Archive | December, 2013

Bailey Set to Return to Smokies

Buddy Bailey will be returning to Tennessee for the 2014 season to serve a third consecutive season as the Manager of the Smokies. Bailey is the first man to do this since Rocket Wheeler completed his third consecutive season in 2002. This will be Bailey’s fourth overall season as the manager of the Smokies and […]

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Satchel Paige is one of the greatest players in baseball history.

Hot Stove Baseball Podcast (Audio) 2nd Inning

Smokies broadcaster Mick Gillispie and veteran Major League Baseball Scout Gary Hughes discuss an array of topics. This show starts with a breakdown of the latest developments concerning Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Gary explains the changes in MLB/Japan posting rules. Then sites his experience scouting players in Japan and how they transitioned to Major League […]

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Hot Stove Baseball Podcast (Audio)

Smokies radio broadcaster Mick Gillispie and veteran MLB scout Gary Hughes host the 2013-2014 Hot Stove Baseball Podcast.

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Special Assistant to President/GM Tim Wilken with Mick Gillispie

Cubs Special Assistant Tim Wilken Talks Roy Halladay (Audio)

Tim Wilken has built a reputation as one of the best scouts of amateur talent in baseball. He is currently Special Assistant to the President/General Manager of the Chicago Cubs. His career started with Toronto in 1977 when hired as an amateur scout. The Bluejays would eventually promote Wilken to Vice President of Baseball Operations […]

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Mick in Orlando: Rule 5 Draft, Two New Cubs, Looking Forward

Rule 5 draft Thursday was the Rule 5 Draft. That is where teams can take players from other organizations who are not protected on the 40 man roster. If a player is selected in the MLB phase of the draft, they must remain on that teams 25 man roster for the entirety of the following […]

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Mick in Orlando – Disney World, What’s Up Doc, TSA

Disney World It seems as though there are five cities the Winter Meetings rotate through: Nashville, Dallas, New Orleans, Anaheim, and Orlando. Now that I have been in the industry for some time, I’m starting to run into these places for the second or even third times. This year the meetings are in Orlando and one […]

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Mick in Orlando: Job Fair, Affiliate Dinner, Old Colleagues

Job Fair I remember when I went to my first Winter Meetings in Nashville. I went to the job fair looking for work and was surrounded by 500 other people in the same boat as me. There were only four radio jobs available and unfortunately I did not receive any of them. I did however […]

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Mick In Orlando: Winter Meetings Kick-Off, Three Inductees, The Sunshine State

It’s Time to Play Let’s Make a Deal Monday kicked-off the Baseball Winter Meetings. I was excited about getting to go this year and the atmosphere was jolting with electricity as everyone began to arrive. One great part about the winter meetings is that it gives me a chance to catch-up with many of my […]

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