Continuing the theme of my last post, I present to you two more photos of snowbound Midwest League stadiums that were tweeted by their teams Thursday.
The first photo is of Cooley Law School Stadium, home of the Lansing Lugnuts.
The second photo is of Classic Park, home of the Lake County Captains.
Hawkins signs with Mets
Veteran relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins agreed to a minor-league deal with the New York Mets. He pitched very well in the Midwest League, going 15-5 (including three shutouts) with a 2.06 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 157.1 IP for the 1993 Fort Wayne Wizards.
Among the other players in the Midwest League that season were Ugueth Urbina (10-1, 1.99 ERA, 107 strikeouts in 108.1 IP for the Burlington Bees), Charles Johnson (.275, 19 HR, 94 RBI in 135 games with the Kane County Cougars), Homer Bush (.322, 5 HR, 51 RBI, 39 SB in 130 games with the Waterloo Diamonds) and Prospect of the Year Johnny Damon (.290, 5 HR, 50 RBI, 59 SB in 127 games with the Rockford Royals).
Aaron and the Uptons
As I’m sure you know by now, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded former South Bend Silver Hawks outfielder Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves in a seven-player deal. I included his Midwest League statistics in this post from last week.
I mention the trade again as an excuse to post this photo from the press conference introducing Upton to the Atlanta-area media.
Not only will the Upton brothers be Braves outfielders this year, but Hank Aaron was teammates with his brother Tommie during parts of seven seasons with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves.
Tommie Aaron, who died of leukemia in 1984, played for the Cedar Rapids Braves, a Three-I League predecessor team to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. He hit .299 with 20 HR and 88 RBI in 137 games with the 1960 team.