While Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, there was no holiday off day in Canada. So, it seemed a perfect time for the Can-Am League to announce that it had joined its forces with the American Association for a super independ…
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton swung a bat made in Valparaiso when he belted a walk-off homer out of Tropicana Field in the bottom of the ninth Monday.
The RailCats are searching for a new general manager after Highland native Kevin Spudic announced his resignation from the team Monday.
The RailCats celebrated their American Association Championship for six days before the 2014 season began.
WICHITA, Kan. | Call him Ishmael.
WICHITA, Kan. | The 2013 RailCats American Association championship team was 14 months in the making and six years in discovery.
WICHITA, Kan. | Mike Massaro didn't want to picture himself in the same spot as last year's retiring players, spending their last days in front of their lockers.
WICHITA, Kan. | When Marco Gonzalez got the call from the pen to close Friday's Game 3 against Wichita, it was his first full inning since Aug. 4 against St. Paul.
WICHITA, Kan. | Adam Klein didn't even see the stop sign at third base until he was already three steps beyond it.
WICHITA, Kan. | Garry Sknerski made a flight plan out of Wichita for today.
GARY | Adam Klein was 18 years old when L.A. Dodgers outfielder Shawn Green opted not to play on Sept. 26, 2001.
GARY | It took extra innings before the American Association Championship Series Game 2 was decided, and with a 1-1 series tie, the title will come down to a best-of-three in Wichita.
GARY | After his championship seasons and at many points during his 17 seasons of success in independent baseball, RailCats manager Greg Tagert has been asked to join one affiliated team or another.
GARY | Wichita has a lineup most teams envy. The RailCats do not.
GARY | The RailCats and Wichita Wingnuts met in the second series of the season and at that point, the Gary players knew Wichita's toughness.
In years past, the RailCats have celebrated postseason milestones with the ferocity of a championship.
GARY | Morgan Coombs’ statement on the baseball field was the rookies can help win championships, too.
GARY | Billy Spottiswood threw nine complete innings of baseball that put the RailCats within a win of the American Association championship series.
Reid Fronk single-handedly put the RailCats into a 1-1 tie in the American Association semifinal playoffs as he drove in five runs in his team's 11-2 win over Fargo-Moorhead on Thursday night.
With two of the best pitchers in the league facing each other, the RailCats had to hope Fargo-Moorhead would flinch first.
GARY | Of the three other teams remaining in the American Association postseason, one is almost a mystery to the RailCats.
GARY | The RailCats weren't looking at Monday's regular-season finale against El Paso with as much meaning as the team across the field.
GARY | The RailCats added Tim Verthein on the last morning they could add a player to their American Association roster.
GARY | Releasing Will Krout on July 21 was one of the hardest decisions RailCats manager Greg Tagert made this season.
GARY | The RailCats' celebration on the field was subdued, and there's a reason for that.
INDIANAPOLIS | A recent decision by the Idaho Supreme Court could help a region woman partially blinded after being struck by a foul ball at a 2009 RailCats game convince the Indiana Supreme Court to allow her to sue the baseball team.
After two years sitting on the bench for the playoffs, the RailCats goal from Day One of the season has been singular: reach the postseason.
GARY | The RailCats' loss to Wichita Thursday was hard enough to take.
GARY | It's not with every trade that RailCats manager Greg Tagert consults his catchers before making a pickup.
GARY | The RailCats clubhouse after winning game one of Tuesday's double header against Wichita in seven innings was as lively as it is after any single-game victory.
INDIANAPOLIS | It's not uncommon for judges to liken themselves to baseball umpires, though rarely do they actually rule in cases involving the national pastime.
GARY | As the RailCats' push for the postseason hits overdrive, their bats are sitting idle.
GARY | When Greg Tagert decided that it was time to take Morgan Coombs out of Sunday afternoon's game while the RailCats had the lead, the answer from the starting pitcher was resounding.
GARY | RailCats manager Greg Tagert spent most of late Friday night and Saturday on the phone.
GARY | This season's well-timed evening rains have thrown off the timing of the RailCats pitching staff.
GARY | The Dayton Single-A baseball team in Ohio has set national attendance records despite having never won a Midwest League title.
GARY | The city of Gary's contract with the RailCats franchise is unlike one found in most cities with minor league teams, said Bo Kemp, a senior adviser to Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.
Business owners on Fifth Avenue east and west of the U.S. Steel Yard stadium all sing the same tune when it comes to what's needed to spur business success there.
Daniel Baker is a RailCats fan tried-and-true and proud to say "Gary born and raised."
GARY | It's not the Magnificient Mile.
GARY | The RailCats made their second move in a week, and it happened to correspond with their second move in the last two days.
GARY | Reid Fronk last played baseball in spring training with the Mexican League.
CHICAGO | Matt Kuna’s five-inning winning stint Monday for the Schaumburg Boomers in the independent Frontier League probably pulled even further apart the forces that govern his baseball career.
GARY | It’s a simple lesson, really.
HOMEWOOD | Needing a win to force a third and deciding game for the Midwest Collegiate League title, the Northwest Indiana Oilmen needed a dominant pitching performance on Sunday night.
GARY | When it comes to playing St. Paul at U.S. Steel Yard this season, the RailCats have the Saints' number.
GARY | RailCats manager Greg Tagert said there are doldrums of August in the eyes of Major League Baseball players.
WHITING | Familiarity breeds contempt, and in baseball a lack of familiarity with pitchers often breeds groundouts and strikeouts.
GARY | When June ended, the RailCats won 10 of their final 11 games in the month and found nearly every piece of their team clicking.
It’s not as simple as an on/off switch and not as animalistic as a natural fight-or-flight instinct.
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