J.J. Cooper

Mets, Dodgers Swap Arms

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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.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Business Beat

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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.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

Business Beat

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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.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

Business Beat

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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.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

Tiebreaker Rules May Vex Team USA

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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.

International | #2006#International Affairs#Olympics

Indy GMs Find Added Worries

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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.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Three Teams Withdraw From Northern League

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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.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit