Xavier Batista conducting a preseason interview for Leones del Escogido.

The Bauble in LIDOM

About halfway through this past Central League (JPCL) season, I wrote about the interesting career path of Xavier Batista. At the time he deserved all the praise in the world for having turned his career around. The Hiroshima Toyo Carp slugger had gone from a prospect to out of baseball to a developmental prospect again […]

Dariel Álvarez at-bat for Charros de Jalisco

A Glance and a Gander: LMP

For a while now this website has been trending more and more towards independent or unaffiliated baseball coverage. When I released the Baseball Streaming Guide I think that’s when I first realized that this site was going to probably trend more towards 70% unaffiliated, 20% historical, and 10% affiliated coverage. It’s not that I don’t […]

Pete Hill poses for a team picture with the Detroit Stars.

The Unknown Pete Hill

In 1952 the Pittsburgh Courier ran a poll of the best outfielders in the history of the Negro Leagues. The top three were Oscar Charleston, Monte Irvin, and Cristóbal Torriente. Coming in at fourth on the list was Pete Hill. Ask non-historians to tell you a little about Pete Hill these days and I’m guessing […]