April 24, 2014

No Restrictions: The Best Minor League Logos

Last summer, the Akron Aeros announced they were considering a name/identity change. A contest ensued, and the fans voted to keep the Aeros moniker over such choices as ‘Oats’, ‘Canal Diggers’, ‘Gum Dippers’ and ‘Rubber Ducks’. Good job fans.

Today, the Indians extended their player development contract with the Carolina Mudcats of the high A Carolina league through 2014.

What does this have to do with anything?

Well, I figure it gives me license to give you my Top Ten Minor League Baseball Logo list of course. Not that I need any pushing to discuss uniforms or logos. As I’ve said over and over, I’m kind of a uni-nerd that way. So here we go.

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Clippers Bats Whip Bulls 8-3 to Take a 2-0 Series Lead

IL Playoffs Round 1 – Game 2
Clippers 8, Bulls 3 (box)
COL leads series 2-0

Unlike Game 1, this time out both offenses established themselves early. By the end of the first inning, a combination of five runs–two more than had scored in the entire game–were in and on the scoreboard. But, it was the Clippers’ bats who would carry the day. Columbus starter–and former Durham Bull–Mitch Talbot got the chance to beat his former team, and was good enough after the first inning to give him team time to stretch their legs. And stretch they did.

Chad Huffman again led the offensive assault, with three hits in five trips, including a double and his second home run in as many games of the series. Huffman drove in two and also scored twice as well as the Clippers rocked former Tribe draft pick Chris Archer to the tune of five runs in 5.2 innings. Tim Fedroff, Travis Buck, Beau Mills, Juan Diaz, and Argenis Reyes all had two hits each as well, as the Clippers plated eight runs on 14 hits. They were especially potent with two outs, scoring all of their runs with two outs. [Read more...]

IL Playoffs Game 4: Clippers 13, Bulls 2 – INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPS!!

champs!Clippers 13, Bulls 2 – (box)
Series:
COL wins, 3-1

It was a perfect night for Columbus on Friday in Durham. Not only did they lay the wood to the Bulls to take home the Governor’s Cup, but AAA rookie Jason Kipnis decided to put some icing on the cake by hitting for the cycle.

As usual, the Clippers got solid starting pitching, and their offense took care of the rest as it has done for the majority of these IL Playoffs. And, while it’s hard to pick one guy as the offensive leader when the team lays down as many runs as did the Clippers, Kipnis deserves special mention, as he was playing in just his fourth game in AAA.

IL Playoffs Game 3: Bulls 3, Clippers 2 – Durham Stays Alive with a Walkoff Win

winning_runBulls 3, Clippers 2 – (box)
Series:
COL leads, 2-1

Unfortunately, the celebration has to wait at least one more day. The Clippers rallied to tie the game late, but couldn’t hold off Durham in the ninth as the Bulls managed to stay alive by taking Game 3.

Both starting pitchers were solid, and Yohan Pino turned in another brilliant start for Columbus, working 8.0 innings and allowing just two runs—one earned (ERA: 1.13)—but it ended up being the one unearned run that was ultimately the difference.

IL Playoffs Game 2: Clippers 4, Bulls 0 – Great Pitching and the Long Ball, ONE MORE WIN TO GO!

scoreboardClippers 4, Bulls 0 – (box)
Series:
COL leads, 2-0

Yesterday, I led with a note about scripting a playoff win, and if I could do it what my script would look like. I wrote: “My starting pitcher would work seven solid innings, and my offense would jump out early and make the other team play catch-up.” I plagiarize myself for one simple reason: Columbus is now one win away from the IL Championship, and they’ve continued to get it done with excellent starting pitching and timely hitting.

Last night was no different, as Zach McAllister took the mound and shut down the Durham Bulls for seven innings. Cord Phelps, Jared Goedert, and Jared Head each added solo home runs, and the Clippers closed out Huntington Park for the year in style.

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IL Playoffs Game 1: Clippers 18, Bulls 5 – That Just Happened.

scoreboardClippers 18, Bulls 5 – (box)
Series:
COL leads, 1-0

If you could script the first game of a baseball playoff series, what would you write? If it were me, it would be something like: “My starting pitcher would work seven solid innings, and my offense would jump out early and make the other team play catch-up.” David Huff took the hill for the Clippers and held up his end of the bargain, working 7.0 innings and allowing just one unearned run; and as you can see from the pic above, the Clippers offense more than did their part.

And honestly, the mark of a great playoff game is when your opponent hits a grand slam in the eighth inning, and you don’t even care.

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Da Clip Show – Keeping an Eye on the Tribe’s AAA Squad – 9/14/10 – Playoffs Edition Part Deux

Clip Show aims to be your weekly update for all things Columbus Clippers. Check back each Tuesday afternoon for team records, roster updates, and performance updates on some of the brightest prospects in the Tribe system.

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Wow, it looks like the Clippers have picked the right time to get hot again. Part of it is the fact that their AAA brethren have all been a bit more plundered by September call-ups from their big clubs, but the Clippers still had to get it done on the field. And get it done they did, handling Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with relative ease. Let’s take a quick look at the Clippers’ week, and take a more in-depth look at the IL Championship (Governor’s Cup) Series with Durham…

This Week: 3-1

Results: Beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the IL Semi-Finals