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Naples High graduate Jeff Smith is in the midst of his second season as manager of the Beloit (Wis.) Snappers, the low Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins in the Midwest League. His wife, Ronna, and young son, Cooper, live in Naples but visit him occasionally in Wisconsin, and he has chosen to stay in touch with them and the rest of his hometown through this blog.

  • Final report from Beloit Posted 9/30/2007 at 8:56 p.m. 0 comments

    The season finally ended and what a year it was. We took the season to the last possible day you can have in Minor League Baseball.

  • On the road again Posted 8/18/2007 at 8:30 a.m. 0 comments

    We are three-quarters through our season right now, and ending a 12-game road trip.

  • Second half 'extra' exciting Posted 7/20/2007 at 8:04 a.m. 0 comments

    Right now we are 14-11 to start the second half of the season and 58-37 overall. I tell you what, this second half has been all exciting games. We have lost a bunch in the last few innings, and have won a bunch in the last few -- five extra inning games already.

  • Playoff Time Posted 9/9/2006 at 5:10 a.m. 0 comments

    Regular season just ended. We ended up 74-64. I am extremely happy with the way our guys played. We battled through injuries, call-ups, and other adversities to get here. These boys definitely deserve the playoffs.

  • 2 days off to rest up for the final 12 Posted 8/22/2006 at 11:56 a.m. 0 comments

    It has been a very long season for the boys, but boy has it flown by. Somehow the schedule has given us back-to-back off day. Perfect timing. The troops have battled, we just got some new players to help with the remaining games, and we are looking to finish strong.

  • 20 games to go Posted 8/14/2006 at 4:27 p.m. 0 comments

    We are now heading into our stretch run of our last 20 games of the regular season. The troops and myself are having probably the most fun all year. We have had to make all kind of adjustments. We have sent sent players up to the Miracle and the next level. Then the injury bug happened. We lost a shortstop to a knee injury, two players with back injuries, a first baseman with a wrist injury, and a pitcher with a shoulder problems.

  • 37 To Go Posted 7/30/2006 at 3:13 p.m. 0 comments

    Baseball is a funny game...

  • A visit to the Gold Dome Posted 7/3/2006 at 12:05 p.m. 0 comments

    Just an update on how the season is going. We have started our second half now, and we are 6-5 in this half and 41-38 overall. I am very happy with the progress this team has made.

  • Beliot Snappers 33-31 Posted 6/15/2006 at 4:55 p.m. 0 comments

    Well, we are now four games away from being halfway done with the season. Two games above .500 so we are happy with that.

  • Learning through baseball Posted 6/2/2006 at 4:35 p.m. 0 comments

    Today we finished an eight-game homestand. We've had a lot of late-inning excitement and drama. We went 3-5, but we were in all of them.