Mark McGwire - 1982 Team
Mark McGwire recalls his days playing for the 1982 Anchorage Glacier Pilots team under Coach Jim Dietz and how playing on the team was a dramatic game changing moment for him as a baseball player for the rest of his life.
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Mike Pelfrey - 2003 Team
Mike Pelfrey recalls his funfilled days bare handed red salmon fishing, riding 4 wheelers and pitching for the 2003 Anchorage Glacier Pilots! On field memories include his key to successful pitching, team mate Adam Simon's painful catching a baseball with his mouth and the Left Field plane crash!
Michael Alan "Mike" Pelfrey, born January 14, 1984, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball. He has also played for the New York Mets. He is a 6' 7", 230-pound right-handed ground ball pitcher from Wichita State University.
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Coach Stu Pederson Dad Lessons
L.A. Times 6/21/15
by Bill Paschke
photo- Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News
He loved the Dodgers, but they never loved him back.
Stu Pederson toiled through their minor league system for seven years, yet wore a Dodgers uniform for only eight major-league games.
He came to the plate just five times. He never got a hit. He never scored a run. He collected one RBI on a sacrifice fly to the Dodger Stadium right-field wall, and then took off the jersey forever.
It was September of 1985, and outfielder Stu Pederson was quite possibly the most invisible man at Chavez Ravine. He was sent back down the following spring and never appeared in another major-league game. He eventually sought refuge in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, but by then he was an aging journeyman and, even with a career minor-league average of .292, it was too late.
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Ron Roenicke - 1976 Valley Green Giants Team
Ron Roenicke was on the 1st Palmer, Alaska ABL team the 1976 Valley Green Giants ( Matsu-Miners.) Ron discusses the great time he had playing baseball in Alaska and later in Wichita for the Alaska Goldpanners.
Mark Teahen - 2001 Team NBC & ABL Championship Pilots
All around star player, 1st & 3rd Basemen & Right Fielder recounts his days playing in the Alaska league for the Kenai Oilers and for the 2001 NBC Championship Team the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.
Mark Thomas Teahen (born September 6, 1981) is an American-Canadian professional baseball infielder, and is currently with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.
He graduated from Yucaipa High School in 1999 and attended St. Mary's College in California. Teahen was drafted 39th overall in the 2002 draft by the Oakland Athletics with a sandwich pick between the 1st and 2nd rounds. Teahen was one of the featured players in the book 'Moneyball', which claimed that Teahen had the potential to become the next Jason Giambi.
Prior to the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Teahen, whose father was born in St. Marys, Ontario, became a naturalized Canadian citizen and played for Team Canada in that event. In 2011, Teahen and Brett Lawrie both started in the infield for the Blue Jays, marking the first time the squad had two Canadians in its starting lineup.
Matt Wise - 1996 Team
Matt Wise, a former MLB pitcher, discusses playing for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, ducks, moose and other fun things about playing baseball in Alaska.
Matthew John Wise (born November 18, 1975 in Montclair, California), is a former professional baseball player. A right-handed pitcher, he played all or part of eight seasons in Major League Baseball between 2000 and 2008. Wise was drafted in the 6th round of the 1997 draft. He made his major league debut on August 2, 2000 with the Anaheim Angels. He was released by the Angels in 2003 and signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. The New York Mets signed Wise to a one-year contract on December 18, 2007.
In 209 career appearances, he had an ERA of 4.23. His two best pitches are an 89-92 mph fastball. He is known for his changeup because of his deceptive arm action.
Curt Young - 1981 Team
Curt Young discusses his unique experience of playing for Chuck "Bobo" Brayton's Glacier Pilots in Anchorage, Alaska and how the league helps prepare college ball players for pro baseball!
He played on the 1981 Anchorage Glacier Pilots team.
Mike Zagurski - 2004 Team
Mike Zagurski, right-handed pitcher for the 2007 Philadelphia Phillies recalls playing baseball in Alaska for the 2004 Anchorage Glacier Pilots and the "steak rewards" program
Michael Justin "Mike" Zagurski (born January 27, 1983) is an American baseball pitcher, who is a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Zagurski was neither drafted after high school nor recruited by any four-year colleges. He started his college career at Hutchinson Community College and finished at University of Kansas, where he set the single season record for strike outs.