It is too bad there have to be two sides to most stories.
I wrote extensively in Thursday's Independent Baseball Insider column about Indy grads who are showing well in major league spring training camps. This is the flip side, those players whose time has ended in the major league camps--at least for this spring. All of these players have been reassigned to minor league camps unless otherwise noted. The former Independent affiliations are in parenthesis:
OFF 40-MAN MAJOR LEAGUE ROSTERS: P Travis Schlichting, Los Angeles-NL (Kansas City, KS, Northern League); P R.J. Swindle, Milwaukee (Schaumburg, IL, Northern and Newark, NJ, Atlantic League).
NON-ROSTER INVITEES: R Seth Etherton, Arizona (Long Beach, CA, Golden League); P Charlie Zink, Boston (Yuma, AZ, Western League); INF Brian Myrow, Chicago-AL (Winnipeg, Northern); P Adam Pettyjohn, Cincinnati (Long Beach, Golden); 3B Corey Smith, Kansas City (Newark, Atlantic); P Tom Martin, New York-NL (Long Island, NY, Atlantic); 1B Tagg Bozied, Oakland, (Sioux Falls, SD, Northern); P Jerome Williams, Oakland (Long Beach, Golden); P Gabe DeHoyos, San Diego (Schaumburg, Northern); P Jason Childers, Tampa Bay (Richmond, IN, Frontier League); P Bobby Brownlie, Washington (Newark, Atlantic).
Outfielder Jay Gibbons (Long Island, Atlantic) was released by Florida.
While these players hopes of being in the majors have been dashed this time just think how many other players would have loved the experience of at least being in a major league camp.
By our count, 42 other players with Independent Baseball experience remain in major league camps with a little over two weeks to go before opening day.
Friday, March 20, 2009
MAJOR LEAGUE DREAMS END--AT LEAST FOR NOW
Former chief spokesman for Major League Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth. Six years as publicity director for the Kansas City Royals, and a background in newspaper, radio and television. Started Wirz & Associates, a sports PR and consulting firm, in 1985. Has written extensively on Independent Baseball since 2003.