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Mike Morrow

Mike Morrow is a member of the communications team at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and writes about baseball at All photos on this site are his own.

Nashville once said no to MLB

With investor John Loar heading an effort to bring Major League Baseball to Nashville, it’s timely to point out that Nashville, believe it or not, once simply said no to an MLB franchise. When Phil Bredesen was mayor of Nashville, he was approached by a big-league baseball team […]

For Altuve, it all began in Greeneville

Although he first played professionally in the Venezuela Summer League at age 17, second baseman Jose Altuve, the 2017 American League Most Valuable Player, made his first appearance in the United States in Greeneville, Tenn. Greeneville is one of the best kept secrets of professional baseball in the […]

Texas looks to Tennessee

The Texas Rangers have a lot more Tennessee in them this season at both the major league and minor league levels. Former Austin Peay hurler Shawn Kelley signed a one-year contract with the club and is expected to be part of the bullpen. He’ll receive $2.5 million, according […]

Pivotal season for Buxton, Sano

Chattanooga Lookouts fans had to believe they were looking at future big-league superstars. There was no reason to think otherwise. Byron Buxton, from Appling County High School in Georgia, had been ranked baseball’s overall best prospect in 2014 by Baseball America. Miguel Sano, who had signed as a […]

More money for Mookie?

No sooner had the anouncement been made about Bryce Harper’s 13-year, $330 million contract than calls were already out about who might be next to get the big numbers, and former Overton High School star Mookie Betts was among the first to be mentioned. Bob Nightengale, writing for […]

The epic story of how Sonny Gray became a Red

It started with a smile for Sonny Gray to be a Yankee. It was July 31, 2017, when the Yankees announced they had obtained Gray, sending outfielder Dustin Fowler, pitcher James Kaprielian and outfielder Jorge Mateo to the Oakland Athletics for the former Smyna High School and Vanderbilt […]