June 24, 2014
Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective
- The Pittsburgh Pirates have purchased the contract of John Holdzkom from the Amarillo Sox. Holdzkom, in limited action for the Sox, has been nearly unhittable. He's struck out seven in just under eight innings, giving up only one run. Drafted in 4th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft from Salt Lake Community College by the New York Mets, his best season came in 2008 as a member of the Savannah Sand Gnats and Kingsport Mets. That year he struck out 100 in 86 innings. During his time in the independent leagues, he's really put together some good numbers. According to the American Association, in 42 2/3 innings, Holdzkom has a career 2.89 ERA with 36 K's.
- The Can-Am League and American Association will be available on TV for free! The have come to an agreement with InnovaTV, and according to a Can-Am press release, "will provide live streaming of every game across multiple platforms. Fans can view the games on www.independentprofessionalbaseball.com, which is compatible with desktop and laptop computers; a variety of Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; and Android mobile devices. InnovaTV is also available on ChromeCast, a Google product which allows direct streaming of a personal computer onto a television." You can always count on independent league baseball to think outside of the box to generate new ways for the fans to get involved and to promote the game.
- The Can-Am League's newest team in Ottawa officially has a name. The Ottawa Champions will take the field in 2015. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Can-AM League commissioner Miles Wolff and Ottawa Champions president, David Gourlay made the announcement.