Facebook For Baseball
A new Website tries to connect baseball players through a social networking site.
Naomi Silver hardly thinks of Batavia as a reclamation project. The Rochester Red Wings chief operating officer instead views her team's new relationship with the Muckdogs, their neighbor in upstate New York, as an investment that will prove profitable for two of minor league baseball's most venerable teams.
Building A Winner
Kurt Landes can't wait to see the IronPigs hit a home run. The general manager of the International League's newest franchise, which makes its home debut on April 11 in Lehigh Valley, was not so anxious about the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate putting runs on the board, but rather how the scoreboard will respond to the team scoring runs. One of the many over-the-top amenities at Coca-Cola Park is a nine-story tall scoreboard in left-center field with a giant neon Coke bottle hanging from its top.
Marlins, Rays Spruce Up Sagging Markets
While promotions are as much a part of baseball history as Cracker Jacks and trading cards, teams like the Rays and Marlins are trying to overcome geographical and structural challenges by making their ballparks into destination attractions. Arriving to the park just before the first pitch and leaving after the seventh inning doesn't fit into their business model. Instead they invite fans to come early for a parking lot happy hour or concourse level mini-carnival and stay late for fireworks and a concert.
Business Beat: March 5
The Columbus Catfish have a new owner, and likely a new hometown in the future.
And the winner in the recently abandoned, and suddenly sought-after Richmond market sweepstakes is . . . patience.
Kansas City Royals: Top 10 Prospects Chat With Josh Leventhal
Josh Leventhal answered questions about his Top 10 Royals Prospects list.