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College: Pennies From Heaven: NC State's Marissa Kastanek

2014-05-15 16:40:00 UTC – 40 comments

How many times have you walked down the street and seen a penny? During NC State All-America Marissa Kastanek's time in Raleigh, the answer is too many to count. But Kastanek continued to find coins laying on the ground. In the parking deck. On her way to class. They were just coins thrown into a jar. Until a revelation occurred. View Complete Story

MLB: Brandon Guyer: A Fearless Bet For A Lifetime

2014-04-15 15:54:15 UTC – 10 comments

It began as a $50 bet. It ended in marriage. What happened in between is a story of sports, love and timing for Tampa Bay Rays and Durham Bulls outfielder Brandon Guyer and Lindsay Murphy, with a little bit of Hollywood mixed in. View Complete Story

Minors: Barreling Toward the Big Leagues: Kirby Yates

2014-07-25 14:55:23 UTC – 129 comments

Hawaii is known for breathtaking beauty. Pristine beaches that stretch for miles. Unrelenting Pacific waves over which surfers salivate. Active volcanos. Luaus. Pearl Harbor. Hawaii isn’t exactly known for producing major league baseball players. However, one family in Hawaii is on the verge of producing not one major leaguer - but two. And a gnarly surfer to boot. View Complete Story

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College: Eric Surkamp: Sojourn At NC State, Before & Beyond

2014-08-15 09:30:12 UTC – 1 comments

Sitting in the shady visiting dugout at Durham Bulls Athletic Park a few weeks ago, former NC State lefty Eric Surkamp paused to reflect on his winding road from a high school baseball powerhouse, to Doak Field, major elbow surgery and ultimately to AT&T Park in San Francisco. He has traveled a circuitous path, but the fire still burns inside as he finds himself with his second major league organization in his career. View Complete Story

Minors: Tampa Bay Rays' Ali Solis: Hand Up

2014-08-11 16:32:10 UTC – 72 comments

His hand went up. His father pulled it down. His hand went up again. His father pulled it down again. Undeterred, his right hand went up one final time. His dad acquiesced. His son was stubbornly determined. A few minutes later, he caught five popups. A catcher was born. He just chose his baseball fate as a young boy in Mexico, father by his side. And now, two years after making his major league debut, Solis is back in big league baseball, catcher’s mitt in hand. View Complete Story

Minors: Rich Thompson: Baseball's Ninja Warrior

2014-08-08 13:52:47 UTC – 1 comments

It all ended so fast. One of professional baseball's greatest stories and sleekest runners was lying on the warning track at Victory Field. Eight years between major league games, he was vying for one last chance. A career-ending injury suffered that day didn't deter Rich Thompson. He took his competitiveness into the business field, but took his 493 career stolen bases to one last field of battle. He took it to the field of reality TV's American Ninja Warrior. View Complete Story

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NC State: Jennifer Mathurin's Journey: From Montreal's Darkness to Raleigh's Light Read Story

Hi there, I check your blogs like every week. Your story-telling style is witty, keep doing what you're doing!

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Minors: From River City To The Big Apple: MLB OF Justin Christian Read Story

Great reporting. This guy is what baseball, heck, America, is all about. I'm saving this article.

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Minors: Boarding Pass To MLB: Vince Belnome Read Story

Very nice story! Vinnie is representing coatesville very well! Good luck, Vinnie! Hopefully, my nephew, Ty Young will follow in Vinnies footsteps. He's in the Tampa Bay organization too. He was drafted in 2013.

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