Monday, May 22, 2006

Saints Join MySpace Network

SAINT PAUL, Minn.- The Saint Paul Saints of the American Association League have joined the MySpace network. The Saint Paul Saints MySpace page is located at http://www.myspace.com/stpaulsaints Go check it out and enjoy some fun facts and if you're a MySpace member add them to your friends or leave a fun fact or a memory about your experiences with baseball at a Saint Paul Saints game on their page.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Old Saints Meet New Foes In 2006 Season

Niki Paton / American Baseball Notions
"You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too." ~Roy Campanella

SAINT PAUL, Minn.- Saint Paul Saints pitcher Matt Hammons was headed to the Colorado Rockies organization after traversing some rough terrain in his career for a chance in the majors at the end of last season.

Now Hammons has returned along with Nick Gretz, Jeremy Frost, Josh Renick, Steve Butler, Tim Tisch, Mike Forbes, Charlie Ruud, Matt Pike, Mike Meyer and Adam Olow for an incredible new season with the Saint Paul Saints in the renewed American Association of Independent Professional Baseball League.

With the season well underway this week the St. Joe Blacksnakes were swept back to Missouri in the first series of the season they faced against the Saints under the new AA league.

Friday night the Saints first winning streak came to an end when they faced an old foe at Midway Stadium, the Sioux City Explorers.

The Saints got off to a great start for the 2006 independent baseball season a few weeks earlier than previous years when they belonged to the Northern League. While 2005 proved an incredible upset for the Saints during the Northern League playoffs and what would be their last Northen League season, 2006 brings a new start in a new league.

In 2005, when the Saints thought they had their chance to play in another championship wrapped up they were crushed by the under-cats of the Northern League, the Gary SouthShore RailCats in the final game of the series in Gary, Indiana.

This year brings with it a new opportunity for the Saints to win the first renewed American Association Championship. The opponents standing between the Saints and an AA championship this season include old foes Lincoln, Sioux City, and Sioux Falls. While their newest opponents are the Fort Worth Cats, El Paso Diablos, Pensacola Pelicans, Coastal Bend Aviators, and Shreveport Sports.

Fans will have new locations for road trips this season to enjoy their beloved Saints in the southern states of Texas, Florida, Louisiana or Missouri but a new league, new blood and a big league feel are coming to the heart of independent baseball. This may be the beginning of a new and long tradition in independent ball similar to watching the Twins in Spring Training in Florida. The best is yet to come.

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