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jessica quiroli
Born and raised in Philadelphia. Home of Rocky.
I'm a minor league baseball writer. Dirt under my fingernails.
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Welcome to year four of the list. This year I expanded the focus to include how far players social-media reach is. Players that have a big presence on Instagram and/or blog (and, as you’ll see, “vlog”) played a part in... Continue reading
"This is kind of relaxing. I have fun playing every day, but today statistics don't count. It's different than an average day and fun to be around the ballpark today." On the whether getting to relax during the All Star... Continue reading
Tony Franklin on Peter O'Brien: "The first thing I recognized after first game is that he's very professional. He hit some big home runs, some of the longest I've seen hit in that ballpark. But it didn't faze him. He... Continue reading
I wanted to take the time to address what's been a weird, difficult, unexpected baseball season, and where things stand with this blog and Minor League Ball. First of all, this blog will continue as it has for five years,... Continue reading
TRENTON, NEW JERSEY - The moment's come and gone, but Peter O'Brien spent a few days early in the baseball season leading all of baseball in home runs. Double-A is the level where most players are clarifying and fine-tuning what... Continue reading
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By: Matt Kardos (TRENTON)- Yankees backup catcher, Francisco Cervelli, began a rehab assignment with the Trenton Thunder on Wednesday night at Arm & Hammer Park. The 28-yar old Venezuelan product is nearing a big-league return after being placed on the... Continue reading
However he can get to the big leagues, Tommy Lawrence wants the shot. After being passed over in the June MLB Draft, University of Maine righty pitcher Lawrence got an offer he couldn't refuse from the Tampa Bay Rays. The... Continue reading
Drew Weeks was getting nervous. The Junior outfielder from the University of Florida expected to go in the first five rounds after several conversations with scouts. But when the 5th round concluded and his name wasn’t called, he was concerned.... Continue reading
Some plays leave an imprint on the mind. There's so many in a season, and they tend to run together. But there's always those stand-out moments that tell you more about a player than the 50 previous games and any... Continue reading
There were a few huge teen girl sensations that upped the idol status, before there was an 'American Idol.' One of them accomplished Teen Beat stardom by touring malls, and now she'll make her way to a baseball field. Tiffany,... Continue reading
By: Matthew Kardos The biggest story right now in the Eastern League and around all of baseball is the incredible start that Yankees prospect Peter O'Brien has gotten off to in Trenton. The 23-year old slugger has already mashed nine... Continue reading
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By: Matthew Kardos (Trenton) - New York Yankees catching prospect Peter O'Brien opened the 2014 campaign with High-A Tampa and exhibited power that has garnered immense attention throughout all of baseball. The 23-year old slugger blasted 10 homers in 30... Continue reading
The Bowling Green Hot Rods didn't lose hope. Despite a losing streak that stretched on for two weeks, the Hot Rods, Midwest League affiliate of the the Tampa Bay Rays, stayed upbeat because, well, that's what they have to do.... Continue reading
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By: Matt Kardos (TRENTON) The Trenton Thunder announced on Friday afternoon that New York Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan would be joining the club on major league rehab assignment. The 32-year old veteran suffered a neck injury early in spring training... Continue reading
Matt Tracy on his performance vs. Erie 4/18 from matt kardos on Vimeo. By:Matt Kardos Trenton Thunder pitcher Matt Tracy threw five innings of one-hit ball last night to help lead the Thunder to a 5-3 victory over the Erie... Continue reading
The Bowling Green Hot Rods simply should not be 2-11. They shouldn't be in last place of the Eastern Division of the Midwest League. The reason they shouldn't comes down to starting pitching, which has been the driving force for... Continue reading
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By: Matt Kardos (TRENTON, N.J) Flame throwing southpaw Henry Owens improved to 2-0 for Portland on Wednesday evening after shutting out the Thunder for 6.2 innings at Arm & Hammer Park. The 6'7" Owens has tremendous size for a starting... Continue reading
By: Matt Kardos The Eastern League season is just two days old, but we have already seen enough action to fill our baseball appetites for weeks. The two clubs who squared off for the championship crown last September are still... Continue reading
By: Matt Kardos The Eastern League has historically been home to some of the most elite and hyped prospects in all of baseball; 2014 is no exception. After the Trenton Thunder narrowly qualified for the postseason in 2013, they went... Continue reading
The 2013 Hudson Valley Renegades Showed Big Potential For Full-Season Play Continue reading
For UConn pitcher Brian Ward, 2014 has offered him a bigger spotlight. After struggling with health issues the past couple of years, and missing half of 2013 as well as another summer in the Cape Cod League, the lefty pitcher... Continue reading
Clearwater, Florida - Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus appreciates the process. Entering the major leagues and trying to adjust, while truly coming into his own, has taken time. He made his major league debut the day the Phillies clinched the... Continue reading
It's easy to be an egotistical chest-puffer when you're an athlete. Who's going to call you on it? Maybe your teammates, maybe your manager, but if you're playing well, or you're highly regarded in the system, you might just be... Continue reading
Managers get their assignments too. And Tommy Thompson got his, when the White Sox informed him they wanted him to manage the Class-A Winston-Salem Dash of the Carolina League. The territory is completely familiar. Thompson managed the Dash to a... Continue reading
1. Don't Be A Fan - If you began a fan, you can't continue as one. Don't mistake what that means. In your heart, you can be a fan, and if you aren't something's wrong! Loving the sport you cover,... Continue reading