Just added an article about Tony Rogowski, former McKinney Blue Thunder and Bay Area Toros player, being hired as a strength and conditioning coach for the Washington Nationals organization. The link to that article has been added to the McKinney page here:
Just added a 2009 article about Joel Hartman, of the Bay Area Toros, making the 2009 CBL All-Star roster. The article includes some of his background in the CBL.
The article was added to the Toros’ page here:
Here is the link to the archived web page (from the old BlueThunderProBaseball.com website) with a quick recap and box score from the final game in McKinney Blue Thunder history:
The Blue Thunder went on the road and defeated the Texarkana Gunslingers by a final score of 5-4.
Here is an archive of the old Tarrant County Blue Thunder website page which lists the members of the team’s front office:
We found an archive of the old Tarrant County Blue Thunder website which has player statistics for the 2007 season:
Found an article which lists the All-Stars in the history of the Alexandria Aces, including the 2009 CBL All-Stars. That link was added to the Aces page here:
Nick Shay won the 2008 CBL home run derby in McKinney, Texas in July 2008. Nick represented the Corpus Christi Beach Dawgs.
A video of his round in the Derby is now added to the page for that event here:
A recent article came out about Auburn’s assistant athletic trainer, Andrew Crane, who was with the Bay Area Toros. Here is the link to the article:
Thanks to former Texarkana Gunslingers player Brendan Rubenstein for sending us his photos of the front and back of most of the 2008 team’s baseball card set. Those images are now on the Memorabilia page here:
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: