Brian VanderBeek Blog
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on July 25, 2014
The 2015 California League schedule has been released, and to nobody's surprise it perpetuates the decade-long financially driven practice of extreme imbalance.
The Modesto Nuts' 140-game schedule includes 94 games against the other four teams in the North Division - 25 against Bakersfield and Visalia and 22 against Stockton and San Jose.
Meanwhile, games against the South Division will be scarce (46 in total) and front-loaded, as I'll explain below. The Nuts play Lake Elsinore 12 times, Inland Empire 11 times, High Desert 10 times, Lancaster seven and Rancho Cucamonga six.
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on July 24, 2014
David Dahl left Asheville, one of baseball hottest teams, to test his talents in the California League
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on July 14, 2014
At least one former Modesto minor league player or manager has been in uniform for every Midsummer Classic since Reggie’s 1969 All-Star debut
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on July 12, 2014
Rockies’ righty Eddie Butler is making a rehab start for the Nuts tonight, and he’s doing it with big-league baseballs
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on July 11, 2014
Sources say Giants’ Triple-A team headed to Sacramento, A’s likely moving prospects to Nashville
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on July 3, 2014
It’s been almost a year since San Jose Giants manager Lenn Sakata, the winningest manager in the history of the California League, was let go by Colorado as the manager of the Modesto Nuts. On Thursday, he spoke about the differences he’s seen while managing in four organizations, his empathy for his former Modesto players and finally got the chance to say goodbye to the Modesto fans and front office.
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on July 2, 2014
Second-year pro outfielder Mike Tauchman has connected for two home runs in his first four games with the Nuts