[Minor League Baseball] in anticipation
punkinhead : May 10, 2007 08:03 AM

of a game report...i'll be watching the west michigan whitecaps hosting the cedar rapids kernels friday evening. gorkys hernandez is the guy to watch for west michigan, i guess...and cedar rapids features hank conger.

after action summary to follow.

Swampudlian : May 10, 2007 12:47 PM

Glad to have you in the house, punkin. Lookin' forward to it.

save me from the clowns : May 10, 2007 03:22 PM

What level of ball is that?

I'm a big fan of game reports. The more the merrier.

smftc

Swampudlian : May 10, 2007 04:54 PM

West Michigan Whitecaps are the Low-A affiliate of the Tigers. The Indians' equivalent (and, indeed, I think they are in the same league) is the Lake County Captains.

Ford Fricks Asterisk : May 10, 2007 06:35 PM

Nah, West Michigan is in the Midwest League, isn't it obvious that Lake County, Ohio would be in the South Atlantic League? I believe Lake County is both the farthest north and the farthest west of all Sally teams (Cleveland's AA affiliate in Akron also happens to be the farthest west of all Eastern League teams).

The National Association or whatever governing body determines what league a team belongs in must have been employing Oil Can Boyd when Lake County got the team, and figured that they're all next to an ocean (I'm counting on the Tribe fans here to get that). Seriously though, the only thing I can figure is that since Lake County was replacing Cleveland's affiliate in Columbus, Georgia, they just left them in the same league.

My next Akron game will be Saturday night, and should interest the Tigers fans, because it's against Erie. The game report probably won't come until a couple of days later, though.

BTW, welcome to the site, Punkinhead.

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Swampudlian : May 10, 2007 06:51 PM

Isn't there a Mahoning Valley Scrappers or something like that that is the lone Ohio team in the NY-Penn League?

I guess the problem is an odd number. If you put the Lake County Captains in the Midwest League, you'd have to put another team in there, too, and something like the West Virginia Power (Charleston, WV) just ain't gonna work out too well in the Midwest League, the same way that Lake County doesn't work out too well in the Sally League.

Wait a minute... Just took a look at the Sally League... Can anybody tell me why the Dayton Dragons and Fort Wayne Wizards are in the Midwest League, while the Lexington Legends and Lake County Captains are in the Sally? Anybody?

Ford Fricks Asterisk : May 10, 2007 07:46 PM

Yeah, the Scrappers are in Niles, Ohio (Youngstown burbs). I believe they replaced the Tribe's team in Burlington (or maybe Burlington was replaced later by a GCL team... I can't keep those lower levels straight). Either way, Burlington now appears to be a Royals farm club. Mahoning Valley is the short-season team where Cleveland sends their more advanced first year players (the highest picks and college kids from the June draft).

The Scrappers claim to fame is that they're one of the prime examples of Jim Traficant *coming through for his constituents*.

Lake County, the Tribe's other "where's that actually at?" farm club is in Eastlake, maybe a 20 minute drive NE of Cleveland. I usually make it to a game or two in Lake County each year, and meet up with a friend who lives about 10 minutes from the park. I've never been to a Scrappers game, though... seems like a long trip for low level baseball, when I'll see the better players soon enough in Lake County or Akron. Not to mention, why would I want to get that close to Youngstown?

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tomhamilton : May 10, 2007 09:17 PM

Hey, my wife is from Niles. But then again, she likes to make Youngstown mafia jokes so I doubt that she will mind.

The Scrappers' ballpark, Eastwood Field, is basically located at a mall. I've never been to a game there, but I have been to the Target on the other side of the parking lot several times.

Ford Fricks Asterisk : May 10, 2007 09:55 PM

I was thinking, "I hope Tom doesn't tell his wife this..." as I typed that, but then I was pretty sure she joked about Youngstown herself.

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Swampudlian : May 11, 2007 10:30 AM

Tom, that's fuggin' hilarious... I can just see the mall denizens wondering as the months go by... What are they putting in there? A Blockbuster? A chain restaurant? (A few months pass...) A baseball team? And they won't start until mid-June? WTF?

Ford Fricks Asterisk : May 11, 2007 03:31 PM

So, how badly did they screw up by not positioning the park so that hitters could take a wack at the Target sign?

Ford Fricks Asterisk : May 14, 2007 12:22 PM

No game report... I had a number of things to do on Saturday and decided that adding a trip to Akron for the game on top of that just wasn't feasible. Too bad, because the Aeros won 2-1 in the bottom of the 11th, when Argenis Reyes scored from second base on an infield single.

What really annoys me is that the Seawolves own website had said a few days earlier that Andrew Miller would make his first start for Erie on Sunday, but he ended up pitching Saturday night. Of course, if I had already picked up the screw I found in my tire Sunday morning, then it really is a good thing I didn't go to Akron.

Not that there was ever any chance of me going to Sunday's game, but that was a great one, too. The Tribe's #2 pitching prospect Chuck Lofgren pitched seven no-hit innings but left with a 1-1 tie. Then the Tribe's #1 over-draft Jake Dittler came in and gave up two runs in the 8th, but Akron scored three runs over the last two innings to pull out the win, with a 2-run Jon Van Every homer and a walk-off double from Dru Cabrera.

Akron split the four game series with Erie after losing the first two. This was the start of a stretch where Akron plays 11 of 18 games against Erie, as the two battle for 1st place in the EL's Southern Division. Akron now has a one game lead at 20-15. My next game should be Wednesday vs. Bowie (aka, the team that always carries a 30-year-old former major leaguer in their outfield).

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