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2014 Smokies LHP Andrew McKirahan was selected by the Miami Marlins in the Major League portion of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. (Photo Credit: Roger C. Hoover)

McKirahan One Of Four Former Smokies Selected In Rule 5 Draft

Left-handed reliever Andrew McKirahan was one of four former Smokies players to be selected in this year’s Rule 5 Draft, which took place at the Winter Meetings on Thursday in San Diego. McKirahan was selected in the Major League portion of the draft by the Miami Marlins, while catcher Luis Flores (Astros), outfielder Brett Jackson […]

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2005-06 Smokies C Miguel Montero was one of two Smokies alums dealt Tuesday.

Former Smokies Samardzija, Montero On The Move

It was a busy day for Smokies alums, with two being traded on the same day in separate transactions. 2007-08 Smokies RHP Jeff Samardzija was acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the Oakland Athletics early on Tuesday, while 2005-06 C Miguel Montero was traded to the Chicago Cubs from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The trade […]

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Former Smokie Kevin Cash Named New Rays Manager

The Tampa Bay Rays named their new manager to replace Joe Maddon today, with the new face having a Tennessee Smokies tie. Kevin Cash will helm the 2015 edition of the Rays, his first Big League managerial position. Cash was a catcher on the 2002 Smokies squad. In 55 games with the Smokies, the catcher hit .277 […]

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Three Former Knoxville Blue Jays On 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot

The 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot has been unveiled, with three former Knoxville Blue Jays among those up for election. Infielders Jeff Kent and Fred McGriff are on the ballot for the second and sixth time, respectively, while infielder Carlos Delgado appears on the ticket for the first time. Delgado was named the […]

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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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