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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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From time to time, a new feature, Twitter polls, will pop up. The poll will be conducted @heelsonthefield, with the results being posted at a later date, usually the next day. The questions will, of course, always be baseball-related, but... Continue reading
After a ten year playing career, pitcher Michael Schlact, a former Rangers 3rd round pick in 2004, decided that the end had come. True to form, after much contemplating within and with wife Jillian, he remained upbeat looking toward the... Continue reading
Here’s another edition of ‘Three Up’ with MiLB writers Jarah Wright and Stephanie Metzger. JESSICA: Ok....let's see. I have a few things written down. I wanted to start with AFL. Are either of you tracking any player's progress there? Who’s... Continue reading
Maxx Tissenbaum capped off the regular season with a decision to head to Australia and play some more. He joined the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League, after spending 2014 with the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs. He finished with... Continue reading
Certain moments give you a sense of community that’s lacking these days. Several years ago, fans built bonds with minor leaguers by simply going to minor league games. They watched careers unfold and waited by the dugout for, pen and... Continue reading
A few weeks ago, baseball writers Jarah Wright and Stephanie Metzger joined me for a Twitter chat about prospects and the industry of baseball journalism. We decided to start doing a semi-sort of-regular private chat, and share it as a... Continue reading
In 2013 with the Twins, Chris Colabello had a cheering section across social media. After spending seven seasons in the independent leagues, he’d finally gotten his shot at the big leagues. After the Twins selected his contract in 2012, he... Continue reading
Reliever Zac Reininger spoke yesterday, via text, about the 2014 season in the Midwest League, bouncing back from an injury, and what he's focused on improving in the Arizona Fall League. With the Glendale Desert Dogs, he's pitched 4 innings... Continue reading
Change is inevitable, even in baseball, where traditionalism is cherished. The latest change is all the rage and it’s all about speeding up the pace of the game. That change would be radical, and attitudes vary on a clock being... Continue reading
When Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig steps down this year, he will leave behind an often criticized legacy. He may also leave behind a pardon for Pete Rose, by lifting the ban imposed on him in 1989 for gambling... Continue reading
The moment of comfort at the plate finally came for Michael Fransoso as the last few weeks of the season unfolded. He felt himself getting in that sometimes mysterious zone, where everything was feeling right at the plate. His swing... Continue reading
Leadership requires that you take full responsibility for the failures, and only partial responsibility for the successes. I believe in that and it's true in regard to this blog, particularly in 2014. In the off-season, I announced that I was... Continue reading
Earlier this week, the NFL stood on the front line of domestic violence prevention, as MLB remains indecisively on the sidelines. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a mea culpa in a statement that was backed by action. The policy,... Continue reading
Some guys feel they're just cut out for the bullpen and Kyle McKenzie believes in the 'bullpen mentality'. "I was a starter before I had Tommy John, but they didn't want me to pitch too many innings when I came... Continue reading
By: Matthew Kardos Like many years past, the New York Yankees did not own a first-round draft selection in this past June's MLB draft. With their first available pick in the second round, the Bronx Bombers selected left-handed reliever Jacob... Continue reading
Mets MiLB Roundup Catching Up With Jayce Boyd First baseman Jayce Boyd began this season with the Binghamton Mets in his second year of professional baseball. Much like teammate Brandon Nimmo (see link below), Boyd has made a quick path... Continue reading
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
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