Texarkana Gunslingers And Big Bend Cowboys Catcher On MLB.com And ESPN

Ryan Powell played a few games in the CBL, in 2008 with the Texarkana Gunslingers and 2009 with the Big Bend Cowboys. He got injured but returned in 2011 in the Pecos League to be a player-manager with the Carlsbad Bats and then finished his time with the Trinidad Triggers in 2012.

He joined the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 as a scout for the independent leagues, but then was able to honor his ailing mother by playing a spring training game with the Orioles. Here are the links (including from MLB.com) and a video clip of him on ESPN (all rights go to ESPN, the video was uploaded to Ryan’s YouTube channel) about the story. In some of the articles, the Big Bend Cowboys are mentioned:



Lots Of 2008 McKinney Blue Thunder Articles Added

We found the archive of articles written by the McKinney Courier Gazette during 2008 on the CBL and the McKinney Blue Thunder.  Several feature articles about players, and there are game recaps as well as mentions of other teams & players from the 2008 season.

All of those articles have been added below the “Videos” section on the McKinney Blue Thunder page here:

McKinney Blue Thunder