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Trap’s View

In his latest cartoon, Paul Trap suggests that the Cardinals took the bite right out of the Tigers in the 2006 World Series.

Majors | #2006#Trap's View

Baseball America’s Scouting Dictionary

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

It happens to everyone at Baseball America. A scout is describing a player's skills, breaking down a kid's tools and potential and mindset, and every 10 words or so starts speaking in a tongue so foreign — "chicken-winger" . . . "cankles". . . "snap dragon" — that you long for an English-to-scout dictionary. Laughs Dodgers scouting director Logan White, "My sister would ask me when I talked about my job, 'What the heck are you saying?' She had no idea." We know the same thing happens to you when you're reading BA. To appease the desperate cries, we hereby present the Baseball America Scouting Dictionary, the first time all important scouting terms have been brought together in one handy-dandy, clip-and-save resource.

Majors | #2006#Column

Rangers Organization Report

Evan Grant -Premium Content

It seems appropriate that Ben Harrison, a son of Margaritaville, has seen his rise in the Rangers organization take him to places such as the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. After all, didn't Jimmy Buffett once sing, "Got a Caribbean soul I can barely control, and some Texas hidden here in my heart?"

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Texas Rangers

Devil Rays Organization Report

Marc Topkin -Premium Content

The Devil Rays partnered with the Dodgers to expand their presence in Latin America. The organizations will share a base in the Dominican Republic. The Devil Rays also are building their own facility in Venezuela and are planning to set up a camp in Colombia. And they also are willing to be creative, which is how they ended up with Diego Echevarria, a 21-year-old knuckleballer from—of all places—Argentina.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Mariners Organization Report

Scott Hanson -Premium Content

Dave Brundage didn't see it coming. He had just managed Triple-A Tacoma to a 74-70 record in the Pacific Coast League, good for second place in the North Division. He had been in the organization for 19 years, with the five years prior to Tacoma spent as manager for Double-A San Antonio. He experienced great success in the Texas League, winning Baseball America Manager of the Year award in 2003. That came to an end when the Mariners announced Brundage's contract would not be renewed.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners

Giants Organization Report

Andy Baggarly -Premium Content

The Giants aren't shy about drafting athletes and turning them into pitchers. They might have entertained that thought when they spent a fifth-round pick on Mike McBryde, who played the outfield and served as the hard-throwing closer at Florida Atlantic. But when the Giants watched McBryde cover ground in center field, their jaws dropped—and so did any notion of putting him on the mound.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#San Francisco Giants

Padres Organization Report

John Maffei -Premium Content

With a renewed emphasis on drafting and player development in the Padres organization, it has become vital for the organization to retain its best minor league players and managers. With this goal in mind, farm director Grady Fuson extended the contract of high Class A Lake Elsinore manager Rick Renteria, whom Fuson called "an absolute gem."

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#San Diego Padres

Pirates Organization Report

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Jared Keel could have been on his way to becoming a game warden in his native Florida by now. Keel graduated with a degree in criminal justice from Troy in May and had already been accepted into the Florida Wildlife Commission's warden program. For now, though, Keel is using a bat and ball in his first job out of college, as the Pirates drafted the third baseman in the 31st round this season.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Pittsburgh Pirates