I've just picked up a new gig with Examiner.com, the citizen news portal and content aggregator. As the Salt Lake Baseball Examiner, I'll be writing about baseball and softball from all along the Wasatch Front, covering professional, college and JUCO programs, with an occasional high school prep story as it catches my eye. Most of my posts will show up at Examiner.com, with The Sporkball Journals being reserved for longer articles or creative pieces. You also can follow my baseball tweets on Twitter: BeesGal_SLC. Thanks and I'll see you at the ballpark. As always, …your friend in baseball.
July 3rd, 2012
June 12, 2009 — In case you hadn’t noticed, Opening Day for the Orem Owlz is fast approaching, June 23. Last year’s batting coach, Brenton Del Chiaro, has moved up the ladder to the Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels. I’m thrilled to note former Salt Lake first baseman Mike Eylward will be this season’s hitting coach for the Rookie-A team. For a nice memory of Mike’s hitting prowess, visit the 6-4-2 blog and scroll down to 2007-07-18: Tacoma 9, Salt Lake 10 (12 innings).
Last and certainly not least. . .I have described the valuable service provided by host families. This season Benjamin Hill has written a lovely reminder, “Host Families Make Players Feel at Home.” If you’re a baseball fan (or someone who likes having kids around) living in the Orem area, consider reaching out and offering a helping hand to these youngsters. For more information, contact the Knight Owlz Booster Club via the Owlz front office, 801.377.BALL (2255) . . .Your friend in baseball.
June 12th, 2009
June 10, 2009 — Once your fave ballplayer makes it to The Show, it’s pretty easy to keep tabs on how he’s doing. As friends and family will tell you, though, trying to follow someone’s progress as he works his way through the minor league system can be a challenge. Benjamin Hill notes the community of minor league baseball followers often can provide tidbits of info determined to be not-revenue-worthy by the mainstream media outlets. Between the two sources, you can get some pretty decent coverage.
The tricky part is gleaning out the category of information you want. For example, some websites focus on trades and/or fantasy; others offer stats, trends and forecasts; still others provide debate and discussion. So, in an effort to guide you through the maze, or perhaps just to sort them out for myself, I offer this short list, with a word of warning. Per usual, my choices might be on the eccentric side. Of course, you knew this already, yes?. . .Your friend in baseball.
A random assortment of stuff
A handful of blogs by players and their better halves
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
June 10th, 2009