Josh Leventhal

Dr. Seuss Strikes Back

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Controversial promotions are nothing new to minor league baseball. Vasectomy Night in Charleston—all male fans were eligible to win a free snip—was not well-received and canceled without a single neuter. […]

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Hagadone May Have TJ

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BA’s Red Sox correspondent Alex Speier reports that lefthander Nick Hagadone is scheduled to visit famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham on Monday to determine if he will […]

Minors

Red Wings, Twins Extend PDC

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Check another team off the list of available Triple-A affiliates. In a move that can hardly be considered a surprise, Rochester (International) and the Twins extended their player development contract […]

Minors

PDC Update

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The Pirates and Triple-A Indianapolis agreed yesterday to extend their player development contract four years through the 2012 season, bringing the number of International League clubs whose contracts expire after […]

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Reds Go West

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The Reds’ exodus from its longtime Florida spring training home to Arizona was finalized on Monday evening, when the city of Goodyear agreed to finance a $33 million ballpark project. […]

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Early-Season Promotions

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The Fresno Grizzlies are taking an unusual tactic to attract fans to the ballpark for Opening Day this weekend: blackmail. If the Fresno followers ever want to again see Parker, […]

Minors

Paying For The Rain

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The drought in North Carolina ended just in time for the baseball season. After seeing barely a drop of precipitation over the winter, high Class A Kinston was inundated last […]

Minors

Fix-It-Upper

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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.

Minors | #2008#Business Beat

Building A Winner

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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.

Minors | #2008#Season Preview

Red Sox Nation in an Uproar

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Baseball America editor in chief John Manuel arrived in the newsroom on Tuesday morning slightly irked that his pre-dawn wake-up call to the Red Sox Opening Day tilt in Japan […]

Minors

Marlins, Rays Spruce Up Sagging Markets

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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.

Minors | #2008#Business Beat

A Farewell Tour

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If incoming South Atlantic League president Eric Krupa ever had any doubts about the big shoes he has to fill in succeeding John Henry Moss, they were erased when the […]

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