Former MWL manager Webster Garrison battling COVID-19

Former Midwest League manager Webster Garrison, a longtime coach in the Oakland Athletics farm system, is on a ventilator in Louisiana battling the coronavirus, COVID-19, San Francisco Chronicle A’s beat writer Susan Slusser reported Saturday.

Garrison managed the Kane County Cougars in 2003 and the Beloit Snappers in 2018. He was named the Midwest League Manager of the Year in ’03 after leading the Cougars to an 80-59 record and a playoff berth. The ’18 Snappers finished with a nice record of 69-69 and also reached the playoffs. Both teams were eliminated in the first round.

Garrison also served as Beloit’s hitting coach in 2014 and 2015.

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Ex-Lugnuts hurler Syndergaard undergoes TJ surgery

New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard delivers a pitch during his major-league debut in 2015. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Former Lansing Lugnuts and current New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is expected to return sometime during the 2021 season.

In the Midwest League, Syndergaard went 8-5 with a 2.60 ERA, 122 strikeouts and 31 walks in 103.2 innings (27 games/19 starts) for the 2012 Lugnuts, and struck out nine batters in nine innings in two starts for Lansing in late 2011.

Noah Syndergaard pitched for the Lansing Lugnuts in 2011 and 2012. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

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Kenny Rogers in the Midwest League

Country music legend Kenny Rogers died Friday at age 81. Upon seeing the news, I automatically thought of former baseball player Kenny Rogers, who pitched in the major leagues for 20 seasons.

Before making his MLB debut for the Texas Rangers in 1989, Rogers’ journey through the minor leagues included two seasons in the Midwest League. He pitched for the Burlington Rangers in 1984 and 1985, mostly as a reliever.

In 1984, he went 4-7 with a 3.98 ERA, 93 strikeouts, 33 walks, three saves and one shutout in 92.2 innings (39 games/four starts). In 1985, he went 2-5 with a 2.84 ERA, 96 strikeouts, 62 walks, four saves and one shutout in 95 innings (33 games/four starts).

Rogers returned to the Midwest League late in his career when he made a rehab start for the West Michigan Whitecaps. He gave up three runs (one earned) and seven hits, struck out four and walked two in five innings, and was hung with the loss in that 2007 game vs. the Dayton Dragons.

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Ex-Bees infielder Moustakas signs 4-year deal with Reds

Former Burlington Bees infielder Mike Moustakas will stay in the National League Central Division after signing a four-year, $64 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

Moustakas batted .254 with 35 HR and 87 RBI in 143 games with the Milwaukee Brewers last season. He played third base and second base for the Brew Crew. He reportedly will play second base for the Reds, with Eugenio Suarez continuing to be Cincinnati’s third baseman.

In the Midwest League, Moose split time between third base and shortstop. At the plate he batted .272 with 22 HR and 71 RBI in 126 games with the Bees during the 2008 regular season. Burlington won the Midwest League championship that year.

Moustakas is a nephew of former Texas Rangers first baseman Tom Robson, who managed the Midwest League’s Wausau Timbers in 1979.

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Turner to return as Snappers manager for 2020 season

Lloyd Turner will return for a second season as manager of the Beloit Snappers next year. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Lloyd Turner will return for a second season as manager of the Beloit Snappers, the Oakland Athletics announced Tuesday.

Turner was a rookie manager in 2019, when he led the Snappers to a 54-84 overall record. He has coached in the A’s farm system since 2013, including two seasons as Beloit’s hitting coach (2014 and 2015). His 11-year professional playing career included six seasons in the A’s organization and five years in the independent Atlantic League. He played four games in the Midwest League, going 4-for-12 at the plate for the 2003 Kane County Cougars.

Returning with Turner is pitching coach Don Schultze. During his 14 years as a pitching coach in the A’s organization, Schultze served in that capacity for the Snappers in 2016, 2018 and 2019, and for the Cougars in 2008.

Beloit’s new hitting coach is Javier Godard, who played in the A’s organization from 2013 to 2018. Last year was his first as a coach.

Also joining the Snappers coaching staff is former scout Craig Conklin, who previously served on Beloit’s coaching staff in 2016.

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