Phillip Wellman earns 1,000th win

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Manager Phillip Wellman of the Mississippi Braves watches batting practice on April 12, 2008, at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Former Braves farm system manager Phillip Wellman earned his 1,000th win this week. Details from MiLB.com.

A bit of trivia: As a Minor Leaguer, Wellman played for the Anderson (S.C.) Braves in 1984.

OF Tim Tebow of the Columbia Fireflies

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Outfielder Tim Tebow (15) of the Columbia Fireflies takes a practice swing during the team’s first batting practice of the season on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

OF Tim Tebow of the Columbia Fireflies

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Outfielder Tim Tebow (15) of the Columbia Fireflies works a fielding drill during the team’s first batting practice of the season on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

OF Tim Tebow of the Columbia Fireflies

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Outfielder Tim Tebow (15) of the Columbia Fireflies laughs with teammates during the first practice of the season on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Greg Bird of the Charleston RiverDogs

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Infielder Gregory Bird (32) of the Charleston RiverDogs is announced before game against the Greenville Drive on Opening Day, Friday, April 5, 2013, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi has made it clear that former Charleston RiverDogs first baseman Greg Bird is the Yanks’ new first baseman for 2017. I photographed Bird during the 2013 season when he hit 20 home runs for the RiverDogs, including more in Greenville than any Greenville player that season. Bird has been in the Yanks’ Minor League system since 2011.

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times writes about Greg Bird

Braves pitcher Touki Toussaint

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Starting pitcher Touki Toussaint (20) of the Rome Braves faces a batter in a game against the Greenville Drive on Thursday, September 1, 2016, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images

2B Ian Sagdal of the Hagerstown Suns

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Second baseman Ian Sagdal (13) of the Hagerstown Suns bats in a game against the Greenville Drive at Fluor Field at the West End on Sunday, July 17, 2016. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Pedro Avila of the Hagerstown Suns

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Starting pitcher Pedro Avila (15) of the Hagerstown Suns delivers a pitch in a game against the Greenville Drive at Fluor Field at the West End on Sunday, July 17, 2016. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Honoring Greenville’s call number 32

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Second baseman Nick Lovullo (36) of the Greenville Drive wears No. 32 on this jersey during a game against the Hagerstown Suns at Fluor Field at the West End on Sunday, July 17, 2016. Thirty-two was the call number for Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year. The Drive players all wore the 32 patch and the number was retired by the team. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Catcher Austin Rei collapses on the field

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Catcher Austin Rei (13) of the Greenville Drive is tended to on the field after collapsing in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game against Hagerstown and was carted off the field. Early word was that he was suffering from severe dehydration. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)