Book Review: The Mind Of Bill James
Review of Scott Gray's The Mind Of Bill James.
Review of Scott Gray's The Mind Of Bill James.
Review of the books Game Of Shadows and Love Me, Hate Me.
League presidents were prepared for a likely minor league umpires strike and had plenty of time to make contingency plans.
Looking to add another starting pitching option, the Dodgers picked up Mets righthander Jae Seo and lefthander Tim Hamulack for righthanders Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll in the first significant trade of 2006.
Sitting in a business class at Arizona State, Aaron Klusman didn't feel like he was learning a whole lot. The class was long, and a little boring. But boredom quickly turned to inspiration. "The teacher lost me a little bit. I'd always sketched in class, and while sketching, I came up with a corporate logo," Klusman said. A couple of doodles on a piece of paper turned into a fledgling business for Klusman, who is equally adept hitting the corner with a fastball, or pitching his clothing line to a potential sale.
For years, Battle Creek's Midwest League franchise has been dogged by rumors of relocation. This time, it's not a rumor.
Tim Bennett spent five years trying to bring affiliated baseball to the Jackson, Miss., area, an effort that eventually paid off with the arrival of the Mississippi Braves last season. Now, he'll see what he can do in Jackson, Tenn.
Deadlines came and went, but in the end the opportunity to place a team in Skylands Park was enough of a prize to the Can-Am League to be worth shuffling their schedule. The league added a Sussex County team, which hasn't been named yet, in early January. A week later, the Elmira Pioneers, who finished last in the league in attendance in 2005 (1,207 fans a game), shut down for 2006, handing their schedule over to the new team.
Team USA could be eliminated before it plays another game. Because of a quirk in the scheduling, Japan plays two more games before the U.S. plays its pool finale against Mexico. If Japan beats Mexico by any margin in Tuesday night's game, then beats Korea in Wednesday's game in a relatively low-scoring affair, the U.S. would be eliminated, as the first tiebreaker in case of a three-way tie is runs allowed in common games.
While being the GM of a team in the affiliated minor leagues is all about ticket sales, promotions and revenues, being an independent league GM involves all those things as well as paying for worker's comp, juggling a salary cap, and being responsible for the wins and losses.
Back in 1993, Marv Goldklang and his partners were venturing into uncharted territory. As the owners of the St. Paul Saints, they were one of six owners in the new independent Northern League, trying to prove a minor league didn't need ties to Major League Baseball to survive and thrive financially.
And then there were four. The Sioux City Explorers became the fourth Northern League member to announce their voluntary withdrawal from the league, a move that is expected to lead to them joining a trio of other clubs that are forming a new breakaway league.
The American Association has added a 10th team to its fold with the addition of Saint Joseph's, Mo. The team will play at Phil Welch Stadium, a park built in 1939 that holds 3,600 with additional room on a grass berm for another 1,000 fans.
Cuba's top sports official says it is unlikely that the defending Olympic gold medalists will compete in next spring's World Baseball Classic.
The Golden League had planned its inaugural season to include a sprinkling of Japanese players on the rosters of its eight teams. When the league's Tijuana franchise collapsed four months before the season's first pitch, however, the league came up with an idea inspired by necessity.
When it comes to wacky promotions—the kind that generate plenty of publicity, raise eyebrows and ultimately bring fans through the gates—the independent leagues have always been willing to push the envelope.
The Sioux City Explorers (Northern) sold a pair of righthanders, Tony Evans and Mitch Wylie, to affiliated clubs in the span of four days. Evans signed with the Athletics, who sent him to Class A Kane County, while the Giants signed Mitch Wylie and sent him to Triple-A Fresno.
For a couple of days, the Camden Riversharks managed to put together a 2004 draft class that would make any scouting director happy. When righthander Jared Weaver joined shortstop Stephen Drew on the Riversharks roster, Camden became the only pro club to have two of last year's top 15 picks on its roster.
For a league that has yet to play its first game, the Golden Baseball League has been on a roll. The new independent league that began as a class project at Stanford Business School has managed to make itself the most viable startup league to try to give independent league baseball a try in several years.
Just two years ago, the Atlantic League's Pennsylvania Road Warriors fielded a team where Spanish was spoken in the clubhouse nearly as often as English. Now the Latin American influence is disappearing as independent teams find it harder to secure visas for foreign players.