Obituary: Ron Johnson (1956-2021)

RIP to Ron Johnson, who had a very successful career as a minor-league manager after a brief career in the major leagues in the 1980s. He died on January 26 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tenn., at the age of 64 from complications of COVID-19. Johnson played for the Kansas City Royals (1982-83) … Continue reading Obituary: Ron Johnson (1956-2021)

Nationals prospect Fausto Segura killed in Dominican Republic

RIP to Fausto Segura, a right-handed relief pitcher who had just completed his third season in the team's minor league system. He was killed in a motorcycle accident on January 12 while in the Dominican Republic. Segura was 23 years old. https://twitter.com/Nationals/status/1216784496240054273?s=20 Sportswriter Héctor Gómez broke the news on Z Digital. According to reports, Segura … Continue reading Nationals prospect Fausto Segura killed in Dominican Republic

Twins prospect dies in New Zealand

RIP to Ryan Costello, an infielder in the Minnesota Twins organization. It was announced that Costello died in Auckland, New Zealand, overnight. The 23-year-old had arrived in the country last week in preparation to play with the Auckland Tuatara of the Australian Baseball League over the winter. Initial reports indicate that Costello died of natural … Continue reading Twins prospect dies in New Zealand

Obituary: Andy Etchebarren (1943-2019)

RIP to Andy Etchebarren, a two-time All-Star catcher and a long-time minor-league manager. He died on October 5 at the age of 76. Etchebarren played for the Baltimore Orioles (1962, 1965-1975), California Angels (1975-1977) and Milwaukee Brewers (1978). He managed in the minor leagues and in independent baseball until 2012. https://twitter.com/yorkrevolution/status/1180649588442779650?s=20 Andy Etchebarren was born … Continue reading Obituary: Andy Etchebarren (1943-2019)

Grave Story: Tom “Tink” Turner (1890-1962)

Here lies Tom “Tink” Turner, who got his one-game career in major-league baseball the old-fashioned way: he asked for it. Yes, things were a little different in baseball in the 1910s. Turner pitched in one game for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1915 and parlayed that into a long career as a scout and minor-league executive. … Continue reading Grave Story: Tom “Tink” Turner (1890-1962)