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MiLB clubs announce Black history initiatives

Teams building on 'The Nine' platform in February and beyond
February 1, 2023

This February and throughout the 2023 season, clubs across Minor League Baseball will celebrate Black History Month in their communities as part of MiLB’s The Nine initiative. Here's a look at what some teams have planned:

Balkovec returns for second season as Tampa skipper

Rachel Balkovec returns for second season as Manager
3:04 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. - The New York Yankees have announced the Tampa Tarpons' 2023 coaching staff, led by second year manager Rachel Balkovec.

Podcast: Longtime broadcaster Doskow jumps to A's

Broadcaster Doskow discusses jump from Triple-A to Majors
11:45 AM EST

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Stitcher and other podcast-listening apps. Send questions or feedback to [email protected], and follow hosts Tyler Maun (@TylerMaun), Sam Dykstra

Minor League teams get into Groundhog Day spirit

What if a mascot predicted the weather, instead of a groundhog?
@Steph_Sheehan
February 2, 2023

It’s February, which means Spring Training is right around the corner. But before attention can be rightfully turned to diamonds across the Minor Leagues, we must look to Punxsutawney Phil to tell us how many more weeks of winter there will be.

Jirschele excited to return to Knights as skipper

New Skipper Has His Dad to Lean on Tremendously When it Comes to Managing & More
February 2, 2023

When the Charlotte Knights open the 2023 season in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, March 31 against the Memphis Redbirds, there will be a familiar face managing the club – Justin Jirschele. On Wednesday, February 1, Jirschele was re-introduced to Uptown Charlotte in a press conference at Truist Field. A former

Wisconsin unveils Lake Winnebago Shantymen identity

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Fond du Lac Dock Spiders to share Shantymen name for a game in 2023
February 2, 2023

GRAND CHUTE, WI – The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have pushed the boundaries of their identity in celebrations of Wisconsin industry and heritage. Now, the Rattlers – the team that brought you Udder Tuggers, Brats, and Los Cascabeles – and the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders unveil their Lake Winnebago Shantymen

Spokane looks back on club alumni in the Negro Leagues

February 1, 2023

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Negro Leagues were founded by baseball luminary Rube Foster in 1920 and ran until the 1960s. After struggling through the Great Depression, the Negro Leagues reached their zenith in the late 1930s and early 1940s with legendary players like Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, and Satchel

Coolbaugh winner Sweet returns as Nashville manager

Rick Sweet Returns as Manager with Club for Third Straight Season, Fourth Overall
February 1, 2023

NASHVILLE – The Milwaukee Brewers announced today the Nashville Sounds coaching staff for the 2023 season. The staff will be led by Manager Rick Sweet, who will be in his fourth overall season (third consecutive) as skipper of the Sounds. Sweet will be joined by hitting coach Al LeBoeuf, pitching

Somerset joins 'The Nine' with Black Yankees tribute

February 1, 2023

Bridgewater, New Jersey – The Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees Double-A affiliate, will be joining Minor League Baseball’s “The Nine” program beginning in the 2023 season.

Renegades begin construction on Dutchess Stadium

Player-facing upgrades enhance training facilities, safety as part of multi-year transformation
January 31, 2023

Wappingers Falls, N.Y. (Jan. 31, 2023) – The Hudson Valley Renegades, the High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, and its ownership group, Diamond Baseball Holdings (DBH), are pleased to announce the commencement of major capital upgrades to Dutchess Stadium prior to the 2023 season. The construction currently underway at

Road to The Show™: Rays’ slugging infielder Mead

No. 33 overall prospect breaking the mold for Australian hitters
@Gerard_Gilberto
January 31, 2023

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at second-ranked Rays prospect Curtis Mead. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Curtis Mead is on the verge of going where

Podcast: Hillsboro's Gajownik, Top 100 breakdown

Hillsboro's Gajownik shares road to dugout; Talking new Top 100
January 27, 2023

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Stitcher and other podcast-listening apps. Send questions or feedback to [email protected], and follow hosts Tyler Maun (@TylerMaun), Sam Dykstra

Gajownik: 'Women are getting experiences they need'

New Hops manager talks about making history on MiLB podcast
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 27, 2023

Last Friday, Ronnie Gajownik made baseball history when the D-backs announced her as the new Hillsboro manager for the 2023 season. That made Gajownik the first-ever woman skipper in the history of the High-A level and the second ever at any spot in the Minors after Tampa’s Rachel Balkovec took

New Hall of Famer Rolen credits Minors for work ethic

New Hall of Famer spent four seasons in the Phillies system
@RobTnova24
January 27, 2023

Scott Rolen donned an E5 hat while addressing the media Tuesday evening, a reminder that the fundamentals he learned in the game of baseball set the stage for important work off the field, even as he was being honored for his play on it. The eight-time Gold Glove-winning third baseman

Roving instructor: Service dog aids Giants' affiliates

January 24, 2023

As fans lined up at the gate for a summer game, the ballpark staff went through their typical pregame routines; scanning tickets, passing out programs, and welcoming fans to another beautiful day at PK park. Players come in and out of the gates, doing their own routines to prepare them

Reading staff remembers Rolen's time in 'Baseballtown'

January 25, 2023

(Reading, PA) - Before Tuesday night's Hall of Fame announcement, the resume for Scott Rolen was already an impressive one. Seven-time All Star, Rookie of the Year, World Champion, eight-time Gold Glove winner and now soon to be enshrined in Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame. Rolen was the lone

Road to The Show™: Brewers outfielder Chourio

No. 10 overall prospect experiences meteoric rise as a teenager
@Gerard_Gilberto
January 24, 2023

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at top Brewers prospect Jackson Chourio. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. It became evident very quickly in 2022 that the

Everett brings splash of color to new alternate uniforms

January 23, 2023

EVERETT, WA: The Everett AquaSox, the High-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, are going retro. Well, sort of. The club today revealed their color splash alternate home uniforms for next season’s Sunday home games. “This is a very exciting time for the AquaSox," said Danny Tetzlaff, the team's General Manager.

Johns to skipper Triple-A National Champion Durham

Johns succeeds Brady Williams, who was elevated to Rays Third Base Coach
January 24, 2023

The back-to-back Triple-A National Champion Durham Bulls, in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Rays, have announced their field staff for the 2023 campaign at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, with Opening Night 2023 set for Friday, March 31. Michael Johns is set to join Durham as Manager, succeeding Brady Williams, who

Hillsboro's Gajownik named first female High-A skipper

New Hillsboro manager joins Tampa's Balkovec in historic hiring
January 20, 2023

PHOENIX -- When Ronnie Gajownik was growing up in Orlando, Fla., her dad would sometimes take her out of school to go to a Spring Training game with him. Baseball was a passion for her, but as she would stare out onto the field, there was something she didn't see