Making sense of my desk at the end of some split season mayhem and during the All-Star Game frenzy is a challenge, but there are a few notes I wanted to share which arrived too late or did not make my weekly Independent Baseball Insider column.
The best news in All-Star land probably was the telephone call Craig Breslow received. The former New Jersey Jackals lefthander was not used in the Triple-A All-Star Game, but he is now wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform. We hope Terry Francona can give this Yale grad a good look. Breslow logged major league time with San Diego last season.
Aaron Herr, who had signed to play for his dad, Tommy, in Lancaster, PA in the Atlantic League before Cincinnati signed him in 2005, did not appear in the Southern League All-Star Game as scheduled because he had been promoted to Triple-A Louisville.
Among the Independent Baseball grads who played in affiliated All-Star Games, Nate Field (Sioux City, IA) worked a scoreless inning in AAA while Corey Thurman (Florence, KY, Frontier League) hurled two scoreless frames with three strikeouts in the Southern League game and James Johnson (Canton, OH, Frontier) got in one scoreless inning in the Eastern League contest.
One highlight from an Independent All-Star Game was the continued performance by San Angelo, TX second baseman John Anderson in the United League game, which was played before a standing room-only crowd of 6,212 in Edinburg, TX. Anderson, who as we pointed out in this week's Insider leads all of Independent Baseball with his .389 average, hammered a three-run homer to help the All-Stars beat up on Edinburg, 12-2. Anderson had that record-setting 31-game hitting streak earlier.
Friday, July 14, 2006
BEANTOWN BECKONS BRESLOW
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.