Help Wanted (and other news)

I have toyed with the idea of turning the 49th State Hardball project into a team effort, rather than a solo project, for quite some time. As of today I have formally decided to take the plunge and recruit some talented individuals to collaborate with. If you have a love of the ABL or baseball […]

Anchorage Considers New Stadium

Could the Bucs and Glacier Pilots be getting a new stadium? If planned upgrades to the Chester Creek Sports Complex, proposed in a 2013 Design Concept, go through, a new pad for the two Anchorage teams could be on the horizon. In 2006, local engineering firm USKH issued a report with Land Design North to […]

7-26-13 Bucs at Chinooks Report

After a week of recuperating from the Scout’s Showcase, I set out to see the Anchorage Bucs take on the Chinooks in Chugiak. This one turned out to be a high-scoring affair, with a grand total of 20 hits, in which the Chinooks scored an upset victory over a formidable Bucs team. 70 degrees and […]

Gavin Glanz Scouting Video

Gavin Glanz, 2013 Mat-Su Miners right-handed pitcher out of Oral Roberts, is the subject of my first player scouting video from the 2013 guys. As you can see from the video, he’s got a fastball that bumps 90, but the movement is probably the best part.

7-19-13 Panners at Pilots game report

On Friday’s Scout Showcase day, it was the Goldpanners taking on the Glacier Pilots in the nightcap of the three-game, six-team set. By the time these two teams took the field, most of the clouds had cleared off and it warmed back up again, from about 65 at first pitch to up over 70 again […]

7-19-13 Oilers at Bucs Game Report

During Friday of this year’s Scout Showcase, the Bucs and Oilers found themselves the meat in the middle of a baseball sandwich. The second game of the three-game event, this was another seven-inning exhibition meant to put some top players in front of the scouts from the big-league teams. The Bucs ended up taking this […]

Goldpanners Sweep Pilots in Finals

A Saturday doubleheader sweep was all it took for the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks to dispatch the Anchorage Glacier Pilots and come out in the champion’s slot of the Alaska Baseball League Postseason Tournament bracket. The Goldpanners — who won the ABL regular-season title with a 22-13 record — eeked their way into the best-of-three […]

7-19-13 Chinooks at Miners Game Report

This contest in which the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks took on the “home team” Mat-Su Miners was the opening match of the Scout Showcase’s Friday event. It was one of three seven-inning exhibition contests in which the teams showed off their guys for the benefit of a grandstand full of scouts who had come up to […]

Goldpanners Clinch Season Title

The race for the Alaska Baseball League 2013 pennant came to an end on Friday, July 26, as the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks dispatched the Miners and clinched the regular-season title. The Panners entered their final series in a three-way jumble with the Mat-Su Miners and the Anchorage Bucs who had jockeyed all season for […]

2013 Playoff Bracket Set

The playoff bracket for the 2013 Alaska Baseball League Championship has been set, with dates and times announced! For the first time in as long as I’ve been watching this league, the regular season will not conclude in winner-takes-all fashion; rather, a four-team playoff among the top four teams will decide who gets ultimate bragging […]

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Mundell, Simcox, Steward lead Summer All-Americans

The Alaska Baseball League was well represented on Perfect Game’s 2013 Summer Collegiate Baseball All-Americans rankings, with Bucs pitcher Garrett Mundell joining Miners‘ offensive standouts AJ Simcox and Christin Stewart on the list for 2013. Tennessee slugger Christin Stewart led the way with first-team honors among outfielders; PG recognized him as an “offensive-oriented player” who […]

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Help Wanted (and other news)

I have toyed with the idea of turning the 49th State Hardball project into a team effort, rather than a solo project, for quite some time. As of today I have formally decided to take the plunge and recruit some talented individuals to collaborate with. If you have a love of the ABL or baseball […]

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Miner McCann Moving up Quickly

James McCann of the 2009 Alaska Baseball League champion Mat-Su Miners, ranked the #12 prospect in the Detroit Tigers organization by MLB.com this year, has become an established member of the Double-A Erie starting lineup at catcher in just his third professional season. The Arkansas product was drafted in the second round in 2011 and […]

