton’s Ted Tornow.

Brewers Farm System News:

Helena Brewers are the Pioneer League championsTeam chemistry was important.

The Brewers are staying affiliated with Huntsville in the Southern League and with Nashville in the PCL.

Alumni News:

Jeremy Jeffress (’10) picked up his first MLB win and Lorenzo Cain (’09) hit his first MLB home run.

Anthony Varvaro (’07) and Greg Halman (’07) have made their MLB debuts with the Seattle Mariners.

Shin-soo Choo (’02) has been on a roll.

The Tacoma Rainiers won the PCL Championship.  Mike Wilson (’05) was the series MVP.  Ryan Feierabend (’04) had a lot to do with it, too.  But, the Rainiers lost to Columbus in the Triple-A Title game.

Tacoma got through the first round of the PCL playoffs thanks to a really, really weird play.

one out and Mike Wilson on first base, Jose Yepez hit a grounder that
Sacramento shortstop Eric Sogard dived for and snagged, flipping to
second baseman Corey Wimberly, who then threw to Everidge at first.

But the umpire had called Wilson safe at second, something Everidge failed to notice.

it was an inning-ending double play, Everidge flipped the ball into the
crowd. By rule, a ball that goes out of play allows a runner to move up
two bases.

In this case, Wilson trotted home with what turned out to be the game-winning run.

I saw Tommy throw the ball in the stands, the shortstop said, ‘Well, I
guess that’s it, you might as well go to home plate,’ ” Wilson said.
“That’s when I found out what actually happened. That’s a first.”

Yep. Weird.

The Arizona Fall League starts on Tuesday, October 12.  The Brewers are sending their players to the Surprise Rafters.  Former Rattlers Pitching coach Brad Holman (’02-’05) will be working with Dan Merklinger (’09), Jeremy Jeffress (’10), and Mike Fiers (’09).  Brett Lawrie (’09) is also slated to play for the Rafters.

Brad Holman spent the summer with the Hickory Crawdads and that Texas Rangers affiliate lost to Lakewood in the Northern Division Championship Series in the South Atlantic League.

Brad also performed his song for the Crawdads fans…

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