I've always said that Joliet is the armpit of the state of Illinois.
(Like Flint in Michigan, Gary in Indiana, El Paso in Texas). There's not
much going on there, but they do have a thriving prison industry, and
now that prison-industrial complex has inspired the nickname for their
new Frontier League team.
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A TV Commercial, Book and Documentary
Even when it is self-generated, media coverage can be fascinating.
At least that is this corner's take on the Joliet (IL) Slammers' decision
to play off their nickname and the hometown's two maximum security
prisons in their attempt to win attention for the new Frontier League team.
The Slammers' first television commercial, already on You Tube and set to air on an impressive list of outlets in the Chicago area, has a shadowy figure walking through a prison who turns out to be a player extolling the opening weekend of May 19-21.
More traditional media coverage which touches on the Indy game includes former Western and Central League pitcher Aaron Pribble's book "Pitching in the Promised Land: A Story of the First and Only Season in the Israel Baseball League" and Tony Okun's "Time in the Minors" documentary, which features the passionate dreams of two players, including Tony Schrager, who had a 54-game stint with Long Island, NY (Atlantic League) in 2006. The Oh! Show Productions video is now available on DVD.
Final Tally: 84 Indy Players in Major League Spring Training Games
Our final count of former Independent players who got into at least
one major league spring training game is an astonishing 84. This
includes 35 who were brought in from minor league camps for one or more
contests. The other 49 were on 40-man rosters or were non-roster
invitees. A list of the 35 new names is available at www.IndyBaseballChatter.com.
Now in its eighth year, the Independent Baseball Insider covers
every Independent league. It is written by Bob Wirz,
whose lengthy career in sports includes serving as Chief
Spokesman for Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth from 1974-85.
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