Minor League Baseball
It’ll forever be known as the home of the Saint Paul Saints. Saturday, though, the secondary tenant steals the thunder. CHS Field, the sparkling new ballpark in Saint Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood, echoes with balls hitting bats and slapping into leather mitts.
A minor league player in the Minnesota Twins’ organization has been suspended for 50 games without pay after a positive test for a banned stimulant. Catcher Alex Real was suspended Tuesday by the commissioner’s office. The 21-year-old Real was drafted by the Twins in June.
Fans in Iowa got a chance Wednesday to see two major leaguers in the minors. Joe Mauer and Ricky Nolasco both played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Twins’ farm team.
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Minnesota Twins second baseman Eddie Rosario has been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of baseball’s minor league drug program. Rosario is on the roster of Double-A New Britain and his suspension, announced Saturday, will begin at the start of the Rock Cats’ season. The 21-year-old Rosario was a fourth-round pick in 2010. He batted .302 with 10 homers and 73 RBIs in 122 games split between Class-A and Double-A last year.
A video of what appeared to be the negative response of a woman to on-field proposal by a fan last Friday has been viewed more than 600,000 times on YouTube and was the subject of several news stories.
Dan Kaczrowski’s a realist, who has the work ethic of an optimist. The St. Anthony High graduate earned All-American honors at Hamline, but knew that being drafted in the 26th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2009 draft meant he wasn’t quite on the club’s We’ll-Be-Seeing-You-In-Phoenix-Soon list.
It is a river city and that means it’s been around for a while. It also means it’s probably seen its share of baseball in some form. Cedar Rapids’ latest chapter involves the Twins. The Kernels moved to Iowa from Beloit, Wis. – taking the place of an Angels’ affiliate. Kernels fan David Nelson says its minor league baseball, complete with the minor league feel.
St. Paul Saints pitcher Mark Hamburger has, perhaps, the best name in baseball. In fact, he was in a YouTube video contest for it. “I lost to Rowdy Hardy, which I don’t really like because Rowdy’s his nickname” Hamburger said. “If I was using nicknames, my nickname is “Cheese.” So if I was “Cheese Hamburger” you know I would’ve won.”