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37 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (three slots are open)

Last updated 11-17-2023
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Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman


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ASB Filler: Bush League Ballhawking

On I-Cub Opening Day in Des Moines this year, I bundled up and took a seat right behind the bullpen of the Oklahoma City Dodgers. During that first game of this 2018 season, Max Muncy, (sounds like a private eye, don’t you think?) grounded a foul ball down the right field line into the pen. A Dodger reliever retrieved it and casually flipped it to me, the 64-year-old kid shivering in the front row.

Ever since, both Muncy and I are having great seasons.

He was called up by Los Angeles later in April and slugged enough homerse to put him in the running for the final spot on the National League All-Star team. He got my vote(s).

I’m still in Triple A, but I’ve added seven more Pacific Coast League balls to the one that came my way off Muncy’s bat. Eight is a great total at the ASB and projects to a career year. I have a small suitcase full of PCL souvenirs in the closet at home, accumulated over many years as a bush league ballhawk. No small children, for the record, have ever been disappointed in the course of any of my acquisitions. One, our six-month-old #1 grandson, stands to inherit them at the proper time.

Just as little leaguers aspire to become big leaguers, I drew inspiration as an adult from the Waveland Avenue ballhawks who loiter on the perimeter of Wrigley Field in hopes of catching a clout from inside. Besides the ivy and the old scoreboard, the shrine’s best feature to me is that you can still actually partake of the game from the outside in a way less crass and contrived than the Gallagher Way. One of my favorite Chicago memories is getting to see the local premiere of the documentary film Ballhawks at the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2010 while in town for a Cub-Cardinal Memorial Day series.

Granted, my mementos aren’t big leaguers and they aren’t homers either, with a few notable exceptions, like the one blasted out of Principal Park last year by Victor Caratini before he graduated to the C-Cub roster. I found it down by the Des Moines River, well beyond the center field wall. I also have three batting practice homers that I fetched on road trips to Wrigley; two on Waveland Avenue and one on Sheffield the night they dedicated the Ron Santo statue. But almost all of my genuine, professional, game-used, FREE artifacts are fouled backwards or sideways into the parking lot. Last home stand, I found two just lying in wait for me as I walked to my car in the late innings to get a jump on postgame traffic.

Muncy was on the verge of giving up the game before suddenly blossoming this spring into full flower as a key player for one of the sport’s most storied franchises. So maybe I should reconsider my self-imposed exile from Wrigleyville in protest of the Ricketts GOP connections and return in hopeful pursuit of an actual big league home run ball. Street balls are even harder to come by post-Jumbotron, but some do still escape.

Hey, if 2016 can happen…


the HR derby was actually entertaining...and the A/S game was close until the flood gates opened up.  baez lead it off with a hit and contreras got a homer.  nice.

...and then there's josh hader.  yeah...that guy.

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In reply to by crunch

I like the timed format in the derby -- I was much more entertained by the derby than the game itself this year but Javy/Schwarber major reasons for that. The derby was good with Stanton and Judge going off the two prior years as well. 

Also: no constant "Back, back back!!!" is a major plus  

Happy for Bam Bam to see him come through so well at the event - hit ten more homers than the winner. What a satisfying experience it had to be for him compared to last year's break. 

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In reply to by Eric S

The timed rounds were way better--agreed!

I'd kind of like to see a scoring system replace the most HRs each round thing, but maybe that overcomplicates it for kids and very casual fans. I'd like something along the lines of x points for each HR, -n points for each ball in play, and y points for longest HR, with points accumulating across the entire event. First round would be elimination round taking the field from 8 to 4, then last two rounds would have maybe half the time in each but all 4 players would continue. That's probably too complicated for an event no one really cares about.

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