Major league baseball's postseason might be a lot more interesting to Independent fans now that George Sherrill has been traded from Baltimore to the Dodgers. It certainly should be that way in Evansville, IN (Frontier League), Sioux Falls, SD (then of the Northern League and now of the American Association) and Winnipeg, Canada (Northern League).
Sherrill spent his first 4 1/2 years of professional baseball in those communities (1999-2003) before the majors got interested in this strong southpaw.
THREE MORE IN MAJORS
Independent Baseball can be proud of three other grads who have gotten back to the majors in recent days.
The latest addition is catcher Robinson Cancel, who has rejoined the New York Mets where he had some big moments last season. Cancel played for both Somerset, NJ and the traveling Road Warriors in the Atlantic League as well as in Edinburg, TX of the United League.
Randy Williams, who as we noted in this week's Independent Baseball Insider column had not been to The Show since 2005, is now in the Chicago White Sox bullpen. He had pitched in Edinburg when that city had a Central League franchise.
And, R. J. Swindle is once again with Milwaukee. His Indy days were spent with Newark, NJ of the Atlantic League and Schaumburg, IL of the Northern League. The only casualty from a major league roster in this span was Josh Kinney (River City, which is in O'Fallon, MO of the Frontier League), and I imagine he will be back with St. Louis later this season.
THE CHASE TO HIT .400
We had planned to feature Independent Baseball's top hitters in this week's column before other news crowded that item out. Two players were hitting above .400 as of Thursday with Brian Frichter of San Angelo, TX (United League) at a robust .422 and Jason James of Rockford, IL (Frontier League), whose 40-game hitting streak we featured a week ago, at .405. Calgary (Golden League) infielder Nelson Castro was knocking on the door at .392. The Golden League had seven of the top 10 hitters in all of Independent Baseball, with everyone at .364 or better.