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Kevin Cash named Tampa Bay manager
December 12, 2014
Kevin Cash named Tampa Bay Rays new manager, Photo Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays
Kevin Cash (Sussex Colonels, 1997) is the new manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Cash played third base for the Colonels after his freshman year at Florida State and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent in 1999. He played eight seasons in the Major Leagues as a catcher and served as Cleveland's bullpen coach for the past two seasons.

The 37 year old Tampa native becomes the youngest active manager in the majors. He replaces another former ACBL player, Joe Maddon (Scranton Red Soxx, 1973-75), who joined the Chicago Cubs as their new manager in October.

Kevin Cash photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Rays

Vogelsong plays key role as Giants advance to NLCS
October 8, 2014
Ryan VogelsongRyan Vogelsong (Kutztown University, Quakertown Blazers, 1996-1997) only allowed two hits and one run over 5 2/3 innings as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Nationals 3-2 to advance to the NL Championship Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.

By holding the Nats to one run over 5 2/3 innings, Vogelsong became the first pitcher in Major League history to allow no more than one run in each of his five career postseason starts. Vogelsong's previous four playoff outings came in 2012.

He has now given up a total of four earned runs in 30 1/3 postseason innings for a 1.19 ERA which ranks him ninth lowest in postseason ERA with more than 30 innings pitched.

Kanzler Propels Miracle to FSL Championship
September 12, 2014
Jason Kanzler
Former Staten Island Tide outfielder, Jason Kanzler, hit a two run home run in the eleventh inning to propel the Fort Myers Miracle to the Florida State League Championship in a 4-2 win over the Daytona Cubs.

In his first playoff game Kanzler delivered a game-tying grand slam on a six RBI night as the Twins High A affiliate defeated Brevard County.

In 2013 Kanzler was drafted in the 20th round by the Twins following his senior year at the University of Buffalo. Kanzler was promoted to Fort Myers in August after hitting .286 with nine home runs, 48 RBI and 15 stolen bases for Cedar Rapids.

He has been invited to the Twins fall Instructional League which runs from September 15 thru October 12, 2014.

Tropeano called up by Astros
September 2, 2014

Nick Tropeano called up by the Houston Astros today

RHP Nick Tropeano was called up by the Houston Astros today and became the fourth former ACBL player to make a MLB roster for the first time this year.

Tropeano was an ACBL All-Star in 2009 when he posted a 7-3 record for Riverhead. He put up a 1.61 ERA with 77 strikeouts in 50 innings for the Tomcats.

In 2011 he was drafted in the fifth round of the MLB draft by the Astros out of Stony Brook University.

This season he struck out 120 in 124.2 innings with only 33 walks for the Oklahoma City Redhawks, the Astros' AAA affiliate. His ERA was 3.03 in 20 starts with a 9-5 record.

C.J. Riefenhauser (Tampa Bay Rays), Nick Ahmed (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Phil Klein (Texas Rangers) also made their MLB debuts this year.

Garzillo and Balestrieri Win Key Awards
August 13, 2014

Mike Garzillo (Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Catz) was selected as the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player, Photo Courtesy of Lehigh University AthleticsPaul Balestrieri (Cornell, Trenton Generals) wins the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher award, Photo Courtesy of Cornell University Athletics

Mike Garzillo (Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Catz) was selected as the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player after topping the ACBL with a .417 batting average and .617 slugging percentage. The junior second baseman from Lehigh tied for the home run crown with five home runs. Garzillo wins the ACBL hitting and slugging awards also.

Paul Balestrieri (Cornell, Trenton Generals) won the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher award. Balestrieri posted a 5-0 record with a league leading 0.95 ERA in 37.2 innings during the regular season. The sophomore RHP pitched Trenton to victory in the championship game when he allowed two hits and one run in 8.1 innings.

Steven Bloodworth (Wagner, North Jersey Eagles) and Kevin Boswick (Lehigh, South Jersey Giants) were named co-winners of the Relief Pitcher of the Year award after each posted eight saves during the season. Bloodworth made 16 appearances over 19.1 innings with a 0.93 ERA. Boswick posted a 3-2 record with a 1.12 ERA in 18 appearances in 24 innings.

John Giakas (FDU, Staten Island Tide) and Kyle Cullen (New Haven, North Jersey Eagles) were named co MVPs in the All-Star game and will also receive post season awards. Cullen tied Mike Garzillo for the home run title with five home runs.

Mike Garzillo photo courtesy of Lehigh University Athletics
Paul Balestrieri photo courtesy of Cornell University Athletics


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