Unexpected starts, All-Stars and a saves record: Ten things to know this week in the American Association

Unexpected starts, All-Stars and a saves record: Ten things to know this week in the American Association

American Association

July 11, 2024 – Press Release from the American Association (AA)

The American Association of Professional Baseball season continues this weekend with a full schedule of series, all of which you can watch live for free at

Here are 10 more (or so) things you need to know about the AAPB this week:

When Iowa State Representative J.D. Scholten (House District 1) made a spot start for the Sioux City Explorers on Saturday, his first trip to MercyOne Field on Lewis & Clark Park mound in 17 years, expectations were tempered. But those 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball earned the 44-year-old righty a win, local and national media attention, and a new start today at Fargo-Moorhead (12:30 p.m. CT,

Cleburne Railroaders forward Carter Aldrete (nephew of 10-year Major Leaguer Mike Aldrete and son of nine-year pro Rich) is coming off a stellar first season in light blue and is the cover man for the June/July issue of Johnson County Community Life, which also featured a season preview and a feature on Railroaders superfan Garey Wiley, who has attended all but two of the team’s home games since 2017.

Sean Aaronson, former AAPB Broadcaster and St. Paul Saints reporter since 2007 (AAPB 2007-2020), was called up to broadcast six Minnesota Twins games. He replaced Kris Atteberry, who covered St. Paul (2002-2006, including ’06 with the AAPB) and Sioux Falls (1999-2001).

Gabriel Cancel (Milwaukee ’23) is a former player and was recently signed by the Blue Jays organization. He has hit six home runs in his first ten games for Triple-A Buffalo. Payton Eeles (Chicago ’23), an infielder for the Twins organization, started the season in Low A and was promoted to Triple-A St. Paul, where he has a batting average of .333/.600/.667 in his first six games.

The Olympics will get most of the international attention this summer, but there’s more to global baseball. Fargo-Moorhead RHP Orlando Rodriguez will represent Spain at the upcoming European baseball tournament in the Netherlands.

Call it vacaciones, a siesta or a quick trip south of the border, but AAPB All-Star Izzy Alcantara found Fargo-Moorhead more to his liking, returning to the RedHawks after a four-game stint with Aguascalientes in the Mexican League. The speedster (38 stolen bases through Wednesday) is second in the league in batting at .355 and has gone 10 for 26 in six games since visiting the historic central Mexican city.

The Winnipeg Goldeyes are participating in a scholarship program with Baseball Manitoba, offering players, coaches and umpires. Applications are due Monday, available at this link.

Members of the Kane County Cougars were on hand to help clients at the Marklund Hyde Center in Geneva, Ill., on Tuesday for a softball game. The center provides 24-hour residential care for infants, children and adults with severe and profound developmental disabilities. Check out a gallery of photos from the fantastic day here , and congratulations to the entire Cougars organization for a wonderful, fulfilling event.

On-field congratulations are in order for Alex DuBord of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, who recorded his franchise-record 48th save in an FM uniform last night in a win over the West-leading Sioux Falls Canaries. The Fargo native, a former 10th-round pick of the San Francisco Giants out of Faulkner (Ala.) University, is in his fourth year with the RedHawks and has posted 12 saves so far in 2024.

Earlier this year, former Gary SouthShore RailCats PA Announcer Tommy Williams passed away at the age of 66. Williams was the RailCats PA Announcer for 18 years and his signature “People, People, People” opened every RailCats home game, a voice and signature statement that every fan who attended a game knew as the sign of summer in Northwest Indiana. To honor his contributions not only to the RailCats, but also his love of sports in the region, the press box that Williams called home was renamed the “Tommy Williams Pressbox” on his birthday, July 4th.

There are a number of fun theme nights coming up:

Thursday, “Shirt off our Backs” night, Winnipeg Goldeyes

Friday, “I’m Ron Burgundy?” Night, Sioux Falls Canaries

Friday, Video Game Night, Kane County Cougars

Sunday, Sensory Play, Gary SouthShore RailCats

Tuesday, Celebrate Reading Night, Sioux City Explorers

Wednesday, Tyler’s Amazing Balancing Act, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks

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