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Work will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.Calfee Park Baseball will unveil the name of its new Appalachian League team today. As we’ve reported, the league is transforming into an independent college wooden bat league. That means the Pulaski Yankees and Danville Braves will break away from their major league teams and start fresh. The General Manager of the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount is retiring, effective today. Time For Homes will talk, today, about how it’s working to end involuntary homelessness and housing insecurity in Virginia.
Teams to rebrand as Appalachian League transforms into a collegiate wood-bat league
ROANOKE, Va. – Say goodbye to the Pulaski Yankees, Danville Braves and the other familiar monikers of the Appalachian League. Major League Baseball and USA Baseball jointly announced a new format for the league, on Tuesday, which will feature the nation’s top rising college freshmen and sophomores in wood-bat play each summer. “The communities of the Appalachian League have supported baseball since our founding in 1911. This new Appalachian League format will continue that tradition, ensuring that high-level baseball will continue being played in our state for the long-term. We look forward to a new team as part of the community.” Danville Parks and Rec director Bill Sgrinia
Appalachian League to become a college baseball developmental league
ROANOKE, Va. – The Appalachian League will look different when it returns. On Friday, Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced a plan to transform the Appalacian League into a college summer league. Rather than being professional players at the rookie-level, the league would be comprised of the nation’s top rising college freshman and sophomores. The plan is to “retain high-caliber baseball in the communities where it is currently being played under the Appalachian League brand while bringing new, modern approaches to player development and exciting partnerships and opportunities for teams, fans and communities,” according to Major League BaseballMore details will be released during a Zoom meeting on Tuesday at noon.
The Pulaski Yankees’ beloved raccoon is missing
PULASKI, Va. – Someone has taken this raccoon that’s usually perched upon the right-field wall of Calfee Park in Pulaski. The Pulaski Yankees posted Monday that the little guy had been stolen and now, the team is looking for help from the community to bring him home. As if 2020 couldn’t get any worse, our beloved raccoon who hangs out on the wall in right field has been stolen from... Posted by Pulaski Yankees on Monday, August 17, 2020The Pulaski Yankee’s took to Twitter to bring comedic relief to the situation with a Wolverine meme. If anyone has any information about where this raccoon is, you’re asked to call 540-980-1070.
Curve ball: How the Pulaski Yankees and Danville Braves aim to entertain with no baseball in 2020
The Pulaski Yankees, who was recognized as having best ballpark at the rookie level last summer, are putting the historic Calfee Park to use by engaging with fans. Minor league baseball and Calfee Park has been a part of Pulaski since 1935. Were not going to let Calfee Park stop being an entertainment venue this summer. Stadiums are being turned into Airbnbs, golf courses, disc golf and now thats going to trickle down to us now that we have the official notice that we dont have Braves games, Bennett said. So, what were going to be doing is looking for other things here at the park and stadium within the states guidelines.
Pulaski Yankees, entire Appalachian League season delayed indefinitely
The 2020 Appalachian League season is delayed indefinitely, the league announced on Friday. The Pulaski Yankees are among the league’s teams that will be affected and General Manager Betsy Haugh said it’s likely the team won’t play at all this summer. “The honest truth is there’s not a very good likelihood at all that we will have a minor league season this year," Haugh said. “The loss of the season for the Yankees, it’s tragic for the community, mainly because we love the Yankees," Sweet said. READ THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the start of the 2020 Appalachian League season is being delayed indefinitely.
Pulaski Yankees win Minor League Baseball's top honor
PULASKI, Va. - A local team has won Minor League Baseball's top honor. The Pulaski Yankees are the recipients of the 46th annual John H. Johnson President's Award, league officials announced Wednesday. The past two seasons' attendance was recording-breaking for the Appalachian League, according to league officials. READ THE FULL RELEASE:ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball (MiLB) announced today that the Pulaski Yankees are the recipients of the 46th annual John H. Johnson President's Award. This award is the first President's Award for the Pulaski Yankees, the first for an Appalachian League team and sixth for a Short Season team.
Luis Dorante named 2019 Appalachian League Manager of the Year
PULASKI, Va. - The Appalachian League today announced Pulaski Yankees skipper Luis Dorante as the league's 2019 Manager of the Year. It is the second such recognition for Dorante, who won the award in 2017 during his last stint at the helm of the rookie-level Yankees. Dorante has guided the Yankees to a 40-22 record with a four-game lead in the Appalchian League East. Dorante is in his eighth season in the Yankees organization and second at the helm of the Pulaski Yankees. They return to Calfee Park for the final two regular-season home games of the 2019 season Monday and Tuesday.
23 kids hospitalized after experiencing heat-related fatigue at Calfee Park
PULASKI, Va. - The Pulaski Yankees hosted 1,800 sixth and seventh-grade students for Tuesday afternoon's game, but 23 were taken to LewisGale Hospital in Pulaski after experiencing heat-related fatigue. Pulaski County School Superintendent Dr. Kevin Siers said that 16 of his students ended up being taken to LewisGale Hospital in Pulaski. Sweet said all first responders were extremely professional and took good care of everyone. Sweet, who was at the game himself, said that the heat caught up with some of the kids quickly. While there was free water offered at the game, Sweet said not everyone took advantage of that.
Pulaski Yankees ballpark wins best rookie-level ballpark in America
PULASKI, Va. - The Pulaski Yankees ballpark, Motor Mile Field, has won the title of the best rookie-level ballpark in America in Ballpark Digest's annual Best of the Ballparks competition. The ballpark won four rounds of head-to-head competition with other ballparks in Minor League Baseball. It beat Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark in Tennessee in the final round. Were very proud of our ballpark and are thrilled to be voted as the best rookie-level ballpark in America, said Pulaski Yankees General Manager Betsy Haugh. Calfee Park is a special place, showcasing a perfect blend of historical features and modern amenities.
Pulaski Yankees earn first sweep of season over Elizabethton Twins
The Pulaski Yankees swept their series with the Elizabethton Twins with their 4-1 win Wednesday night. The Yankees move one and a half games ahead of rival Danville and Bluefield with the victory. No less than nine of the Yankees 2019 draft picks have been assigned to Pulaski, including their first round pick, Anthony Volpe, a star infielder out of high school in New Jersey. "It's been an awesome experience, the chemistry is awesome, the guys on the team are really talented, really good. "I was crying, mom was crying, dad was crying.
Pulaski Yankees drop series opener with Johnson City
PULASKI, Va. – Reigning Appalachian League Player of the Week Alexander Vizcaino took the mound for the Pulaski Yankees, but a four-run third inning led the Johnson City Cardinals to a 9-3 win on Tuesday night. Brandon Riley doubled off the wall in right field followed by a RBI single by Donivan Williams to make it 1-0. In the ninth, Michael Perri doubled home two runs followed by a Moises Castillo RBI single to round out the scoring. The Pulaski Yankees return to Motor Mile Field at Calfee Park tomorrow, July 25 for the second of three against the Johnson City Cardinals. The first 100 fans who bring a toy donation will receive a GA ticket good for any remaining 2018 Pulaski Yankees home game.
Pulaski outslugs Danville for 6-4 win
PULASKI, Va. – The Pulaski Yankees handled rival Danville 6-4 on Thusday night in Pulaski. The Yankees hit three home runs in the game, including a pair by Saul Torres, and one by Danienger Perez for the win. The Yankees broke open a 4-4 tie with single runs in the 6th and 7th innings for the deciding margin. Pulaski hosts Bristol and Danville is at Burlington on Friday night.