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Past articles by Josh:

The year after Jackie, Ritchey integrated PCL

John Ritchey never wanted to make history."He just wanted to play baseball and be judged on his ability and not the color of his skin," baseball historian Bill Swank said. In a better time or in a better world, he may have gotten his wish. But Ritchey was an African-American man → Read More


Visit John Thurman Field Home of the Modesto Nuts

Welcome to John Thurman Field, where the Modesto Nuts keep the parent-club Mariners rooted in the mainland, the fans celebrate their agricultural roots and mascots Al, Wally and Shelly never get too salty. Modesto Nuts (Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners since 2017) Established: 1946 (as the Modesto Reds in the California League) Ballpark: John Thurman Field (opened 1955, as Del Webb Field)… → Read More

Scouting report: Royals' Asa Lacy's new Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at third-ranked Royals prospect Asa Lacy. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. → Read More

Scouting report: Marlins' Max Meyer introduces a new series spotlighting players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at third-ranked Marlins prospect Max Meyer. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. → Read More


Smith, Young power up for D-backs

The ball was flying at Nationals Park on Thursday night, and two D-backs prospects took center stage. Arizona's No. 15 prospect Pavin Smith and No. 30 Andrew Young each belted homers -- Young's a grand slam -- and drove in a combined six runs as the D-backs took down the → Read More


Dalbec, Brown lift teams to victory

A pair of rookies helped put their teams in the win column on Tuesday as Bobby Dalbec and Seth Brown each came through with go-ahead hits in the eighth inning for their respective clubs. → Read More

The Road to The Show™: Sam Huff

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Texas Rangers prospect Sam Huff. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show click here. There was a time not so → Read More


Hayes, Carlson kick off ROY race on Day 1

There's really only one thing Ke'Bryan Hayes or Dylan Carlson could have done in their respective first plate appearances of 2021 to build any more excitement for the rookie-year campaigns that began Thursday. They both did it. Pittsburgh's Hayes, the No. 9 overall prospect, and St. Louis' Carlson, No. 13, → Read More


Top prospects pop off at camp

Marlins prospect Jazz Chisholm and Red Sox prospect Bobby Dalbec could each add some power to a big league lineup during the regular season this year, but why wait? On Wednesday, Chisholm slugged his second homer of Spring Training, and Dalbec belted his second grand slam. Chisholm, the No. 66 → Read More

Mets net trio of arms from Jays for Matz

A little over a week after the Mets parted with a handful of prospects to acquire big league hurler Joey Lucchesi, a trio of young arms are fortifying the system. The Blue Jays announced a trade Wednesday night sending No. 26 Toronto prospect Yennsy Diaz, No. 27 Josh Winckowski and → Read More

Reports: Padres ink South Korean star Kim

Hours after settling a deal that will bring Blake Snell to San Diego, the Padres agreed to terms with South Korean shortstop Ha-seong Kim on Monday, according to multiple reports. The 25-year-old slugger is widely regarded as the top available international free agent of the offseason, as well as one → Read More

After baseball, Johnson making mark on canvas

In 2013, Micah Johnson led all of professional baseball with 84 stolen bases. In 2015, he batted .315 in 78 Triple-A games and got his first big league experience. In 2017, he reached the Major Leagues for the third time. More than any other season, though, 2016 was the year → Read More

In Jersey City, statue marks Jackie's triumph

Sy Hart, an African-American Jersey City resident in his late 20s, walks by the 14-foot statue of Jackie Robinson at the Journal Square PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) Station almost every day, and he often thinks about why it's there."Jackie Robinson started off with the Brooklyn → Read More

Multi-focused Montgomery earns industry honor

For the last few years, Belicia Montgomery has been working to improve the lay of the land in Minor League Baseball and beyond. On Monday, she was recognized for her vision and imprint by the Sports Business Journal as part of its 10th annual class of Game Changers, recognizing women → Read More

Minors seeking to be leaders on disability inclusion

The cancellation of the 2020 Minor League season delayed a lot of things: Wander Franco stepping in for his first Double-A at-bat; MacKenzie Gore's followup to a breakout campaign; a lifelong fan's first game with her grandchildren; a puppy's first bark in the park. But #MiLBUnlimited, an industry-wide initiative designed → Read More

Minors clubs to light up Fourth with charity efforts

In a season without precedent, it's still possible to make tradition count for something. This Independence Day weekend, several teams across the Minors are finding safe ways to enjoy the holiday with their respective communities as part of #MiLBFunOnThe4th, all the while contributing to local nonprofit organizations during a time → Read More

Bandits' Gregor homers, dad catches ball

Baseball is a family game, even at the professional level.Conrad Gregor knows that as well as anybody.The Astros prospect slugged his first Midwest League home run on Saturday night and the ball was caught beyond the right-center field fence at Quad Cities' Modern Woodmen Park by none other than Gregor's → Read More

Jackie Robinson first made his mark in the Minor Leagues

Thursday marks 100 years since the birth of perhaps baseball's greatest hero. Jackie Robinson's lifetime of accomplishment was so remarkable that to consider a single aspect of it undermines the whole. To focus on him as a socio-political figure is to risk forgetting he was one of the most electric → Read More

Minor League Baseball teams respond to COVID-19 pandemic

so is the line of cars at The Diamond.While the Storm, Class → Read More

Carolina Mudcats tap into local trend as Micro Brews

as the Mudcats were known on April 13 and Thursday night and will be known again on June 6 and Aug. → Read More