Category Archives: Kane County Cougars

‘D-Train’ Willis signs with Brewers

Former Kane County Cougars LHP Dontrelle “D-Train” Willis reportedly has signed a minor-league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. Willis was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2003 and finished second in voting for the NL Cy Young Award in … Continue reading

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Astros trade Fowler to Cubs for Valbuena, Straily

The Houston Astros traded CF Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs today for a pair of former Midwest League players, INF Luis Valbuena and RHP Dan Straily. Fowler played six seasons with the Colorado Rockies before spending 2014 with the … Continue reading

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Brewers announce Timber Rattlers coaching staff

The Milwaukee Brewers announced today that Matt Erickson will return for a fifth season as manager of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers this year. The Appleton native has been with the team since serving as its hitting coach in 2009. Since … Continue reading

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Cougars unveil 2014 championship ring design

The Kane County Cougars fully unveiled the design of their 2014 Midwest League championship rings Friday afternoon. The team teased its fan base with parts of the design revealed on social media throughout the week. Randomly selected followers received prizes for … Continue reading

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Grudzielanek to manage Cougars this year

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that former major-leaguer Mark Grudzielanek will manage the Kane County Cougars this year. Grudzielanek played 15 seasons in the big leagues, with the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals … Continue reading

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My 10 most-read posts of 2014

With today being New Year’s Eve (and the Baseball Solstice), it’s time for my annual look back at which of my posts were clicked on the most this year. But before I start counting down the top posts, I want … Continue reading

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River Bandits get new manager for 2015

Josh Bonifay, who managed the rookie-level Greeneville Astros the past two seasons, will be the new skipper of the Quad Cities River Bandits in 2015. Bonifay was the Appalachian League Manager of the Year in 2013, when he led Greeneville … Continue reading

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