Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline (July 31) is fast approaching. As opposed to the past four years, there is plenty talk of whether the Detroit Tigers should be sellers instead of the usual buyers, especially since the injury to Miguel Cabrera. Detroit has won the past four American League Central Division championships — with no World Series titles during that time — and each year they have made trades to help bolster its roster.
To a minor league baseball player, the discussion of new placement for its players is as common as getting out of bed in the morning, so when Jeff Ferrell heard chatter of a possible relocation, he took it in stride. Less than a week prior to joining the Toledo Mud Hens, the converted closing pitcher was in an Erie Seawolves uniform, posting numbers that became impossible to ignore. Little did he know, a void in the continued struggles of a Detroit bullpen would provide yet another unexpected jolt that Ferrell would never forget.
Steve Petsuch’s pitching is usually spot-on. He has decent running speed and is an effective hitter in the softball leagues he plays in. But that’s not what separates this Greenville resident from the other players. When Petsuch was born, the world was coming out of its second world war, an event most of his fellow softball players in the Greenville recreation softball leagues have only read about in textbooks or seen on television. Petsuch’s display of exuberance and energy on the softball diamond, however, doesn’t reflect his age.
The Tri County Vikings softball program is moving in the right direction. The 16-22 record overall and the 5-7 record in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division may not show it, but coach Ryan Ganzevoort thinks so.
Kathleen Courtright of Howard City had never entered a demolition derby in her life. Courtright decided to enter the one at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Saturday night. She won it.
You don’t have to look far within the Detroit Tigers to see that family runs deep within the organization. Prior to the Major League Baseball amateur draft, a mention of the name “Castellanos” instantly drew attention to third baseman Nick Castellanos, but as the cards laid themselves on the table, Nick will no longer be the only member of the family within the confines of the franchise.
The Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association released its All-State honorees on Wednesday. In all, four area players earned All-State honors this season. For the second straight season, Belding’s Greta Wilker was named to the Division 2 first team. This year as a utility fielder (third base in 2014).
The Central Montcalm Hornets won the CSAA Gold softball championship this season, its first conference title since 1987. The Hornets went 12-0 in league play (29-8 overall) and had seven players earn conference honors. Tri County finished the season 16-22 overall and fifth in the CSAA Gold. Four Vikings earned conference honors this season.
Had it not been for one Central State Activities Association jamboree, Tri County’s golf team could have been in the conversation for top three in the conference. Instead, the Viking golfers finished last, and that jamboree was the reason, said coach Corey Renner.
Major League Baseball All-Star game starting position players have been selected by fans continually since 1970. Prior to 1970, the voting process changed many times between fans, players and managers for both starting and reserve positions.