Category Archives: Baseball Hall of Fame

Hoffman falls 34 votes short of HOF election

Former Cedar Rapids Reds pitcher Trevor Hoffman — whose 601 major-league saves are second only to Mariano Rivera’s 652 — fell short of election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Although he has … Continue reading

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Ex-Chiefs catcher Donaldson wins AL MVP Award

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson won the American League Most Valuable Player Award, getting 23 of 30 first-place votes and 385 total points from Baseball Writers’ Association of America voters. Donaldson batted .297 with 41 HR, 123 RBI and 122 … Continue reading

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Former Cougars pitcher Burnett notches 2,500th strikeout

Pittsburgh Pirates RHP A.J. Burnett became the 32nd MLB pitcher to strike out 2,500 batters when he got Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler swinging in the bottom of the 1st inning Sunday. Burnett struck out five batters in six innings, giving him … Continue reading

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Ortiz becomes 4th ex-Midwest Leaguer to join 500 HR club

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz homered twice Saturday to become the 27th player in MLB history and the fourth former Midwest Leaguer to hit 500 home runs in the major leagues. Ortiz, a former Wisconsin Timber Rattlers first baseman, … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame moments: Marichal joins Pedro onstage; Smoltz mentions Lansing

There were a few moments during this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony worth mentioning here because of their connection to the Midwest League. John Smoltz made several references to Lansing, Mich., where his family moved from suburban Detroit before the … Continue reading

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Midwest League pitchers perform well in Futures Game

The U.S. team won big in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game, beating the World team 10-1. None of the runs were given up by the three current Midwest League pitchers who took the mound for the World team. Kane County Cougars … Continue reading

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Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager

Ryne Sandberg resigned Friday as manager of the Phillies. Pete Mackanin, who was Philadelphia’s third-base coach, was named the team’s interim manager. Sandberg took over as Phillies skipper in August 2013 after the team fired his predecessor, Charlie Manuel. Philadelphia … Continue reading

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