Friday, June 20, 2014


Catching up on a number of Independent Baseball notes this Friday afternoon.

Wildness probably cost Steve Delabar his bullpen job with Toronto when he walked three and gave up a run when the Blue Jays were only trailing the New York Yankees 5-2 in the seventh inning Thursday night.  As we had noted in this week’s Independent Baseball Insider, Delabar (Can-Am and Frontier Leagues) had been optioned to Buffalo for two days earlier in the week, in part because of six walks in his previous 5.1 innings…Shawn Hill, who was scheduled to return to return to the Atlantic League’s York (PA) Revolution until Toronto decided to give him another look this season, has had two decent starts since his contract was sold to the Chicago White Sox.  Hill has allowed two earned runs in five and six-inning starts for Triple-A Charlotte, NC, bringing his season record in AA and AAA to 2-4, 4.63 for 11 appearances (nine starts)…I am not certain I would class the decision by the San Rafael (CA) Pacifics of the Pacific Association to wear uniforms next Friday (June 27) patterned after those worn by the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as one of the highlights of the season although it will net some publicity.  There is a worthy cause involved since A League of Their Own star Tom Hanks will autograph two of the uniforms with the proceeds after an auction going to support breast cancer…first baseman Mark Minicozzi’s 28 RBI in only 29 games with San Francisco’s top farm club in Fresno, CA along with his .423 on-base percentage has to keep the Giants thinking of this longtime Indy leaguer (Can-Am League, American Association and Atlantic League)…Former NBA star Tracy McGrady, who has been on the inactive list for some time, will make another start for Sugar Land, TX at Long Island, NY tomorrow (Saturday) in the 1 p.m. portion of a day-night doubleheader…catcher Salomon Manriquez, who spent a great deal of time in the Atlantic League and some in the American Association from 2009-last season, has taken a minor league coaching job in the Texas Rangers system.

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