Results tagged ‘ Southern League ’

Former Tigers, Mud Hens, skipper Larry Parrish to manage Whitecaps

The 2013 baseball season is starting to look a little brighter for us Whitecaps fans, as Larry Parrish was officially assigned to manage the team yesterday. It seems his managing career is coming full circle, though, after managing in the bigs and at the Triple-A level, he’s back in Class A baseball where he started. Parrish’s last job was the hitting coach for the Atlanta Braves, but took off the 2012 season after he was let go in 2011. Lucky he was still available when the Tigers organization called with the West Michigan job offer.

“The Tigers called to give me an opportunity and, for me, I really enjoy the minor leagues and the teaching aspect of it,” Parrish stated in a press release. “I talked to a couple of other clubs, but I’m comfortable with the Tigers. I was with the organization for a long time and was treated well, so it was a feeling coming back to work with your family.”

Parrish started his career with the Tigers organization back in 1992, taking the helm of the Class-A SS Niagara Falls Rapids, leading the team to a NY-Penn League championship. He worked as a roving minor league hitting instructor for three seasons before being assigned to the Double-A Jacksonville Suns in 1996. He also took the Suns to a Southern League championship. A year later, he was in the bigs, as the bench coach in Detroit. He took over the reigns as manager half-way though the 1998 season after Buddy Bell was relieved of duty. He had the privilege of managing the Tigers in their last year in historic Tigers Stadium in 1999, also. He also worked as a scout for the Tigers until he took over as manager of their Triple-A affiliate Toledo Mud Hens in 2003. He was named Minor League Manager of the Year in 2005 by the Sporting News after leading the Hens to the International League championship, a feat he repeated in 2006. Parrish named that Governor’s Cup championship is his favorite coaching achievement, also.

“I would think winning the championship in Toledo after they hadn’t won it in like 40 years. That was neat for the people there and to be a part of it. It’s always nice to win, ” he stated, but also recognizes the differences between the Triple-A and Class-A levels. “There you have guys who’ve either played in the big leagues a little bit or have gone though the system. At the A-ball level, you have to have more patience. They’re going to have some great games and they’re going to have games where you go ‘Oh, Lord’. But that’s part of it. But, to me, being able to coach and hopefully teach will have an impact. Experience-wise, having played and coached in the big leagues, I know what it takes to have to play at that level. That’s the whole idea.”

Parrish has visited the Grand Rapids area in the past after surgery in 2007 and was doing some roving instruction. He was very impressed with the stadium and fan support of the Whitecaps. The Tigers director of minor league operations is very pleased with their selection, also. As far as the rest of the Whitecaps staff goes, hitting coach Scott Dwyer will return next season, while pitching coach Mark Johnson will be assigned to Class-A SS Connecticut. As a player, Parrish was a two-time Major League All-Star in 1979 and ’87. He had a career batting average of .263 with 256 homers and 992 RBI’s. He played in Montreal, Texas, and Boston, before ending his pro career with two seasons in Japan.

Parrish chatting it up with Tigers manager Jim Leyland in 2008 when he was managing the Mud Hens

I know the Tigers are in the playoffs, which is very exciting, but having a guy with this kind of resume’ taking over has me excited for next season. Hopefully this will not only mean possibly more championships in West Michigan, but better prepared players working their way up to Detroit.

Top photo courtesy of the West Michigan Whitecaps

Bottom photos courtesy of the Associated Press

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Being Mobile in Alabama

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hankstadium2.jpgHeading to Mobile, Alabama to watch the Central Michigan Chippewas take on Troy in the GMAC Bowl, did not really quench my thirst for some baseball. While down there we stopped by Hank Aaron Stadium, home to the Mobile BayBears of the AA Southern League, to check things out.

Southern hospitality had to have started here, as we were invited right into the offices of the BayBears. The gentelman working was nice enough to open the gift shop for us, and the stadium, so we could get some pictures. We also got to see Hank Aaron’s childhood home, which is being reconstructed at the ballpark. Unfortunately, the museum doesn’t open until April, but we could still see the progress from the outside.

My only regret about this trip was not being able to see a game played here. It is a very unique stadium, with the luxury boxes actually at the ground level. This opens things up for the regular seats to have some very good sitelines of the field. I’ve heard some complaints on other sites about this, but really how boring would things be if all ballparks were built the same. Hank Aaron Stadium is truelly an original spectical.

The museum opens on April 14, with Hank himself being in attendance. We were also told that the likes of Ozzie Smith, Bob Feller, and Bud Selig (yeah) will be there. I, unfortunately, will not probably be able to attend, but I would recommend it to anyone in that area.

For you fooball fans, CMU beat Troy 44-41 in double OT in one of the best games I’ve witnessed.

