Posts Tagged ‘Indianapolis Indians’

Tom Gorzelanny and Ian Snell Might Be Too Good For The Minor Leagues

Times are tough for Pirates pitchers Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny.  Both are relatively young (27 and 26, respectively) and have had some major league success, but something – injury, lack of confidence, playing for the Pirates – has derailed once promising careers.

Last weekend, Gorzelanny and Snell found themselves pitching on back-to-back days for the Indianapolis Indians.  On Saturday, Gorzelanny went five innings against Toledo, striking out twelve and allowing four hits.  The next day, Snell took the hill against the Mud Hens, walked the first batter he faced, then struck out thirteen in a row.  Thirteen.  That means he struck out the side in the first, second, third, and four innings.  Mike Hessman was the first to make an out in some other way, grounding out to third with one out in the fifth.  Snell finished with 17 strikeouts in seven innings.

Barring a trade, the two will have starts coming up later this week, so it should be interesting to see what they do the next time out.

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Spotlight on AAA Ball – 4/11/2008

The new owners of the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) talk about the challenges of working in a 48-year-old stadium. And, Braves fans of both the Richmond and Atlanta varieties will probably be interested to hear what it’s like to operate a team’s AAA affiliate within driving distance of the parent club. [Tacoma Daily Index]

In case you don’t know what I was referencing in the above link, the Atlanta Braves have decided to move their AAA affiliate from Richmond, VA to the suburbs of… Atlanta. The good news is that even as the R-Braves play their final lame-duck season in the Virginia capital, local businessmen are looking to bring in something new. [inRich.com]

Good news in Indianapolis – the Pirates have extended their player development contract with the Indians until 2012. [pirates.com]

I can’t be the only one bothered by this. I read through this press release from the Buffalo Bisons (Indians), drooling all the while over the food specials on offer. Until I realized that wings were not mentioned even once. No wings in Buffalo? A travesty, sirs. You can expect to hear from my lawyer. [Bisons Homepage]

DUDE! Did you hear who will be playing at AT&T Bricktown Park?!? The Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers)!!! Oh, and some dillweed named Dave Matthews will be there on August 13th, if you’re into that kind of thing. [RedHawks Homepage]

I hear the kids don’t go to the rave-parties any more. But if they did, wouldn’t you want all of them to be wearing this hat? [Las Vegas 51s Shop]

I can go on mining press releases and websites forever like this – there’s plenty going on. But if you have a tip we should check out, email us a busleagues at gmail dot com.

Spotlight on AAA Ball – 4/4/2008

We get ready for the weekend by shifting our focus to AAA ball. By next week we should have enough games played to start tracking some of the top prospects as they advance through the ranks, but for now, we’ll just whet your appetite.

Here’s your triple-A news:

Ten Names to Know in the International League, headlined by likely suspects Jay Bruce, Evan Longoria, and Homer Bailey. The IL is celebrating its 125th anniversary, so if you live close enough to hit a game at one of these top Bus League teams, you should plan a trip and soak up the history.

A former PawSox (Red Sox) GM talks about his experiences with well-known Boston players like Manny Ramirez and Trot Nixon.

The Braves think they can actually somehow make money by moving the current Richmond Braves to an Atlanta suburb. Fuzzy math (third story down, after minor-league hockey, etc.)

Indianapolis is the home of the Indianapolis Indians (Pirates). This guy seems to like them OK, but would really prefer an MLB franchise, thank you very much. But they’ve been there since 1902!

While this blog post could use a few more paragraph breaks, it is still an interesting recap of how the Norfolk Tides came to sever their 38-year relationship with the New York Mets and switch to the geographically nearer Baltimore Orioles. As a side note, Harbor Park and Camden are also very similar in their well-appointed throwback architecture, courtesy of HOK Architects.

That’s Triple-A news for this week. Look forward to a more robust offering next week after a few games are in the books.