Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Tall Tale of Toledo: Michael Steven Hessman and the Long and Winding Road

To label Mike Hessman as a tragic figure would be a mistake. It is easy to assume that a thirty-seven year old with only 109 Major League games under his belt would be long past his dream of a baseball career. Not so for Hessman, who has spent nearly as much time in the Minor Leagues as Derek Jeter did in Yankees pinstripes. He is the all-time International League home run king, and if he can stay healthy for a few more years, the all-time Minor League record of 484 is within reach. Friday night in Indianapolis, Mike Hessman hit the 423rd home run of his career. It was a grand slam, scoring the only four runs of the night for the struggling Toledo Mud Hens. It went largely unnoticed, however Mike's dream of big league stardom has now changed to that of a mentor to the young players of the game he loves.

Carpe Noctem: The Geoff Blum Story

A baseball season can seem so long that a single plate appearance can seem largely insignificant. As summer's long days turn cold and th...