Stories Making Headlines Around The Minors
• Short-season Lowell has made a name for itself the past couple of years by successfully marketing its anti-Yankees philosophyâ€”the club has donated more than $40,000 in equipment to youth baseball teams that will name themselves after the Spinners instead of the Yankees. Lowell has taken it to a new level by purchasing the first base from the Yankees used in the 2004 ALCSâ€”the site of the infamous Alex Rodriguez slap play.
• Former Portland owner and longtime front office executive Jack Cain is staying on with the Beavers under new owner Merritt Paulson–though his title and job description is a tad vague.
• Colorado Springs executive Rai Henniger has been upgraded to fair condition but still has a tough road ahead of him. Henniger was severely injured when a fireworks display he was setting up exploded prior to a gameâ€”and details have emerged about two soldiers in attendance likely saved his life.
One year later, John Drennen is still getting comments about his shot heard round the worldâ€”a home run off Roger Clemens during his rehab start with Lexington.
• Battle Creek makes its home debut tonight in the Northwoods League.
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