Josh Leventhal

Giants Are A Hit Off The Field As Well

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Mario Alioto has a special connection to bobbleheads. Alioto, the Giants' senior vice president of business operations, says San Francisco was the first major league team to give away a head-bobbing doll when he oversaw the promotions department in 1999. Fans at Candlestick Park that season received a Willie Mays replica—one that the Hall of Famer still claims doesn't look like him.

Minors | #Business Beat#Giants

Winter Meetings Wrapup

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The Winter Meetings trade show has long been the home of anything and everything one could possibly need in baseball merchandise and promotions. The sprawling convention center floor at the Opryland carried on that tradition, featuring items that ranged from the practical (like bottom-filling beer cups) to the bizarre (dancing Zooperstars Harry Canary and Tim Teabull were hard to miss).

Minors | #2012#Business Beat

2012 Triple-A Freitas Award Winner: Lehigh Valley IronPigs

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It may seem hard to believe now, but success was anything but guaranteed when Joe Finley and Craig Stein bought a baseball team and moved it to Allentown, Pa. For even though the veteran minor league operators were building a new downtown ballpark that they promised would rank among the best in the minors, the Lehigh Valley area was hardly uncharted territory, and locals skeptical about supporting another team could simply point to the memory of a half-built stadium on the outskirts of town as a reminder of past failures.

Minors | #2012#Awards#Freitas Awards