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Freitas Awards Try To Spotlight Minors Top Operators

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On the Website, you'll notice some awards that you're used to seeing a little bit later in the year, or perhaps that you've never noticed before at all. What they represent is, quite simply, the best of the minor leagues. And we're hoping that by giving our minor league awards a bigger stage, we can shine a brighter light on the people who are responsible for making the minors as successful as they have become.

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Dowd’s Move Shows Line Between Affiliated And Indy Ball Is Blurring

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With as much rhetoric as has been tossed around between the affiliated and independent minor leagues over the past decade, it has been a pleasant change to see the two parties settle into a quiet detente. It seems baseball executives have figured out there are enough baseball fans for everyone, and the groups might actually be able to learn from each other. Why, you might even see people from independent teams at the Winter Meetings in December. Just don't tell anyone.

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Texas League Top 20 Prospects List

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The Double-A Texas League had plenty of talent this season, most of it concentrated among four teams. While Tulsa (six players on this Top 20 list), Corpus Christi (four), Midland and Wichita (three each) had a host of interesting players on their rosters, the prospects were sparse at other league stops. The talent also showed on the field, as those four teams made the playoffs, with Corpus Christi beating Wichita in the championship series.

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Texas League Top 20 Prospects

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The Double-A Texas League had plenty of talent this season, most of it concentrated among four teams. While Tulsa (six players on this Top 20 list), Corpus Christi (four), Midland and Wichita (three each) had a host of interesting players on their rosters, the prospects were sparse at other league stops. The talent also showed on the field, as those four teams made the playoffs, with Corpus Christi beating Wichita in the championship series.

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Triple-A Changes Start Off Shuffle

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It's official: Three of the longest-standing affiliations in the minor leagues are coming to an end in the International League, with the announcements of new player-development agreements in Columbus and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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More Teams Hooking Up

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The Padres win the battle for San Antonio, while the shuffle in the New York-Penn League ends, and the Dodgers will be the major league affiliate for the new Great Lakes franchise in the Midwest League.

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Mets, Orioles Complete Triple-A Movement

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Completing the affiliation movement in Triple-A, the Mets announced a two-year player-development contract with New Orleans, while the Orioles will take over in Norfolk. Also, the Pirates completed an expected move when they announced their short-season affiliation will switch to State College next season.

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Shuffling Officially Starts

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Up to now we've just had rumors flying, but now affiliation changes are officially being announced. First up, the Royals are returning their high Class A affiliation to Wilmington after two years at High Desert. Next, Triple-A starts to shake out with Columbus hooking up with the Nationals.

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Let The Madness Begin

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The minor league affiliation shuffle gets under way on Saturday, but the stories are already breaking. First, the Blue Jays are getting out of the Appalachian League, and second, local media in Pennsylvania are reporting that the Yankees will move their Triple-A affiliation to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Baseball Helps New Orleans Bounce Back

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The effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast was disastrous. The governmental response was outrageous. But a year after the hurricane, the power of baseball is helping to heal the wounds in Louisiana. The New Orleans Zephyrs (Pacific Coast) just concluded their season and actually showed an increase in attendance over 2005. After serving as a staging area for relief efforts in the days after Katrina, Zephyr Field will come out in better shape than it was in before the storm. And the team not only provided Tulane with a place to play this spring while the Green Wave's stadium was being rebuilt, but it also spearheaded a number of fund-raising efforts to help the recovery.

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Calm Before The Storm

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Every two years, major and minor league teams can seek new affiliation agreements, and that process is getting under way now. Baseball America tells you how things are lining up in advance of the market opening up on Sept. 16.

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