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Play Ball

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SAN FRANCISCO–We’re just about ready to get under way here. The stands in front of the press box features a veritable who’s-who of baseball scouts and executives. In just the […]

Minors | #Futures Game

Media Will Eat Itself

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SAN FRANCISCO–In these days of round-the-clock coverage, it’s no wonder media members frequently find themselves interviewing each other. That’s even the case here at the Futures Game, where the media […]

Minors | #Futures Game

Same Time Next Year?

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SAN FRANCISCO–If they want to send the All-Star Game to San Francisco every year, that’s fine by me. It’s a crystal-clear 72-degree day here at AT&T Park, and the World […]

Minors | #Futures Game

Futures Game Lineups

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SAN FRANCISCO–Marlins righthander Rick Vanden Hurk and Devil Rays righthander Jeff Niemann will be the starting pitchers in today’s Futures Game. Vanden Hurk, a native of the Netherlands, will start […]

Minors | #Futures Game

MLB Trio Create Smooth Path To Futures Game

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You can be sure that the testosterone will be plentiful on the field (the natural kind; no steroids jokes please) at AT&T Park during the Futures Game, not to mention the major league festivities to follow. And yet those 50 cocky young men who gather in San Francisco have three women to thank for all the fun they're having.

Minors | #2007#Column

Baseball Draft Loses Another Quirk

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Draft-and-follows were like Rule 5 picks: The hype never seemed to live up to the reality. Like the Rule 5, draft-and-follow supporters can point to iconic success stories like Roy Oswalt and Travis Hafner. But also like the Rule 5, fans tend to forget the many players signed each year who never do anything.

Draft | #2007

Draft Takes Final Big Steps On TV

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For many fans, it may have been no more than an interesting footnote. Even for serious fans, it probably just rated as another notable step in the evolution of the event. But for people who have followed the baseball draft for years, the news that it will be televised this year was nothing short of revolutionary.

Draft | #2007

Baseball Draft Loses Another Quirk

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Draft-and-follows were like Rule 5 picks: The hype never seemed to live up to the reality. Like the Rule 5, draft-and-follow supporters can point to iconic success stories like Roy Oswalt and Travis Hafner. But also like the Rule 5, fans tend to forget the many players signed each year who never do anything.

Minors | #2007#Column

Consolation Prize For Vandy

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Sure, a trip to the College World Series would have been nicer, but at least Vanderbilt produced just the fifth set of college teammates to go in the top 10 […]

Draft

Draft Takes Final Big Steps On TV

Will Lingo -Premium Content

For many fans, it may have been no more than an interesting footnote. Even for serious fans, it probably just rated as another notable step in the evolution of the event. But for people who have followed the baseball draft for years, the news that it will be televised this year was nothing short of revolutionary.

Minors | #2007#Column

Draft Will Be Televised

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In case you missed it, we have posted the story on BA’s main page that ESPN2 will televise the draft on June 7. Given that not too many years ago […]

Draft

Baseball Again Reacts In Hard Times

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Is it really a surprise that when it came to honoring the memory of the people who were killed in the Virginia Tech massacre, baseball got it right? While football has undoubtedly become more popular than baseball as television programming, baseball still serves as an expression of national consciousness better than any other sport.

Minors | #2007#Column

Twins No. 5 Prospect Suspended

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The commissioner’s office announced this afternoon that Twins righthander Anthony Swarzak, 21, had been suspended 50 games for testing positive for “a drug of abuse,” in violation of the minor […]

Minors | #Daily Dish

Athletics Farmhand Suspended

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The commissioner's office announced the suspension of Athletics lefthander Leonard Landeros for 50 games, effective today, for testing positive for a "drug of abuse" in violation of minor league baseball's drug prevention and treatment program.

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