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Anchorage Considers New Stadium

Could the Bucs and Glacier Pilots be getting a new stadium? If planned upgrades to the Chester Creek Sports Complex, proposed in a 2013 Design Concept, go through, a new pad for the two Anchorage teams could be on the horizon. In 2006, local engineering firm USKH issued a report with Land Design North to […]

Full Story »

7-26-13 Bucs at Chinooks Report

After a week of recuperating from the Scout’s Showcase, I set out to see the Anchorage Bucs take on the Chinooks in Chugiak. This one turned out to be a high-scoring affair, with a grand total of 20 hits, in which the Chinooks scored an upset victory over a formidable Bucs team. 70 degrees and […]

Full Story »

Gavin Glanz Scouting Video

Gavin Glanz, 2013 Mat-Su Miners right-handed pitcher out of Oral Roberts, is the subject of my first player scouting video from the 2013 guys. As you can see from the video, he’s got a fastball that bumps 90, but the movement is probably the best part.

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Collins Booming in GCL

Former Anchorage Bucs outfielder Boomer Collins, who signed a free-agent minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays this spring, has proven himself a capable offensive force at the team’s Dunedin, Florida rookie-ball club. The Dallas Baptist University player came up to Alaska for the Bucs during the 2011 regular season, and then signed on […]

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Undrafted Pitcher Unfazed in Arizona

Travis Pitcher of the 2012 Anchorage Glacier Pilots signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Oakland Athletics last month and, so far, has been underwhelmed by the bats in the rookie-level Arizona League. With the A’s affiliate in AZ, the 6’4″ 200-lb right-hander has thrown 12.2 innings of work in his first professional season. […]

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7-19-13 Panners at Pilots game report

On Friday’s Scout Showcase day, it was the Goldpanners taking on the Glacier Pilots in the nightcap of the three-game, six-team set. By the time these two teams took the field, most of the clouds had cleared off and it warmed back up again, from about 65 at first pitch to up over 70 again […]

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Brody Greer picked up by D-Backs

The Arizona Diamondbacks have come to terms on a pro contract with undrafted free agent Brody Greer, who spent the summer of 2013 with the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League. Greer, who completed his junior season at South Carolina Upstate, went unselected in the 2013 MLB Draft. He was primarily used as an […]

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7-19-13 Oilers at Bucs Game Report

During Friday of this year’s Scout Showcase, the Bucs and Oilers found themselves the meat in the middle of a baseball sandwich. The second game of the three-game event, this was another seven-inning exhibition meant to put some top players in front of the scouts from the big-league teams. The Bucs ended up taking this […]

Full Story »

Goldpanners Sweep Pilots in Finals

A Saturday doubleheader sweep was all it took for the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks to dispatch the Anchorage Glacier Pilots and come out in the champion’s slot of the Alaska Baseball League Postseason Tournament bracket. The Goldpanners — who won the ABL regular-season title with a 22-13 record — eeked their way into the best-of-three […]

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Staring the offseason in the face

The 2013 ABL regular season is over. There is still a champion of the Postseason Tournament to be crowned, and a couple more days of playoff action required to do so. But, barring any unforeseen events, I exited the gates of the ballpark for the final time of the season in 2013. I’m planning to […]

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Royals nab Coates, Jeffreys

The Kansas City Royals didn’t leave empty-handed after the ABL’s Scout Showcase & All-Star weekend. They left Alaska with a pair of talented young pitchers — the Oilers’ Michael Coates and the Chinooks’ Mike Jeffreys. UPDATE: Due to unforseen circumstances, Coates and the Royals did not sign the free-agent contract as expected. I have it […]

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One for the boys

Today is the last day of the regular ABL season and I just wanted to take a time out to say thanks to all the guys who’ve come up for the summer and make this year possible. Once or twice a year I go on these platitutde-filled rants and I”m sure no one really likes […]

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