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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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Former Smokies at 2014 Futures Game

Yesterday, two former Smokies were in the spotlight at Target Field in Minneapolis for the 2014 Futures game. Javier Baez, who played shortstop for Tennessee last season, and Kris Bryant, who played third base earlier this year, were able to showcase their talent on a big stage. Bryant represented Team USA and started at third […]

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Arismendy Alcantara Promoted To Chicago

Former Smokies Infielder Arismendy Alcantara hasn’t been a big name thrown around by fans of the Cubs and baseball critics as the attention has mostly been on Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, and recently acquired Addison Russell, but Alcantara has quietly put up big numbers and is finally creating buzz in Chicago. […]

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Dae-Eun Rhee

Dae-Eun Rhee Up To AAA Iowa

Right-handed starting pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee has been transferred to Triple-A Iowa from Tennessee. The South Korea native is the sixth 2014 Smokie to be promoted to the Triple-A level this season, and posted a 5-4 record and 3.27 ERA (38 ER in 104.2 IP) in his 18 games (16 starts) with Tennessee, ranking tenth in […]

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Former Smokies Named To 2014 All-Star Game

Three former Smokies were named to the All-Star Game this season, including St Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro. Now current Oakland Athletics pitcher and former Cub, Jeff Samardzija, was also named to the National League team. Casey McGehee of the Miami Marlins is one of five candidates who have […]

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Bryant’s Performance in Triple-A Iowa

Kris Bryant is still doing what he does best now for Triple-A Iowa, tearing up pitchers with his bat. Despite his average being low, .222 (4-18), Bryant still has impressed in the five games that he has played as he has hit four home runs while driving in six, including a multi-home run game on […]

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Former Smokie Justin Bour Makes his MLB Debut

A former Smokie, Justin Bour, made his debut for the Miami Marlins yesterday starting as the designated hitter and he did not disappoint going 2-for-5 with an RBI in their 11-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Bour was a 25th round draft pick in the 2009 draft and played for the Smokies for two […]

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