Category Archives: Burlington Bees

Catching up with more former Midwest League players

It’s back to blogging for me after a few days away from the Internet — a break that included getting my hair and beard shorn to raise funds for childhood cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a cause I’ve been involved with … Continue reading

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Four ‘must-see’ Midwest League teams in 2014

Today at Baseball Prospectus, Jason Parks ranked the farm systems of the 30 MLB teams and included a “must-see affiliate” for each one. Four of his must-see affiliates are in the Midwest League: the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Minnesota Twins), the Peoria … Continue reading

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Rays trade trio of former Midwest Leaguers to Nats

The Washington Nationals traded one of their top prospects to the Tampa Bay Rays today in exchange for a trio of former Midwest League players. The three former MWL players traded by the Rays are C Jose Lobaton, LHP Felipe … Continue reading

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Burnett, Valverde sign with new teams

A pair of former Midwest League pitchers agreed to deals with new teams today. A.J. Burnett, who pitched for the 1998 Kane County Cougars, reportedly has agreed to a 1-year, $16 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. The agreement comes on … Continue reading

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MiLB president: ‘a critical time for Beloit’

Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner was the featured speaker at the Beloit Snappers’ Hot Stove Banquet on Wednesday, and he didn’t shy away from talking about the team’s need for an updated or new facility. Here is some of what … Continue reading

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Nieves to return as Dragons manager in 2014

The Dayton Dragons announced today that manager Jose Nieves and pitching coach Tony Fossas will return in 2014. Former Dragons player Luis Bolivar will join the team as hitting coach. The Dragons went 65-73 last season (28-40 in the first … Continue reading

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Four more Midwest League teams announce 2014 coaching staffs

Four more Midwest League teams announced their 2014 coaching staffs last week, doubling the number of MWL squads whose on-field leaders have been made public for next season. Three teams — the South Bend Silver Hawks, the Lake County Captains … Continue reading

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Day 2 of Winter Meetings yields big trades

After a quiet start Monday, baseball’s Winter Meetings provided a return Tuesday to the active offseason we’ve seen so far. All the news of note for this post didn’t happen at the Winter Meetings, but that’s where I’m starting. Two … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

While putting together this blog post, I realized there were three types of Midwest League-related news I was including in it: good, bad and ugly. So please humor me as I paraphrase a Clint Eastwood quote from the actor’s most popular … Continue reading

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