Category Archives: Kane County Cougars

Former MWLers star in MLB season opener

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 in MLB’s season opener in Australia, and several former Midwest League players performed well. Scott Van Slyke (2007-08 Great Lakes Loons) hit a 2-run homer and Andre Ethier (2003 Kane County … Continue reading

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Sons of Gretzky and Scioscia traded for each other

The son of Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia was traded for the son of hockey great Wayne Gretzky today. The Angels traded Matt Scioscia to the Chicago Cubs for Trevor Gretzky. (Ironically, MiLB.com posted an interview with Gretzky today before … Continue reading

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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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Ferris wheel installation begins at Modern Woodmen Park

Work is under way to install a Ferris wheel behind Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits. The 110-foot-tall attraction will be located behind the stadium’s left-field berm, left of the scoreboard. Groundwork for the Ferris wheel was completed … Continue reading

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Corbin & Cahill get starting assignments for Australia series

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson announced Monday (via Twitter!) that former Midwest League pitchers Patrick Corbin and Trevor Cahill will start the team’s season-opening games in Australia on March 22 and 23. Gibson’s counterpart, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, hasn’t revealed his … Continue reading

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Catching up with former Midwest Leaguers

The big news in baseball Saturday was that former Beloit Snappers 3B Miguel Sano is likely to miss the entire 2014 season because he needs Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. I wrote … 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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Cruz agrees to 1-year deal with Orioles

Former Kane County Cougars OF Nelson Cruz reportedly has agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles. The deal also includes $750,000 in incentives, according to reports. Cruz batted .238 with 20 HR and 85 RBI in … Continue reading

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Bailey agrees to 6-year, $105 million deal

RHP Homer Bailey reportedly has agreed to a six-year, $105 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds, avoiding arbitration with the club. The deal reportedly includes a mutual option for a seventh season worth $25 million with a $5 million buyout. … Continue reading

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