Tuesday, September 23, 2014

 Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez, rounding the bases after a home run in Pittsburgh, is one of the team's hot prospects. Fans could see other Cubs of the future play at Four Winds Field as members of the South Bend team.   rounds third after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Kane County’s loss becomes South Bend’s gain. Upgrade in facilities at Four Winds Field are likely the biggest factor for the switch.

Posted on Sept. 22, 2014 at 5:25 p.m.
 San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Stults throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Phoenix.

Eric Stults has a 7-16 with a 4.49 earned-run average, but his manager on the San Diego Padres acknowledged that run support has been a problem.

Posted on Sept. 15, 2014 at 5:16 p.m.
 Two local players who played a combined 113 games in the Major League.

Tom Carroll was a “bonus baby” infielder with the New York Yankees and also played for the Kansas City Athletics. Frank Carpin was a left-handed pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros.

Posted on Sept. 10, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.
 George Cuppy was known for his very deliberate ways as a major league pitcher. He moved to Elkhart at the end of his big league career and went into business with major league catcher Lou Cirger.
Posted on Aug. 15, 2014 at 6:50 a.m.

George Cuppy, who retired to Elkhart at the end of his major league career and went into business with big league catcher Lou Criger, was known for his oh-so-slow ambling as a 19th century pitcher.

 The 1888 Indianapolis Hoosiers.
Posted on Aug. 14, 2014 at 9:29 a.m.

The exhibition will be on display Sept. 9 through Nov. 15 in the Rose McKee Lanham Gallery at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. 

 What if you followed Bud Selig as commissioner of Major League Baseball? What would you do?
Posted on Aug. 13, 2014 at 3:18 p.m.

For starters, we’d cut All-Star Game ties to World Series home-field advantage, speed up pace of play, start postseason games earlier and get a handle of the designated hitter rule.

 Larry Dierker began his Major League Baseball career in Houston in 1964 and is now a special assistant to the Astros. He has his ideas about how the game should be played.
Posted on Aug. 6, 2014 at 8:33 a.m.

The pitcher spent 14 seasons in the big leagues and struck out Willie Mays in his first inning. Now the old school lifer has some new ideas for baseball.

 Dan Vaughan Jr. broadcasts a 2014 baseball game for the Gary SouthShore RailCats. The Texas native also calls games for the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League.
Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:20 p.m.

Dan Vaughan Jr. is the play-by-play announcer for both the Gary SouthShore RailCats in the U.S. and the Perth Heat in Australia.

 Universal Baseball Association attendees (from left) Cappy Gagnon, Punch Shaw, Luke Saiisbury, Mary Lynch, Larry Roth, Cliff Otto and Ed Goldstein visit the home dugout during a tour of Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M.
Posted on July 24, 2014 at 6:37 a.m.

The 24th Universal Baseball Association trip lands in New Mexico.

 Martha Jo Black (left) and father Joe Black had a very close relationship.
Posted on July 10, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.

‘Joe Black: More Than a Dodger’ is due out Feb. 1, 2015.

 LaVonte Stewart, 8, enjoys the fun and festivities during a Lost Boyz Inc. and Experience Baseball Inc. outing at the July 4 Chicago White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Both LB and EB are organizations that serve urban youth.
Posted on July 8, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.

Experience Baseball has community partners in four other Major League Baseball cities — Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City and Minneapolis.

 Ryan Strausborger leads off for the Frisco RoughRiders in a 2013 game. The Elkhart Memorial High School graduate is in his fifth season of professional baseball in 2014.
Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:46 a.m.

Elkhart Memorial graduate Ryan Strausborger played 60 games at Triple-A Rock Rock before going back to the team he played for in 2012 and 2013. He was hitting .500 in his first six games with Frisco.

 Caleb Stayton (24) bats for the Lake Erie Monarchs in Alaska in 2014. Stayton is an Elkhart Christian Academy graduate and will be a Ball State University sophomore in 2014-15.
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 3:05 a.m.

Caleb played on a tour with the Lake Erie Monarchs while experiencing several off-field adventures with father Fred. 

Steve Krah
Steve Krah
Baseball has been sports reporter Steve Krah's passion since childhood. In Season Tickets, there will be plenty of stories from the diamond, but that's not all. Look for stories about athletic happenings and personalties of all kinds.

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