Category Archives: Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball HOF Tour opens outside Modern Woodmen Park

Through Sunday, visitors to Modern Woodmen Park have the opportunity to check out the Baseball Hall of Fame Tour in the first stop of its multi-year journey across North America. Entitled “We Are Baseball,” the touring exhibit includes nearly 50 … Continue reading

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Ex-River Bandits pitcher Mengden makes MLB debut

Former Quad Cities River Bandits pitcher Daniel Mengden made his major-league debut for the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, taking the loss despite giving up only two runs. Mengden allowed six hits and four walks in 5.2 innings. He struck out five … Continue reading

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LumberKings hang Griffey sign in outfield

The Clinton LumberKings hung a sign paying homage to Ken Griffey Jr. on the outfield fence at Ashford University Field this weekend. The LumberKings are the Midwest League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, for whom Griffey played 13 of his … Continue reading

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Dodgers add Maddux, Ibanez to front office

The Los Angeles Dodgers have added Greg Maddux and Raul Ibanez to their front office, the team announced today. From ESPN’s report: Maddux, a Hall of Famer, and Ibanez, a 19-year major-league veteran, will assist in every aspect of running … Continue reading

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Hoffman falls 34 votes short of HOF election

Former Cedar Rapids Reds pitcher Trevor Hoffman — whose 601 major-league saves are second only to Mariano Rivera’s 652 — fell short of election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Although he has … Continue reading

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Ex-Chiefs catcher Donaldson wins AL MVP Award

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson won the American League Most Valuable Player Award, getting 23 of 30 first-place votes and 385 total points from Baseball Writers’ Association of America voters. Donaldson batted .297 with 41 HR, 123 RBI and 122 … Continue reading

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Former Cougars pitcher Burnett notches 2,500th strikeout

Pittsburgh Pirates RHP A.J. Burnett became the 32nd MLB pitcher to strike out 2,500 batters when he got Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler swinging in the bottom of the 1st inning Sunday. Burnett struck out five batters in six innings, giving him … Continue reading

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Ortiz becomes 4th ex-Midwest Leaguer to join 500 HR club

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz homered twice Saturday to become the 27th player in MLB history and the fourth former Midwest Leaguer to hit 500 home runs in the major leagues. Ortiz, a former Wisconsin Timber Rattlers first baseman, … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame moments: Marichal joins Pedro onstage; Smoltz mentions Lansing

There were a few moments during this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony worth mentioning here because of their connection to the Midwest League. John Smoltz made several references to Lansing, Mich., where his family moved from suburban Detroit before the … Continue reading

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