Independent Baseball has had more superb feats by its graduates already this week to give this typist plenty of ammunition for Thursday's Independent Baseball Insider, but all of our thoughts at the moment need to be sent in the direction of the flood-drenched Texas coast.
It probably would not register with every baseball fan because of the geography, but both the United and Continental Leagues have had their schedules disrupted by the hurricane. We can only hope they escape long-term damage.
Both Laredo and Harlingen in the Lone Star State had enough advance warning that they actually played games ahead of when they were scheduled. Harlingen moved a Wednesday game up to be part of a Monday doubleheader and Laredo moved its Wednesday contest to be half of a Tuesday twin bill.
The Continental called off a series between Texarkana and Corpus Christi.
Some games on the East Coast also will no doubt be lost because of heavy rain expected over a wide swath of real estate tonight (Wednesday).
As for the most recent feats by onetime Indy players in the majors, add Yankees outfielder Justin Christian to the headliners. His two-run double broke up a scoreless battle between New York and Minnesota this afternoon, jump-starting the suddenly hot New Yorkers as they reeled off still another Yankee Stadium victory. Christian, one of four players who started their pro career in Independent Baseball (River City, Frontier League) and broke into the majors this season, went 2-for-3 and stole a base in a rare start.
Tuesday night, the unbelieveable scoreless streak of onetime Schaumburg, IL (Northern League) hurler Brad Ziegler continued with the Oakland Athletics. With two scoreless innings in a win at Tampa Bay, the submariner now owns the American League record for most zeroes to start a career (23.2) and is only four outs shy of tying the major league record. George McQuillan had his 25 innings for Philadelphia a short 101 years ago.
Little old Indy strikes again.