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Edwards Added To Cubs’ 40-Man Roster

The Chicago Cubs announced Thursday that 2014 Tennessee Smokies pitcher C.J. Edwards has been added to the Major League club’s 40-Man Roster. Thursday was the final day to protect players who were previously not on the 40-man roster from being selected in next month’s Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Edwards […]

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Arodys Vizcaino fires a pitch for the Tennessee Smokies. (Credit: Andrew Green/Tennessee Smokies)

2014 Smokie Arodys Vizcaino Acquired By Braves Via Trade

The Chicago Cubs announced Sunday afternoon a trade with the Atlanta Braves that in part sent 2014 Smokies reliever Arodys Vizcaino to Atlanta. The full details of the trade are below as tweeted out by the Cubs. #Cubs acquired INF Tommy La Stella and international signing bonus slot #4 from @Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino […]

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Jerry Blevins fires a pitch for the Washington Nationals. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Veras & Blevins Fire Final 1.2 Shutout Frames In Japan

Former Smokies Jose Veras and Jerry Blevins combined for the final 1.2 innings of work in the second game of the Japan All-Star Series. The MLB All-Stars squad fell to Samurai Japan, the country’s national team, by a score of 8-4. Veras (2014) entered the game in the bottom of the eighth after Cubs hurler […]

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In a screengrab from MLB.com, former Smokies pitcher Jeff Beliveau playing for the MLB All-Stars Team in Japan.

Blevins, Veras & Beliveau All See Action In Exhibition Game Of Japan All-Star Series

All three former Smokies who traveled to Japan to participate in the Japan All-Star Series played early this morning in the team’s first exhibition matchup. The MLB All-Stars topped a club that comprised of players from the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants by a score of 8-7. Blevins (2007) entered in a tight spot in […]

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2011 Smokies lefty Jeff Beliveau delivers a pitch for the Tampa Bay Rays. Photo Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Three Smokies Named To MLB Roster For Japan All-Star Series

Major League Baseball announced their finalized roster for the Japan All-Star Series, which will take place in Japan starting next week. Three former Smokies made the cut, including pitchers Jeff Beliveau (2011), Jerry Blevins (2007) and Jose Veras (2014). Beliveau made 41 appearances with the Smokies during the 2011 campaign, posting 6-1 record and 1.89 […]

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Former Smokies Molina, LeMahieu Win Gold Gloves

A pair of former Smokies were honored by Major League Baseball on Tuesday evening with the announcement of the 2014 Gold Glove Awards. 2003 Smokies catcher Yadier Molina won his seventh straight Gold Glove honor at the catcher position, while 2011 Smokies infielder DJ LeMahieu earned his first Gold Glove Award among the National League’s […]

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Eric Jokisch

This Date in Baseball History – August 6

One year ago on this date, Eric Jokisch took the mound in Jacksonville, Florida, looking for some sort of traction after giving up 11 earned runs in his last 11 innings. What he found was a piece of Smokies history – a nine-inning no-hitter with four walks and eight strikeouts. It was Jokisch’s first full […]

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Javier Baez’s Major League Debut

Javier Baez Watch officially came to an end Tuesday night in Colorado. The former Smokies infielder was finally promoted to the Big Leagues and did not disappoint in his Major League Baseball debut for the Chicago Cubs, helping lead the club to a 6-5 extra-innings victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Cubs […]

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Javier Baez & His Smokies Legacy

By Andrew Green The Cubs announced on Monday the promotion of 2013 Smokies infielder Javier Baez, becoming the first member of the so-called “Core Four” to make the jump to The Show. After a slow start to the 2014 campaign with Triple-A Iowa, Baez dramatically improved after the All-Star Break, batting .342 (26-76) with five […]

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Former Smokies on the Spot: Yadier Molina

While on his way to become a potential Hall of Famer, St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina, started his career off right here in Kodak, TN. “I knew one night when we were playing here he threw out a base runner at second base and never got off his knees,” said longtime Smokies public address announcer George Yardley. […]

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