The Legend Of Cody Ehlers


Cody Ehlers came to Waterfront Park in 2007 looking to fulfill the potential many thought he had after being named the 2006 Florida State League Player of the Year.

Two disappointing seasons later, and the former Trenton Thunder first baseman is out of affiliated baseball completely.

Ehlers signed a deal with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the Northern League yesterday, a league considered to be in the middle of the pack in terms of independent baseball.

The 26-year-old Oklahoma native hit just .200 last season before being released with just a handful of games to go in the season, struggling mightily for the majority of the campaign.

As someone who will be entering his seventh year of covering the independent Atlantic League, I do think that if Ehlers can hit and show flashes of the power he had in 2006, he might get picked up by an organization.  But he’d be likely to be assigned to high-A or perhaps Double-A, being forced to try to climb his way up the ladder of a farm system in which he didn’t come up in. 

It’s a tough road ahead for Cody Ehlers.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT


10 Responses to “The Legend Of Cody Ehlers”

  1. Matt L Says:

    Mike I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while now, but I think this is my first post on your blog. I just wanted to say that I live in Winnipeg, and that Cody is in for a major culture shock. All I know is that he must be glad to not be here right now, as the current temp. is -24, which is about average for this time of the year.

  2. thunderbaseball Says:


    Thanks for reading the blog, and welcome to the wonderful world of the comments.

    As for Cody, he could always check out a Manitoba Moose game. In a baseball sense, he’s also in for a bit of a culture shock. Independent baseball is FAR less regimented than affiliated ball is. It’s a lot more of a relaxed atmosphere.

  3. David Mac Says:

    LOL: I saw the item on Cody in the transactions this morning and said to myself “Ashmore will be all over that.” It’s even bigger news than Mitch Jones siging a milge contract with the Dodgers…

  4. David Says:

    I felt bad for him when he got released before the playoffs last year. I hope he does well.

  5. thunderbaseball Says:

    For the record, I do hope Cody gets a ring from last season…he deserved it. Say what you want about how he played, but for all of the interesting paper moves that were made throughout the year, they could have let him stay on for the rest of the season.

  6. SP Says:

    I don’t know how they figure out the rings, but if Ian Kennedy and Edwar Ramirez got rings last year, Cody should definitely get one for 2008. He was with the team for a much greater portion of the season.

    It would make sense for his next affiliated team to start him at high-A or AA, because he really hasn’t proven himself at the AA level yet. Obviously, the sooner he can get that opportunity, the better.

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    Ok…that obviously didnt work…haha

    I was trying to post this pic (credit:

  9. SteveB Says:

    Hi Mike– Happy New Year and I am looking forward to another great Thunder season and to your postings. You do a super job with this blog.

    One of the things that very few people give thought to is what happens to all these ballplayers who were great athletes in junior high, standout ballplayers in high school (& perhaps college too), and maybe even in A ball, even through to AA ball, but just don’t have that combination of additional talent and/or luck to advance any further. So there you are at a relatively young age: 21, 24, or in Cody’s case- 27, knowing deep down in your heart that you most likely will never make it. But because there is still that slim chance, you find yourself playing baseball in Manitoba while watching moose (and I don’t mean the hockey team). Seriously, after 15 or so years working so single-mindedly towards your dream, it has to be so hard when this happens. You gotta feel for these guys. I sometimes think they love ‘baseball’ on a level we have no conception of.

  10. yanksince57-was this 1959 or is it 1965? Says:

    hey, it beats blogging about the yankees!

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