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Umpire ‘with a personality’ gets call to the bigs

Tom Woodring has experience in several leagues, including the Pacific Coast, Gulf Coast, California, Eastern and Arizona Fall League.

Umpire ‘with a personality’ gets call to the bigs

Tom Woodring has experience in several leagues, including the Pacific Coast, Gulf Coast, California, Eastern and Arizona Fall League.

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Opening the PCL record book

The Omaha Storm Chasers scored 20 runs on 29 hits on April 9 against the Memphis Redbirds, prompting a check of the PCL record book for other offensive explosions.

Opening the PCL record book

The Omaha Storm Chasers scored 20 runs on 29 hits on April 9 against the Memphis Redbirds, prompting a check of the PCL record book for other offensive explosions.

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Storm Warning: Notes from the Omaha Stormchasers

Fluorescent blue shoes, a swaying foul pole and Brett Tomko’s birthday celebration

Storm Warning: Notes from the Omaha Stormchasers

Fluorescent blue shoes, a swaying foul pole and Brett Tomko’s birthday celebration

Around the PCL: Spring Training Edition

Darth Vader likes minor league baseball

1953 Pacific Coast League MVP: Dale Long

Long is most known for homering in eight consecutive games for the Pirates in 1956.

Joe Sprinz’s tries to catch a baseball from blimp

The story about Sprinz's 1939 attempt led to a connection with a PCL fan who clipped the story out of the newspaper and has held onto it for 75 years.

Remembering "Angel Annie" of the PCL

Angel Annie, whose real name was Roberta King, was said to cheer for her beloved Angels in Los Angeles' Wrigley Field with a voice that someone once described as being "somewhere between a police siren and a dynamite explosion."

Reminiscing with Omaha Manager Brian Poldberg

Poldberg spoke about his playing days (he was in the Yankees and Royals minor league systems from 1980-'87) and provides updates about a few of the players who will probably see action for him this season.

Pacific Coast League Roundup

A roundup of stories that take a brief historical look at the Los Angeles Angels, the business of MiLB through the eyes of the Las Vegas 51s media relations director and news about three former MiLBers who filed suit against MLB for low salaries.

Shagging fly balls with Rusty Meacham

Baseball is capable of heartbreak, like when our favorite team leaves town. But it is also capable of courting us anew, like the day Rusty Meacham invited a fan to shag fly balls with him.

Archeological firm hired for new Nashville stadium

Crews could find artifacts from the Civil War, Native Americans or even Mastodons on the historic site.

1952 Pacific Coast League MVP: Johnny Lindell

Lindell was a pitcher turned outfielder turned knuckleballer who continually reinvented himself. His 1952 season with the Hollywood Stars is the perfect example.

College player finds memorabilia gem from 1960

Jack Coppinger, a relief pitcher at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, recently found a pamphlet for the 1960 Tacoma Giants in the college archives. For a San Francisco fan, it doesn't get much better than that.

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The countdown to opening day has begun

Every year about this time, the Omaha Storm Chasers purchase space on a billboard along I-80 westbound that includes a digital countdown to opening day.

Jeff Suppan left his mark in Omaha, literally

Suppan studied minor league video so often while playing for Omaha in 2011 that he had a label put on the storage room/video room declaring it his room.

1951 Pacific Coast League MVP: Jim Rivera

A brief look at Rivera's eccentric style of play, his baseball philosophy and his encounter with JFK.

1950 Pacific Coast League MVP: Catfish Metkovich

The 1950 MVP lived an interesting life. Metkovich was a fisherman, actor, airplane inspector, one of Casey Stengel's "Nine Old Men," and he went on to become a manager and a scout.

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