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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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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
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
Per the Phillies, the minor league schedule begins with a 'Phillies vs. Canadian Jr. National Team' "Prospects Series" at Al Lang Stadium. The game has a 2 PM start. March 11th, the Triple-A and Double-A Blue Jays are at Phillies... Continue reading
When he arrived in Brooklyn, New York in 2012, Brandon Nimmo was surrounded by a whirlwind of press. Most of the attention on the Mets 2011 first round pick focused on how he'd come from a high school without a... Continue reading
Derek Jeter stood for something when baseball fell apart. Continue reading
San Diego Padres Cody Decker spoke recently about embracing yoga & adding the practice to his regular fitness routine. The story will run on, but here's an excerpt and photos of the infielder practicing at Haute Yogi Manhattan Beach.... Continue reading
I won't forget the first moment I walked into a minor league clubhouse. The big club's top prospect was there, and he was the ring leader. He made sure to make me as uncomfortable and unwelcome as possible. As did... Continue reading
After the 2013 season, Travis Shaw just had to get away from baseball. The first baseman needed a break, to clear the way for a new start. It didn't take long. Soon, he realized that the Red Sox still had... Continue reading
For anyone in the know about these things, Justin Pope not returning to manage the Staten Island Yankees (I was unable to confirm whether he quit or wasn't asked back) was a bit of a surprise. The impression was that... Continue reading
Jon Hunton has been a solid closer for the Somerset Patriots, but his impact goes far deeper. This season, he's been promoted from an assistant position under manager Brett Jodie, to Director of Player Personnel. He'll also continue to be... Continue reading
The MLB Top 100 Prospects has gotten bigger in excitement value. Social media is a big part of the reason, as well as MLB Network televising and paying so much attention to the unveiling. It's gotten...funner (heyyyy). After watching it... Continue reading
The Durham Bulls get a total makeover to kick off the 2014 season. Continue reading
Once in awhile I veer off the minor league baseball direction to write something broader or more personal here. This time, I decided to take on a story that's being talked about a lot the twenty-four hours. In a piece... Continue reading
The Yankees Double-A affiliate of the Eastern League has narrowed the names for their new bat dog to eight, and you can vote for your favorite. Here are your choices: Slugger Thor Slider Rookie Mo Scooter (Inside The) Parker AceGo... Continue reading
"It's an exquisite suspension of all things mundane, in which nothing matters but living in that particular instant." ~ Susan Casey, 'The Wave' "It's all about where your mind's at." ~ Kelly Slater In the ocean, or on the mound,... Continue reading
Tommy Phelps will return to his role as Trenton Thunder pitching coach for 2014, marking his sixth year in the role. Phelps helped lead the Double-A Yankees club to an Eastern League title in 2013, along with returning manager Tony... Continue reading