With no Winter League action on the schedule for yesterday or today, it's time to switch to postseason coverage for four of the five leagues still playing. The lone exception is the Australian Baseball League, which still has four weeks left to it's schedule.
The League in Puerto Rico wrapped up on Sunday, with Ivan DeJesus taking home the league's batting crown with his .364 average. He also led the league with 52 hits. The league's playoff series begins on Wednesday, though no Pirates are on the roster of any team that advanced to the playoffs.
It has been announced that DeJesus(and his teammates) have been suspended for the rest of the off-season for refusing to play Monday night. The players claimed their team was behind on payments and they protested by forfeiting the last day of the season. League rules allow for players from teams that didn't make the playoffs, to continue on with a new team if they're wanted. The suspension rules out that possibility for DeJesus, who is ...
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.