2014 Glacier Pilots Roster Preview

Well, it’s been a long time coming. Is it too late to call this a preview? Whatever, the case, here’s a look at the players who are making up the 2014 Anchorage Glacier Pilots. I’ve done some research on all these guys and I’m relaying now what I’ve managed to dig up on ‘em. This […]

6-8-14 Miners at Chinooks Game Report

Well I know it’s been about a week, but I’m excited to submit my first game report of 2014. I took in an exciting nine-inning affair in which the Chugiak Eagle-River Chinooks hosted, for their opening day match-up, the Mat-Su Miners. This was an exciting game from start to finish. The Chinooks tested the Miners […]

2014 Miners Roster Preview

My first game of 2014 being a Miners at Chinooks affair, I thought it appropriate to prepare in advance by whipping up a preview of the 2014 Mat-Su Miners to follow my similar Chinooks preview. Last year the Miners finished with a winning record and tied for second place at the end of the regular […]

2014 Chinooks Roster Preview

The season is practically here, baseball is in the air, and for our first season preview of 2014 I’d like to have a look at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks. Why the Chinooks? Because I’m planning to check out their home game on opening day against the Miners and I want to know who the heck […]

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 […]

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Crowley Swinging Hot Bat

Andy Crowley (Cal Baptist)¬†of the Anchorage Bucs, a stocky 5’8″ and 170 lb outfielder, doesn’t fit the physical mold in a league full of lanky “projectable” kids. Between that and his typically-wooly jaw, he was easy to spot on the field with the Bucs in 2013. But this year, he’s standing out for a different […]

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2014 Glacier Pilots Roster Preview

Well, it’s been a long time coming. Is it too late to call this a preview? Whatever, the case, here’s a look at the players who are making up the 2014 Anchorage Glacier Pilots. I’ve done some research on all these guys and I’m relaying now what I’ve managed to dig up on ‘em. This […]

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Freeland signs for $2.3 million

Kyle Freeland, 2012 Anchorage Glacier Pilots left-handed pitcher, has signed a professional contract with the Colorado Rockies for a reported 2.3 million dollars. Freeland was drafted in the first round, number 8 overall, by the Rockies in this year’s MLB draft. Freeland was the ace of the Pilots rotation in 2012 and dominated the league. […]

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6-8-14 Miners at Chinooks Game Report

Well I know it’s been about a week, but I’m excited to submit my first game report of 2014. I took in an exciting nine-inning affair in which the Chugiak Eagle-River Chinooks hosted, for their opening day match-up, the Mat-Su Miners. This was an exciting game from start to finish. The Chinooks tested the Miners […]

Full Story »

2014 Miners Roster Preview

My first game of 2014 being a Miners at Chinooks affair, I thought it appropriate to prepare in advance by whipping up a preview of the 2014 Mat-Su Miners to follow my similar Chinooks preview. Last year the Miners finished with a winning record and tied for second place at the end of the regular […]

Full Story »

2014 Chinooks Roster Preview

The season is practically here, baseball is in the air, and for our first season preview of 2014 I’d like to have a look at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks. Why the Chinooks? Because I’m planning to check out their home game on opening day against the Miners and I want to know who the heck […]

Full Story »

Well hello there, 2014

I’m going to make this short and sweet because I’m sure no one wants to hear my emo ramblings. BUT, I’ve had some people express interest in what I was doing and where I’ve been and, most importantly, if I intend to blog the 2014 ABL season. I took a long leave of absence from […]

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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 […]

Full Story »

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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