Archive | January, 2014
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Smokies Alum Michael Young Retiring

Seven-time Major League All-Star and 2000 Tennessee Smokies alum Michael Young is retiring after a 14-year career in the Big Leagues. Young is the second Smokies alum that went on to become an MLB All-Star  to announce his retirement prior to the 2014 season, following two-time Cy Young Award winner and 1997 Smokies alum Roy […]

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Hot Stove Baseball Podcast (Audio) Inning 4

Veteran Major League Baseball Scout Gary Hughes and Broadcaster Mick Gillispie discuss an array of off season topics. The show starts with the guys talking about Spring Training. It was announced earlier this week that Mick would again work with Len Kasper on the Cubs Cactus League broadcast. This includes 23 games and the opening […]

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The Rickwood Classic in Review

Late last May, the Smokies experienced a blast from the past when they played their division rival Birmingham Barons. What made the game special was the setting. The game took place at America‚Äôs oldest surviving baseball park; Rickwood Field, for the 18th annual Rickwood Classic. At the May 29th Rickwood Classic, the middle game of […]

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Cubs Spring Training Broadcast Schedule Announced; Smokies Voice Gillispie To Call 23 Contests

The Chicago Cubs recently announced their Spring Training broadcast schedule, with Tennessee Smokies Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie once again joining Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper to call 23 contests on Cubs.com. The broadcasts will be available for free on the site, with the first broadcast and Cactus League game on February 27 in the Cubs’ […]

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Baez, Alcantara Among MLB.com’s Top 100 Overall Prospects

MLB.com revealed their top 100 prospects in baseball Thursday evening on MLB Network, with a pair of 2013 Tennessee Smokies infielders honored, in addition to five other Cubs prospects. Shortstop Javier Baez was rated seventh overall, while shortstop/second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was tabbed the No. 89 overall prospect. The entire list, with scouting reports, can […]

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New Faces on Cubs Top 10 Prospects List on Baseball America

Baseball America recently released their of lists of the top 10 prospects in each major league organization for the 2014 season. In comparison to the list Baseball America devised for the Cubs 2013 campaign; there is little change. However, the two new names to crack the list quickly leap-frogged to the two and three positions […]

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Javier Baez Ranked #2 Shortstop Prospect By MLB.com

MLB.com today revealed the top ten shortstop prospects in the game, with 2013 Tennessee Smokies infielder Javier Baez named as the second best player at that position. Baez trailed only Boston Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts in the rankings, which can be viewed by clicking here. During his time in Kodak, Baez accumulated a .294 average […]

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Alcantara Rated #4 Second Base Prospect By MLB.com

Another 2013 Smokies infielder gained recognition as MLB.com continues to count down their top ten prospects at each position, with infielder Arismendy Alcantara rated the fourth-best prospect at second base. The entire list can be viewed by clicking here. Alcantara spent all of last year with the Smokies, recording a .271 batting average (134-494), adding […]

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Cubs Convention Days Two and Three

It was ice-cold and snowing outside on day two of the Chicago Cubs Convention, but inside the Sheraton Riverfront hotel it was warm and exciting. While the weather kept me from venturing outside I did enjoy watching the snow fall onto Downtown Chicago from my room on the 31st floor of the building. However, I […]

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Cubs Convention Day One

I always enjoy the annual Chicago Cubs Convention and a big reason is because it is the first baseball related event I attend in the new year. This one marks my fourth year in a row  and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store. The convention in is Downtown Chicago at the Sheraton Riverfront […]

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