All of a sudden two more former Independent players are getting major league opportunities, bringing the total of additions this week to three. It also means 28 onetime Indy players have been on active rosters this season, equalling the total for all of last season with more likely to come since the Triple-A and Double-A leagues end their regular season on Labor Day.
Right-hander Justin James, who was with the Kansas City (KS) T-Bones in the Northern League earlier this season, is now with Oakland and he has been joined by catcher Mike Rivera with Florida and another righty, Robert Coello, with Boston. Rivera, with Milwaukee much of the last two seasons, played his Indy baseball with Atlantic City, NJ of the Atlantic League in 2005 and Coello played for both Edmonton and Calgary of the Golden League two years ago.
James and Coello are in the majors for the first time.
Sunday, September 05, 2010
MARLINS, RED SOX LATEST TO ADD FORMER INDEPENDENT PLAYERS
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.