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Initial CBA Reaction Was Overheated

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Nov. 22, 2011, will be remembered as a great day in baseball history. On that day Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced a five-year renewal of their Collective Bargaining Agreement, assuring baseball of more than 20 years of continuous labor peace. You might not have known that had you followed the news on Twitter that day.

Minors | #2012#Column

Minor League General Manager Moves Are Significant Too

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While minor league general manager moves don't affect as many people, they're just as important in the life of your favorite franchise. A minor league GM doesn't have anything to say about the makeup of his team's roster, but he has much more to say about your ballpark experience as a minor league fan.

Minors | #2011#Column

2011 Texas League Top 20 Prospects With Scouting Reports

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San Antonio dominated the Double-A Texas League from start to finish in 2011, posting 94 regular-season wins and going 6-1 in the playoffs to take the league title. The Missions also had a wealth of talent, with standouts like righthander Casey Kelly and third baseman James Darnell to start the season. After they were promoted, Jedd Gyorko replaced Darnell at third base and pitchers Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland moved from Frisco to San Antonio when the Rangers traded for Padres reliever Mike Adams.

Minors | #2011#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings

Bottom Of Indy Ball Keeps Churning

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A radio announcer resigns on the air because he hasn't been paid. A team owner who has served time in prison is removed from an ownership group so the team can move forward with its plans to be the centerpiece of a reality show. A league actually exists with teams in Maui, Calgary, suburban Chicago and Texas. In other words, it's just another year in independent baseball.

Minors | #2011#Column

Futures Game Was An Idea Whose Time Had Come

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At this point we take the Futures Game for granted, and we have come to expect 50 of the game's best prospects to gather each year in an exhibition of their premium skills. Those of us who have been around for awhile, however, remember a time when it just wasn't so.

Minors | #2011#Column

Passion Shows In College Coverage

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It's an exceedingly busy time on the sports calendar, what with the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals and the Gold Cup all going on at the same time. But at the beginning of June, we at Baseball America are occupied with much more important things: namely, the college baseball postseason and a little thing called the draft.

Minors | #2011#Column

Experts Draft 2.0

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With the draft coming up on Monday, we wanted to take yet another look at how the first round might unfold, this time if four of our draft experts were making the calls. This isn't a projection of how the first round will play out, but rather who editor John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and assistant editors Conor Glassey and Nathan Rode would prefer for picks 1-33. We changed the order up from our original experts draft, and the four experts alternated choices throughout the first round while taking into account each club's needs and financial situation.

Draft | #2011#2011 draft#Draft Preview