Sports Illustrated: The Alaska Baseball League – A major league pipeline

“A police officer pulled in there saying, `I know you guys are from somewhere where it’s nighttime, but you need to get to bed,”’ Luis Gonzalez said.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -There are so few fans in Mulcahy Stadium this summer evening that a heckler’s game-long monologue carries clear to the pitcher’s mound. It’s the eighth inning. The hometown Anchorage Bucs are tied with the Peninsula Oilers, 2-2.

“Hit it right at him, see how his reflexes are!” he urges the batter.

The man’s voice cuts easily through the quiet chatter of about 300 people lounging in the bleachers at this Alaska Baseball League game, between teams made up of college players from North Carolina to Hawaii to Taiwan. The park holds 4,500 people, but the average turnout for a game is several hundred. Continue reading

2006: Luis Gonzales Not Ready to Retire

PHOENIX (AP) – Luis Gonzalez wants to finish his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

But the 38-year-old outfielder’s future is uncertain as enters the final year of his three-year, $30 million contract. The Diamondbacks hold a contract option for 2007, and there’s already speculation that he’s not in the team’s plans beyond this summer. Continue reading

2003: An Alaskan Pipeline to the Big Leagues

Associated Press – There were so few fans in Mulcahy Stadium that a heckler’s game-long monologue carried clear to the pitcher’s mound.

The voice cut easily through the quiet chatter of about 300 people lounging in the bleachers, watching teams made up of college players from North Carolina to Hawaii to Taiwan. The park holds 4,500 people, but the average turnout for a game is several hundred. Continue reading