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10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. WHO WAS THE TARGET OF THREATS BY TABLOID Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he was the target of “extortion and blackmail” by the publisher of the National Enquirer, which he said threatened to publish revealing personal photos of him. 2. VIRGINIA DEMOCRATS BRACE FOR POLITICAL FALLOUT OF SCANDAL The political crisis in Virginia threatens […]

Twins, Blue Wahoos share same vision

Twins, Blue Wahoos share same vision

Minnesota Twins General Manager Thad Levine said last Thursday the Pensacola Blue Wahoos are the perfect Double-A affiliate for the franchise. “Gone are the times where you are just looking for a nice city or a nice stadium. You want a partnership. You want to join forces with someone who has a similar vision to […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. COULD AFGHANISTAN BE NEXT AFTER SYRIA PULLOUT? The abruptness with which President Trump turned the page on Syria raises questions about whether combat partners like Iraq and Afghanistan should feel confident that he will not pull the plug on them, too. 2. WHY TRUMP IS ON VERGE OF GIVING UP BEST CHANCE FOR WALL […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. WHAT IS REPLACING NAFTA A revamped trade pact called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, gives American farmers greater access to the Canadian dairy market and offers Canada tariff protection in the auto industry. 2. FBI AGENTS INTERVIEW KAVANAUGH ACCUSER Deborah Ramirez detailed her allegation that the Supreme Court nominee exposed himself to her […]

LaValley helps keep Blue Wahoos in playoff mix

LaValley helps keep Blue Wahoos in playoff mix

Gavin LaValley has gone through the ups and downs of a baseball season. He’s had stretches where the hits have been hard to come by, like in late July and early August when he managed only five hits in 13 games. Since then, he’s been back on track. The 2014 fourth-round pick of the Cincinnati […]

Former Little Leaguers recall historic 1955 Pensacola-Orlando game

Former Little Leaguers recall historic 1955 Pensacola-Orlando game

Tears streamed from the eyes of Admiral LeRoy for three days as he waited for his mother’s decision. LeRoy, only 12 at the time, wanted to join his Jaycees teammates at a Little League state tournament game in Orlando. A local Kiwanis team invited the Pensacola team down there to play. Read the full article […]

Powers finds new life with Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Powers finds new life with Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Alex Powers was playing Independent League Baseball in 2015. Cut in March of that year by the Great Falls Voyagers, the rookie league team of the Chicago White Sox, his options were limited and his future was cloudy. It was either take the rugged road less traveled or give up on his baseball dream. The […]

Short memory, confidence ticket to success for Long

Short memory, confidence ticket to success for Long

Shed Long had managed to come up with just three hits in his last six games heading into a Friday night battle with Montgomery at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola. Yet the second baseman who is brimming over with confidence and swagger, didn’t let the rough stretch get the best of him. He did something […]

Varner always focused on the next pitch

Varner always focused on the next pitch

Nearly seven innings into a game against Mobile during the first half of the Southern League season, Seth Varner gives up a home run that erases a scoreless tie. It could have been a debilitating blow to the confidence of the 2014 10th-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds. It wasn’t. Varner kept pitching and struck […]

Devereaux helping future Reds make climb to MLB

Devereaux helping future Reds make climb to MLB

He was Cincinnati’s worst nightmare in 1995. Mike Devereaux delivered two big blows to the World Series hopes of the Reds that year. His clutch run-scoring hit in the 11th inning of Game One of the National League Championship Series lifted Atlanta to a 2-1 win. Three games later, Devereaux crushed a three-run homer in […]

Larkin discusses player development, future with organization

Larkin discusses player development, future with organization

Barry Larkin was in town last week to work with players from the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The Cincinnati Reds legend talked about a variety of topics. Among them possibly being the next manager of the team he spent his entire career with. “I’m a Cincinnati Red,” Larkin said. “I’ve made this comment before. I’m going […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. SACRAMENTO PROTESTERS HEED CALL TO AVOID DISRUPTING NBA GAME Hours after an emotional interruption at his brother’s funeral, Stevante Clark helped defuse tension in California’s capital city. 2. MOSCOW’S TIT-FOR-TAT EXTENDS DIPLOMATIC CONFLICT Russia will expel more than 150 diplomats, including 60 Americans, and close a U.S. consulate after Western expulsions of Russian diplomats […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. WHO’S LATEST CABINET MEMBER HEADING FOR EXIT Trump fires Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin in the wake of a bruising ethics scandal and a mounting rebellion within his own agency. 2. ECONOMY’S WHEELS SPIN FASTER U.S. GDP grew at a solid 2.9 percent annual rate in the final three months of last year, a […]

Former Red Sox prospect settles into new role with Reds organization

Former Red Sox prospect settles into new role with Reds organization

Before Nick Longhi did an interview with the media after a game earlier this month, he politely asked that no one bring up the trade that sent the talented minor leaguer from Boston to Cincinnati. It was understandable. Yes, he grew up in Florida, moving to the Sunshine State before his first birthday, but he […]

Pace of play hot topic of discussion in baseball

Pace of play hot topic of discussion in baseball

Danny Darwin pitched for eight different Major League teams during a 21-year career, so he understands as well as anyone that the game of baseball is not meant to be played fast. Yet it seems in this era of a sport affectionately known as the national pastime, it’s hard to ignore the discussion of the […]

Studer’s vision has Blue Wahoos Stadium at center stage for all-star game

Studer’s vision has Blue Wahoos Stadium at center stage for all-star game

Dreary has no business being in the same sentence as summer, especially in Florida, but another hard storm has just rolled through on a June morning in Pensacola. But the weather is clearing up as Quint Studer settles into his seat in the Hancock Bank Club high above Blue Wahoos Stadium. Rays of sunlight are […]

Goeddel working hard to get back to the Majors

Goeddel working hard to get back to the Majors

Tyler Goeddel has already been to the place every minor league baseball player hopes to be one day in his career. A year ago at this time, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos leftfielder was playing for the Philadelphia Phillies. He appeared in 92 games and hit .192 while belting out four home runs and driving in […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 19

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 19

LIFE IN PRISON FOR CONVICTED FLORIDA KEYS BOMB PLOTTER A judge has imposed a life prison sentence on a man convicted of plotting to set off a backpack bomb on a Florida Keys beach in solidarity with the Islamic State extremist group. The sentence came Tuesday in Key West federal court in the case of […]

Local World Series winner honored by commissioners

Local World Series winner honored by commissioners

Santa Rosa County Commissioners declared Wednesday, Jan. 11, Addison Russell Day in honor of the Pace native’s success as a major league baseball infielder for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years with Russell hitting a grand slam in the sixth game of the series. After the ceremony, Russell […]