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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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As the 2017 baseball season winds down, I wanted to address my time away from my blog, 'Heels on the Field', and the Minor League Baseball beat. Many circumstances in 2016 led to my decision to take a step back... Continue reading
It's MLB Draft Day and players with big league dreams are officially watching the clock. Every guy who hears his name called tonight by a major league team, will remember this day as uniquely their own. Some will be disappointed,... Continue reading
In the minor leagues, women have power. They’re GMs, Assistant GMs, positions mostly filled in MLB by men. Or make that Assistant GMs are mostly men. GMs are all men. MiLB has made a mark in many ways when it... Continue reading
Trenton, NJ—Things are exciting, as they usually are, in Trenton, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. There’s a mix of top ranked talent showing they’re developing at a fine pace. And then there’s guys who might not be... Continue reading
In the early part of the minor league season, players are simply getting back into the routine of playing everyday. There are no guarantees, no big league opportunity presenting itself just yet, at least not to the majority of minor... Continue reading
There’s something about a minor league rehab assignment that creates extra excitement around any MiLB ballpark. Most days, some teams may fudge the numbers a little to show they had higher attendance. Others regularly enjoy a strong turnout, especially on... Continue reading
No More Baseball “Clinics” for Women, Engage Female Fans as Fans- Every year we hear about the “clinics” teams hold to “teach” baseball to women and girls. This is an outdated idea that ignores nearly half the major league baseball... Continue reading
Several years ago, a scout at a minor league game paused at the mention of a player’s name. He was quiet for a moment, then, with a measured, definitive tone said, “He doesn’t have the emotional maturity to be in... Continue reading
FLA- Rays top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell continues to be the one to watch in the Rays organization as the 2017 season creeps closer. In 2016 we talked about his finding his way in his second season in the Florida... Continue reading
Long before professional baseball called, two boys sat at the kitchen table and listened to the adults talk politics. They learned a few things about the world. They formed a point of view. They learned more. And they gained a... Continue reading
There appears to be a new culture on the rise. The culture of baseball continues to be challenged and changed by Major League Baseball, with the PTB taking seriously issues of sexism, violence and homophobia. On Monday, MLB announced that... Continue reading
Within a few weeks, after a succession of events, my identity as a writer disappeared. It was that fast. And it was that definitive. For the first time since I was a child, and the first time in my professional... Continue reading
One morning, I received a private message on Twitter. It was a from a girl, a really young girl, who’d been making her way in the business and wanted to ask me a question. She’d been dealing with sexist harassment... Continue reading
I’ve never written anything political here and I’m not starting now. At the same time, the political is personal, and a lot of personal thoughts and feelings have risen up in the last 24-48 hours. After Republican nominee Donald Trump... Continue reading
As minor league baseball season was winding down, some news broke. The New York Mets had signed former football player (and former college baseball player) Tim Tebow to a contract, and assigned him to instructional league. This was following a... Continue reading
Tampa, FL- Fifteen pitches. That’s how many pitches Rays prospect Brent Honeywell throws in the bullpen, before starts.He started doing that after meeting Jose Fernandez. “To this day, that’s all I throw,” Honeywell said. “Because he did.” Marlins pitcher Jose... Continue reading
Tampa, FL- The Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays is inching closer to a Southern League playoffs spot. No surprise, when they’ve been consistent up and down the board. The Double-A test is a jump considered by many to... Continue reading
Tampa, FL- Wes Wilson is stepping up to the plate more these days. Literally and figuratively. The catcher for the High-A Tampa Yankees has been given more opportunities to play, and has taken advantage. Through four consecutive games this week,... Continue reading
Cubs reliever Aroldis Chapman holds the record for the fastest recorded pitch speed in MLB history (105.1). 85% of domestic abuse victims are women. 1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime. Chapman’s the fastest MLB... Continue reading
Tampa, FL- Nick Gordon looks like he’s eighty percent leg. When he stepped to the plate, he laid off a fastball that was called for a strike. On the next pitch, he got a solid hit for a single. As... Continue reading
What are we afraid of losing? When Jose Reyes, or Aroldis Chapman enter the baseball field, or we talk about Joe Paterno or O.J. Simpson’s football legacy, what in our conversation reveals our fear? Digging deep, we’d have to see... Continue reading
RHP Brent Honeywell had to overcome injury and the requisite growing pains this season, and now he's headed to Double-A Montgomery. He finishes his time with the High-A Stone Crabs with a 2.41/0.98 ERA/WHIP through 10 games with 63 strikeouts.... Continue reading
There are many issues and causes teams contribute time and money to, and, sometimes, the issue is personal. For former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, domestic violence is as personal as it gets. As the son of a Brooklyn,... Continue reading
Tampa, FL- Nick Ciuffo got the news that he’d been selected to the Florida State League All-Star Game. 24 Hours later he was placed on the DL. The injury, to his left pinky finger, means he misses the opportunity to... Continue reading
Clearwater, FL- There’s always one area of a player’s game that he begins the season focused on improving. Sometimes it’s a number of mechanical issues. Sometimes they talk about not getting too emotional when things don’t go right. But Ben... Continue reading