 
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baybears.jpg  Photos property of MIB

Logo of the Month: Chattanooga Lookouts

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Affiliation: Los Angeles Dodgers

League: Southern League (AA)

Home Field: AT & T Field

Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Notable Alumni: Harmon Killebrew, Burliegh Grimes, Ferguson Jenkins, Trevor Hoffman, Adam Dunn, Pete Rose Jr.

Fun Facts: This franchise has been around since 1885 (that’s 124 seasons of Lookout baseball). The team played an exhibition game against the Yankees in 1931. At one point during the game, 17 year-old female pitcher Jackie Mitchell struck out Lou Gerhig and Babe Ruth. Just days after the game, MLB commisioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis voided Mitchell’s contract, stating the baseball was too strenuous for females. Mascot name is Looie. In 2009 the Lookouts won the Larry MacPhail trophy for best promotions by a Minor League Team.

Official Chattanooga Lookouts Website

MiLB Champions Crowned

milbplayoffs.jpgThe Minor League Baseball season has come to an end (sigh). Here are the list of champions from their respective leagues. Any I missed I’ll try to get updated when I can. Looked like some exciting playoffs all around. I hope some other fans got to witness any of these games.

TRIPLE A

International League

Durham Bulls(TB) defeated Scranton/WB Yankees(NYY)

Pacific Coast League

Memphis Red Birds(STL) defeated Sacramento River Cats(OAK)

Triple A National Championship

Durham Bulls defeated Memphis Red Birds in 11 innings 

DOUBLE A

Southern League

Jacksonville Suns(FLA) defeated Tennessee Smokies(CHC)

Eastern League

Akron Aeros defeated Connecticut Defenders(SF)

Texas League

Midland RockHounds(OAK) defeated NW Arkansas Naturals(KC)

CLASS A

Midwest League

Fort Wayne TinCaps(SD) defeated Burlington Bees(KC)

South Atlantic League

Lakewood Blue Claws(PHI) defeated Greenville Drive(BOS)

Florida State League

Tampa Yankees(NYY) defeated Charlotte Stone Crabs(TB)

CLASS A-SS

New York/Penn League

Sctanton Island Yankees(NYY) defeated Mahoning Valley Scrappers(CLE)

Northwest League

Salem Keizer Volcanoes defeated Tri-City Dust Devils(COL)

ROOKIE

Pioneer League

Orem Owlz(LAA) defeated Missoula Osprey(PHO)

 

MiLB First Round Playoffs

The Minor League playoffs have started, and it’s an exciting time. Bare with me as I’lmilbplayoffs.jpgl try to keep updated on all of the leagues and how the series are coming along. I’ll be adding new leagues and updating things as fast as I can.
If I missed your favorite league or team, let me know and I’ll get it posted.

TRIPLE A

International League

Gwinnett Braves(ATL) vs. Scranton/WB Yankees(NYY) Yanks advance 

Durham Bulls(TB) vs. Louisville Bats(CIN) Bulls advance 

Pacific Coast League

Albuquerque Isotopes(LAD) vs. Memphis Red Birds(STL) Red Birds advance                          Sacramento River Cats(OAK) vs. Tacoma Rainiers(SEA) Cats advance 

DOUBLE A

Southern League

Birmingham Barons(CHW) vs. Jacksonville Suns(FLA) Suns advance

Huntsville Stars(MIL) vs. Tennessee Smokies(CHC) Smokies advance 

 Eastern League

Akron Aeros vs. Reading Phillies(PHI) Aeros advance 

New Britain Rock Cats(MIN) vs. Connecticut Defenders(SF) Defenders advance

Texas League

NW Arkansas Naturals(KC) vs. Springfield Cardinals(STL) Nats advance

Midland Rockhounds(OAK) vs. San Antonio Mission(SD) Rockhounds advance

 

CLASS A

Midwest League

West Michigan Whitecaps(DET) vs. Great Lakes Loons(LAD) Loons advance

Fort Wayne TinCaps(SD) vs. South Bend Silver Hawks(ARZ) TinCaps advance

Cedar Rapids Kernels(LAA) vs. Peoria Chiefs(CHC) Kernels advance 

Kane County Cougars(OAK) vs. Burlington Bees(KC) Bees advance 

 South Atlantic League

Greenville Drive(BOS) vs. Asheville Tourists(COL) Drive advance

Lakewood Blue Claws(PHI) vs. Kannapolis Intimidators(CHW) Claws advance

Florida State League

Charlotte Stone Crabs(TB) vs. Fort Meyer Miracle(MIN) Crabs advance

Tampa Yankees(NYY) vs. Brevard Co. Manatees(MIL) Yanks advance 

CLASS A-SS

New York-Penn League

Lowell Spinners(BOS) vs. Stanten Island Yankees(NYY) Yankees advance                             Brooklyn Cyclones(NYM) vs. Mahoning Valley Scrappers(CLE) Scraps advance

Northwest League

Salem Keizer Volcanoes vs. Tri-City Dust Devils(COL) Volcanoes win Championship 3-1

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