Author Archives: Craig Wieczorkiewicz

Blue Jays sign Santana to minor-league deal

LHP Johan Santana took a step forward in his comeback attempt Thursday by signing a minor-league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Santana hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2012, when he went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA and 111 strikeouts in … Continue reading

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Better call Saul? River Bandits did in 1999

It appears AMC has a hit in “Better Call Saul,” the prequel series to “Breaking Bad” that premiered earlier this month. This prompted me to wonder how many men named Saul played professional baseball, and, of course, whether any of them played in … Continue reading

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New South Bend mascot name chosen by fans

An abbreviated automobile name outraced a political moniker as “Stu” was revealed Friday as the name of the South Bend Cubs’ new mascot. The team asked fans to submit name suggestions and vote on four finalists — Stu, Colfax, Harry … Continue reading

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Two former MWL broadcasters land big-league gigs

Two broadcasters who plied their trade in the Midwest League the past few years have gotten called up to the big leagues. Wayne Randazzo, play-by-play broadcaster for the Kane County Cougars from 2012 to 2014, was hired by WOR-AM as a … Continue reading

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Snowbound stadiums of the Midwest League, Feb. 2015 edition

For baseball fans, there’s a warm feeling associated with the start of spring training. But for those of us in the Midwest, single-digit temperatures and wind chills in the negative teens serve as a not-so-subtle reminder that it is still … Continue reading

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Former MWL manager & player Wendell Kim dead at 64

Former Clinton Giants manager and Decatur Commodores player Wendell Kim died Sunday at age 64. Although reports didn’t list a cause of death, they noted that Kim was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease after retiring in 2005. Kim never reached … Continue reading

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Ex-LumberKings pitcher severely injured in boating accident

Former Clinton LumberKings pitcher Victor Sanchez was severely injured in a boating accident Friday and had to undergo surgery to repair his fractured skull, according to reports. The Seattle Mariners prospect reportedly was swimming at a beach in his native … Continue reading

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