The Fort Worth Cats, an independent league franchise, may be returning to the diamond. The Cats have not fielded a team since 2014, but may return after a major announcement this week of major renovations to LeGrave Field, the team’s former home.
The Big South Conference announced this week that its annual baseball tournament will be played in Fayetteville, NC from 2019-21. The event will be held at the newly constructed Fayetteville Ballpark, which will also serve as the home to the Houston Astros Class-A team in the Carolina League. The team is currently playing its games at Jim Perry Field in Buies Creek, NC on the campus of Campbell University.
The Brady Bunch was one of my favorite television shows growing up. It was goofy at times, but they shared a lot of fun moments. The visited amusement parks, took a trip to the Grand Canyon and went to Hawaii.
Several iconic sports figures made appearances on the show, including Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale and Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Wes Parker.
Arkansas RHP Keaton McKinney has decided to give up baseball, according to WholeHogSports. McKinney has had three different surgeries in his UA career. He missed the 2018 season following a second Tommy John surgery.
Nashville was among the list of cities Commissioner Rob Manfred mention as possible expansion cities for Major League Baseball. The list includeed Nashville, Portland, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Montreal and Vancouver. He also said MLB was exploring sites in Mexico.
The American League won its sixth straight Major League All-Star Game with an 8-6, 10-inning win over the National League at the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.
The teams combined for All-Star Game record 10 home runs in the game. Houston Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back home runs off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Striplin in the 10th inning.
Bregman was named the 2018 Ted Williams Most Valuable Player following the game. Bregman finished 1-for-3 with one home run and one RBI as the backup third baseman.
A former LSU All-American shortstop, Bregman became the fifth SEC player to hit an All-Star Game home run, joining Auburn’s Bo Jackson (1989), Miss. State’s Will Clark (1992), Auburn’s Frank Thomas (1995) and Tennessee’s Todd Helton (2003).
Bregman and Jackson are the only two former SEC players to earn All-Star Game MVP honors.
The American League has won the last six All-Star games and 13 of 14 overall. The AL now leads the all-time series 44-43-2. This marks the first time since 1963 the AL has held the series lead in the All-Star Game.
On a personal note, I have attended 12 different All-Star events across all levels of baseball, including the 1993 All-Star Game (Baltimore), 1995 All-Star Game (Arlington), 1996 All-Star Game (Philadelphia) and 1999 All-Star Game (Boston).
Other events include 1991 Southern League All-Star Game (Chattanooga), 1993 MLB Home Run Derby (Baltimore), 1994 Triple-A All-Star Game (Nashville), 1995 Double-A All Star Game (Shreveport), 1996 Double-A All-Star Game (Trenton, NJ), 1999 Futures Game (Boston), 1999 MLB Home Run Derby (Boston), 2003 Southern League All-Star Game (Knoxville) and 2009 Southern League All-Star Game (Birmingham).
LSU and Tulane are not scheduled to meet on the baseball diamond this season for the first time since 1936. The teams are expected to resume their series at the 2020 Wally Pontiff Classic in New Orleans.