John Manuel

Brewers Nab Top Dominican Talent

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The Milwaukee Brewers aren't known The Milwaukee Brewers aren't known for being a big player in the international marketplace for players. The organization wants that to change. In July, scouts in Latin America reported that righthander Rolando Pascual was the best unsigned talent in the Dominican Republic.

International | #2005#International Affairs

Baseball Eliminated From Olympics After 2008

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Jacques Rogge finally got what he wanted: baseball and softball out of the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee, following the lead of its president, had secret-ballot voting on all 28 sports on the Olympic program Thursday, and baseball and softball were the only two that failed to receive the majority of votes needed to stay in the Games. So the 2008 Beijing Olympics will likely be the last Games with baseball and softball for the foreseeable future.

International | #2005#International Affairs#Olympics

Indians’ McDonald Suspended For Steroids

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Eight years ago, Darnell McDonald was considered a can't-miss prospect. Now, he's a footnote in baseball's steroid spring. McDonald, a 1997 first-round pick who has played 17 games in the major leagues, was suspended 15 games for violating baseball's minor league drug prevention and treatment program. Because he's not on a 40-man roster, he was subject to the minor league testing policy (and thus a longer suspension as a first-time offender), even though he has big league experience.

Minors | #2005#Prospect Bulletin