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Nothing’s Permanent In Minor Leagues

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You learn over the years is that, just like in life, no relationship is permanent. I never would have thought the Rochester Red Wings would dump the Orioles, but that happened in 2002. I never thought the Yankees would leave Columbus, but that's just what they did in 2006. And I certainly never could have imagined living in a world that didn't have an Orioles affiliate in Bluefield, but that's the brave new world we'll see after this season.

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More Signing Updates

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Again, we will get more information through the night and continue to update, but here's the latest: –The Red Sox signed supplemental first-round pick Anthony Ranaudo for $2.55 million. That's […]

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And The Flood Begins

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We'll have more detail on these through the night and into tomorrow, but here's what we're hearing right now on players other than Bryce Harper: –The Rockies signed first-round pick […]

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Tigers Go Big To Sign Castellanos

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The Tigers, never afraid to shell out big money to bring in premium draft talent, signed supplemental first-rounder Nick Castellanos for $3.45 million, a record for a pick outside the […]

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Dodgers, Marlins Sign First-Rounders

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Baseball America's Jim Callis has confirmed that the Dodgers signed first-round pick Zack Lee just before the signing deadline. Lee's status as a premium high school righthander and one of […]

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Never A Better Time For Twitter

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In case you have been holding out against the genius/evil that is Twitter, draft signing day is a great time to give in. Every member of the BA editorial strike […]

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Tampa Gets Big Boost From ‘Bachelorette’

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Joe Urso played at the University of Tampa, becoming an eighth-round pick in 1992 and playing six seasons in the minor leagues. He has been the head coach there for 10 seasons, so he's well acquainted with the school's baseball history, which includes five Division II national championships. But when his phone rings these days, it's just as likely to be a call about an obscure former player as it is to be about the baseball program.

Minors | #2010#Column

Civil Rights Game Becomes Major League Hit

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Because of the depth of its history, baseball can do things that no other sport can do. So when these things actually get done, we should celebrate. One of these things is the Civil Right Game, which completed its fourth edition in May and just announced plans to move to Atlanta for the next two years.

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Futures Game: World

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The 25-man roster for the World team in the Futures Game. Major League Baseball and Baseball America work with the 30 major league clubs to determine rosters for the annual All-Star Futures Game, a matchup of top minor league prospects played the Sunday before the major league All-Star Game. This year's event is July 11 in Anaheim. The game features a United States-World matchup, with two 25-man rosters made up of 10 pitchers, two catchers, four corner infielders, four middle infielders and five outfielders.

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Futures Game: United States

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The 25-man roster for the U.S. team in the Futures Game. Major League Baseball and Baseball America work with the 30 major league clubs to determine rosters for the annual All-Star Futures Game, a matchup of top minor league prospects played the Sunday before the major league All-Star Game. This year's event is July 11 in Anaheim. The game features a United States-World matchup, with two 25-man rosters made up of 10 pitchers, two catchers, four corner infielders, four middle infielders and five outfielders.

Minors | #2010#Futures Game

Middle Age May Be Best Age For Baseball Draft

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The baseball draft is squarely in middle age at 45 years old, and yet in many ways it feels like it's just starting to come into its own. The past decade has seen a number of huge developments in draft history, aside from the talent that teams found each June. Here are the 10 we found the most significant:

Minors | #2010#Column

The BA Draft

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To provide another perspective on this year's draft, we gathered three of our draft experts—editor John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and assistant editor Conor Glassey—and allowed them to make their own selections. This isn't a prediction of how the first round will unfold, but rather what would happen if our lead draft writers were in charge of each team's scouting department.

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