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RedHawks' George Springer hits 34{+t}{+h} home run

by Michael Baldwin Published: August 16, 2013
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Center fielder George Springer hit his 16th home run with the RedHawks in a 3-2 win over Albuquerque Friday night in front of 7,313 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

For the season, Springer has slammed 34 homers, scored 97 runs, accumulated 99 RBIs and has stolen 38 bases with Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City.

There are only 17 games left in the regular season, but Springer still has an outside shot to become the first 40-40 player in the minors in 57 years. Springer should get the 40 steals but must average a homer every three games to reach 40 homers.

BRICK RANKED NINTH IN THE MINORS

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark was ranked ninth among minor league ballparks in a Readers' Choice contest sponsored by USA Today.

A panel of experts nominated ballparks at every level. Criteria included amenities, architecture and homage to former major league players and fields.

The rest of the top 10: 1-Modern Woodmen Park (Davenport, Iowa); 2-Louisville Slugger Field (Louisville); 3-First Energy Stadium (Reading, Pa.); 4-Fifth Third Field (Toledo); 5-Coca-Cola Field (Buffalo); 6-Whataburger Field (Corpus Christi); 7-Dell Diamond (Round Rock); 8-McCormick Field (Asheville, N.C.); 10-Autozone Park (Memphis).

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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