For the first time in three years, Marcus Nidiffer played in a professional baseball game.
Hector Santiago of the Seattle Mariners was ejected, suspended for using a foreign substance, while Pittsburgh's Max Kranick pitched five perfect innings in his MLB debut.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star Senior Football Game will be held today at Fuller Field at EMats Stadium in Honaker. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m...In other local news, Science Hill graduate Will Craig has been designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates...ETSU has relieved Brad Irwin of his softball coaching duties after 11 seasons with the Buccaneers.
Hunter Stratton isn’t one to study his statistics, pour over scouting reports, crunch the numbers or agonize over analytics.
“He made a mistake and that’s it,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “You don’t option a guy [to the minor leagues] because of the fact he made a mistake. We make mistakes in all realms of life. It just happened to be something nobody’s ever seen before.”
What followed was 40 seconds of madness that will likely follow Báez and Craig no matter where their careers take them.
Like many other kids from his neck of the woods, Will Craig grew up rooting for the Atlanta Braves and his favorite player back in the day was Chipper Jones.
It marked the first time two Science Hill grads played in MLB games on the same day since May 27, 1962,
“It’s one of those things where you make contact and all the weight feels like it’s off your shoulders to get that first home run, that first hit out of the way,” said Craig, the Pirates’ first-round draft pick in 2016.
“I do think he will get a longer run here than he did last season, because they want to see what he can do,” said Jason Mackey, who covers the Pirates for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He should get a healthy dose of playing time. But the same as always, he has to give them results.”
When Altoona Curve manager Miguel Perez needs to call on the bullpen this season, his options will include two pitchers from Northeast Tennessee.
Will Craig’s stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates turned out to be short.
Will Craig is still searching for his first big-league hit, but his appearance in the daily Transactions has occurred in abundance.
The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned the ex-Science Hill High School slugger to the team’s alternate training facility in Altoona, Pennsylvania, prior to Saturday’s game with the Milwaukee Brewers.
“I felt really calm, believe it or not,” Craig said. “I felt very comfortable playing in a big-league stadium.”
A slugger from the start, Will Craig (Science Hill) is now a major leaguer
The former Science Hill High School star will make his MLB Debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, starting at first base in the opening game of a doubleheader in St. Louis.
Keller began 2020 hoping to make the opening day roster for the first time. That’s a given now with starter Chris Archer out for the shortened 60-game season and rosters expanded to 30 players for the opening weeks of a year unlike any other.
It's official: The Appalachian League season has been canceled for 2020 due to the coronavirus. It remains to be seen if it will be back at all in the future.
For the first time since 1968, the summer nights in Bristol will not include professional baseball.
Science Hill product Will Craig is hopeful of getting to make his Major League debut this season for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“With the draft being cut down it definitely changes things for a lot of guys,” Knack said. “I have gotten good feedback and feel confident about getting picked. … It’s a fun time to experience all the things leading up to it. Obviously, there are some nervous jitters about it, but I’m excited for it.”