Category Archives: Kane County Cougars

Shelby Miller trade includes four ex-Midwest Leaguers

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired All-Star pitcher Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves as part of a five-player trade that included four former Midwest Leaguers. The Diamondbacks received Miller and minor-league pitcher Gabe Speier in exchange for outfielder Ender Inciarte, pitching … Continue reading

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Riordan to return as Snappers manager in 2016

Fran Riordan will return as manager of the Beloit Snappers in 2016, the Oakland Athletics announced Monday. Riordan spent 14 years managing in independent leagues (mostly in the Frontier League) before he joined the A’s organization in 2014. This year was his … Continue reading

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Ex-Midwest Leaguers get new teams late in week

Several ex-Midwest Leaguers changed teams late this week thanks to moves made on Thursday and Friday. A’s swap Chavez for Hendriks The Oakland Athletics traded RHP Jesse Chavez to the Toronto Blue Jays for RHP Liam Hendriks on Friday. Both pitched in the … Continue reading

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Bowling Green Hot Rods unveil new logos and uniforms

The Bowling Green Hot Rods unveiled their new logos and uniforms Thursday evening. This is the first rebranding for the seven-year-old franchise, which joined the Midwest League in 2010. The team’s primary colors change from red and yellow to orange and … Continue reading

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Kane County Cougars unveil new logos and uniforms

The Kane County Cougars unveiled new logos and uniforms Tuesday, marking the first major makeover for the Midwest League team’s look in 25 years. The Cougars have used the same primary logo since 1991, their first season. (See the old … Continue reading

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Both World Series managers have Midwest League connections

Both World Series managers have connections to the Midwest League. Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was assigned to the Midwest League in his second season as a New York Mets minor-leaguer. He batted .192 with 6 HR and 27 … Continue reading

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Two former Cougars make postseason history

Two former Kane County Cougars players made postseason history in very different ways Tuesday. Toronto Blue Jays infielder Cliff Pennington (2005 Cougars) became the first full-time position player to pitch in the postseason, and Chicago Cubs outfielder/catcher Kyle Schwarber (2014 … Continue reading

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