Minor League Schedule: 5/18/11

For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. We have all types of notes for today. Three teams were rained out, all three games have been rescheduled, two of them this week as noted below. We also have an early morning doubleheader for West Virginia with Jameson Taillon currently listed as the game one starter. Indianapolis also plays an early afternoon game...

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Minor League Schedule: 5/17/11

For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. With Altoona back in action tonight, five teams will be going for the first time this year. The next team to start up their schedule will be the Dominican Sumer League team in late May followed by State College on June 19th and the Gulf Coast League team the following day. Lineups for today’s games will be...

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Minor League Schedule: 5/16/11

For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. The Venezuelan Summer League team opens their season this morning, we will post their schedule and game notes daily but the starting pitcher for them has never been announced ahead of time in the past so unless that practice changes we won’t be listing a pitcher for the day. We have a season preview for the...

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Venezuelan Summer League Pirates Season Preview

The Venezuelan Summer League roster has been released today and their season kicks off Monday, May 16th.The roster can be viewed here.  There are just 28 roster spots full as of right now, the team can have up to 35 players, so expect more added as the season goes on, especially the position players where only 11 players are listed. They play 72 games in the 6 team league which runs through August 6th. They have had the best record in...

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Sam Leever

When the Pirates signed pitcher Sam Leever in 1898, he was already 26 years old with no prior major league experience, and he only began is pro career in the minor leagues the previous season. A signing like that these days would likely fly totally under the radar, but Leever went on to be one of the greatest Pirates pitchers ever. Sam had played baseball regularly prior to 1897, but his real profession was as a school teacher and he...

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