June 20 thru 23
- Lugnuts 3 games, Rattlers 1 game
- Lugnuts are 3-1 (.750)
- First place, one game ahead of the Whitecaps, the Silver Hawks, and the Battle Cats
- Tim Grieve and Jose Amado have been assigned to the Lugnuts
- Modesto Villarreal, Juan Robles and Carlos Beltran have been reassigned to Spokane; among others, they join former Lugnuts Rick Pitts and Craig Sanders
New (half-)season; new attitude. Let’s hope this lasts.
Amado was traded to the Kansas City organization by the Mariners during the course of Friday’s game; the Rattlers benched him at that point and the next day he switched sides of the field. He’s a Midwest League All-Star, a third baseman with power. The intention seems to be to use him at DH and let Cepeda continue to practice those long throws to first.
Grieve pitched at Eugene, then a Kansas City farm in the Short-Season A Northwest League, during the 1994 season. He was probably the best pitcher in the league; 7-1, 1.55 in 58 innings. I presume he was hurt last season, because I can’t find any evidence that he played professional baseball.
While I was gone, BWL put up their Lugnut smokestack decoration across from the ballpark.
Olds Park will host next season’s Midwest League All-Star game. Can’t say I’m surprised; the last few have been played in new ballparks during the stadium’s second season. Obviously this is policy.