J.J. Cooper

Bad Time For Indy Ball

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The current recession has cost millions of Americans their jobs and has cost the U.S. Treasury billions of dollars in deficit spending. And as you would expect, it's causing headaches for independent leagues as well. All sports have been affected by the economic downturn, but the effects may be felt especially hard in some of the independent leagues, where the margin between success and dissolution is smaller.

Minors | #2009#Independent Audit

Book Review: Becoming Manny

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Of all of today's baseball superstars, is there anyone about whom we know less than Manny Ramirez? "Becoming Manny" tries to step into that gulf, and it largely succeeds by telling the story of how Ramirez' grew up in the Dominican Republic and New York City and how that upbringing shaped the man he's become. Authors Jean Rhodes and Shawn Boburg got to know Ramirez and his family, getting them to open up in a way that we've rarely if ever seen in newspaper or magazine interviews with Ramirez.

Majors | #2009#Book Guide

Movie Review: Sugar

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There are a lot of good baseball movies, and even more bad ones. But if you are a diehard fan of baseball, the common denominator of almost all of them is that the better they are, the more the little details ring false. But "Sugar" is one baseball movie that rings true from the first pitch to the final out.<br/>

Majors | #2009#Book Guide

Makers of ‘Sugar’ Focused On The Details

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When Ron Shelton wrote and directed Bull Durham, he created one of the most realistic baseball movies ever made because he'd live the life of a minor leaguer. He'd played in the Orioles organization and managed to take that experience and use the details to capture what life was like in the minor leagues. Ryan Fleck never played minor league ball, and as you would expect, fellow writer/producer/director Anna Boden didn't either. But the creators of "Sugar" have managed to match Shelton detail for detail and even surpass him in many ways, because they showed how well they could listen.

Majors | #2009#Book Guide

NL Central Roster Analysis

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To get ready for the minor league season, we’ve analyzed the rosters of every full-season minor league team, with an eye on which players’ assignments surprised and who is missing […]

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AL West Roster Analysis

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  To get ready for the minor league season, we’ve analyzed the rosters of every minor league team. Click the team name to see that team’s roster. LOS ANGELES ANGELS TRIPLE-A SALT […]

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AL Central Roster Analysis

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To get ready for the minor league season, we’ve analyzed every full-season minor league roster. Click on the team name to see that team’s roster. TRIPLE-A CHARLOTTE: Manager Chris Chambliss […]

Minors | #Daily Dish

NL West Roster Analysis

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To get you ready for the minor league season we’ve analyzed the rosters of every full-season minor league team. Click the team name to get the team’s roster. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS […]

Minors | #Daily Dish

NL East Roster Analysis

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To get ready for the minor league season, we’ve analyzed the rosters of every minor league team. Click the team name to see that team’s roster. ATLANTA BRAVES TRIPLE-A GWINNETT COUNTY: RHP Tommy […]

Minors | #Daily Dish