Archive for the ‘ General Baseball 2017 ’ Category

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.

We Meet Again – Paez and Marks

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Shortstop Michael Paez (3) of the Columbia Fireflies, left, laughs with former Coastal Carolina teammate Anthony Marks (29) of the Augusta GreenJackets, after Marks landed on second base in a game on Opening Day, Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, South Carolina. It was the first time the two met on the field since Coastal won the NCAA National Championship in 2016.

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