Archive | April, 2013
Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover

Climbing the Mountain: Matt Szczur’s journey through the Cubs organization

Climbing the Mountain is a series of features that allows members of the Tennessee Smokies to discuss their journey through the Chicago Cubs organization. In this edition, outfielder Matt Szczur talks about his time playing football and baseball at Villanova and about his time with the Smokies so far during the 2013 season. Michael Wottreng […]

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Ryan LaMarre: The next in line in Pensacola

By: Matthew Osborne Speed and major league ability seems to ooze out of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos roster.  Former Blue Wahoo Donald Lutz was called up to the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday and Billy Hamilton, the talk of the minors in 2012, is now with Triple-A Louisville. There is still talent on the Blue Wahoos’ […]

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Hendricks, Ha Lift Smokies to Doubleheader Split Monday

By: Adam Kline The Tennessee Smokies split a doubleheader with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Monday afternoon, falling in Game One, 3-0, and winning Game Two 3-0 , on Jae-Hoon Ha’s three-run, walk off home run.  Tennessee’s Game Two starter Kyle Hendricks took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. With extra innings looming, the Smokies (14-10) ended the game […]

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Hit Ball to Baseball: Van Mil’s Journey from Netherlands to Pensacola

By: Nick Roark Loek Van Mil doesn’t need the pitching mound to tower over opposing hitters.  Standing at 7-foot-1, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos right-hander intimidates batters with his seven-foot stride, 255-pound frame and a mid-90s fastball. But as a seven-year-old boy growing up in Oss, Netherlands, Van Mil did not have the luxury of playing […]

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What We’re Reading (4/29/13)

Throughout the 2013 baseball season, the Smokies on Radio staff will be rolling out all the Cubs, Smokies, and baseball news each weekday. To stay current with all the latest news, follow Smokies on Radio on Twitter and like the Smokies on Radio Facebook page. Cubs see Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro as game-changers Patrick Mooney / “We’re […]

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From the Smokies Park Visiting Clubhouse to the Show

By: Michael Wottreng Saturday afternoon, Pensacola outfielder Donald Lutz was sitting in the visiting clubhouse at Smokies Park on his iPad watching the NBA playoffs after learning of yesterday’s game cancellation. Less than a day later, the 24-year old tweeted that he was making the biggest jump of his career and fulfilling his dream of […]

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Matt Garza Works Out; Tweets He Wants to Pitch Wednesday

Cubs pitcher Matt Garza worked out at Smokies Park Friday and Saturday afternoon. The right-hander spent about twenty minutes going through pitcher’s fielding practice, mimicking a pitch and then covering first base. Also, Garza threw in right field during the day as he tries to get back to form. In between rain showers on Saturday, […]

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Tucker Barnhart: One of Minor League Baseball’s Top Signal Callers

By: Michael Wottreng Prior to winning the American League MVP, Twins catcher Joe Mauer compared being a catcher to a quarterback. Catchers need to understand the flow of the game and make instant decisions. Like a quarterback, a backstop is the signal caller for the pitcher and the team’s defensive alignment. The only difference is […]

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Silva Powers Smokies Past Pensacola Friday Night, 5-3

By: Adam Kline Rubi Silva homered in the sixth inning and hit an RBI-triple in the seventh and led the Tennessee Smokies (13-9) to a 5-3 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (9-12) Friday Night at Smokies Park. Silva finished the game going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Trailing 1-0, the Smokies broke through against Pensacola […]

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Solid Pitching Carries Smokies Past Pensacola, 2-1

By: Adam Kline Dallas Beeler fired seven scoreless innings and the Tennessee bullpen turned in two solid innings as the Smokies doubled up the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 2-1, on Thursday night at Smokies Park to open the five-game series. Beeler (2-2) scattered seven hits, walking one and striking out two in his seven scoreless innings.  Zac […]

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