October 27, 2013
Welcome to the latest Indy Ball Weekly Perspective.
- The Winnipeg Goldeyes have been selected to host the 2014 American Association All-Star Game. This will be the third time the Goldeyes have been selected to host the Summer Classic, the first two while with the Northern League (2001, 2008). The game will be held on Wednesday July 29, 2014 at Shaw Park.
- The Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League have signed Brett Williams, formerly of N.C. State. In two years with the Wolfpack, Williams batted .267 with nine home runs and 67 RBI. Originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 25th round of the 2011 Draft, he made one of the most ridiculous catches you have ever seen during a late February game against New Mexico State.
- Ozzie Guillen is apparently interested coaching the Chicago White Sox and/or Chicago Cubs. It seems unlikely that may happen anytime soon, though there is another Illinois club that is willing to accept his services. The Joliet Slammers, the 2011 Frontier League champions, would obviously accept a flood of publicity for this move, but the likelihood of Guillen joining the Slammers coaching staff is a stretch of the imagination.
- The Freedom Professional Baseball League was established in 2012 and consists of four teams throughout Arizona. League standout Matt Chavez won the league's Triple Crown. The right-handed catcher of the Prescott Montezuma Federals batted .430 with 18 home runs and 49 RBI in 39 games. These numbers caught the attention of the San Francisco Giants organization who signed him to a minor league contract. Originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 44th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft, Chavez attended the University of San Francisco. Over four years, he played in 144 games batting .235 with 11 home runs. Here is another example proving that it doesn't matter where you play, if you can hit the ball, scouts will find you.