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Goin’ Deep With Jimmie Lee Solomon

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

Ever since word started filtering out over the summer, Major League Baseball's proposed changes to the lower levels of player development have been kept curiously quiet. From the shifting of the draft to the end of June to the elimination of the complex leagues, from a defined bonus structure and signing date to longer, mandatory instructional leagues, almost no executive has been willing to speak openly about the situation. Not surprisingly, the changes were among the most hotly debated topics at the recent general managers meetings in Indian Wells, Calif. On the meetings' final day, Jimmie Lee Solomon, MLB's top executive in charge of the situation, sat down for his first extended interview about what might become the most significant alterations to player development in decades.

Majors | #2005#Column

Valentine Embraces Life In Japan

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

For a guy living 12,000 miles away, Bobby Valentine's name has come up an awful lot this season. Mentioned for managing jobs with the Devil Rays and Dodgers, and even possibly a general manager position, Valentine not only led his Chiba Lotte Marines to their first Japan Series title since 1974, but also thrust himself back front-and-center into major league conversations. Valentine sat down to talk about his Marines, the lingering lure of the majors and just what in the world BoBeer tastes like.

Majors | #2005#Column

License To Deal

Jerry Crasnick -

In "License To Deal: A Year in the Life of a Maverick Baseball Agent", longtime Baseball America columnist Jerry Crasnick chronicles the life and career of Matt Sosnick, who runs an upstart baseball agency with his partner, Paul Cobbe. (Page 3 - Getting Cory Dunlap)

Majors | #2005#Book Guide

License To Deal

Jerry Crasnick -

In "License To Deal: A Year in the Life of a Maverick Baseball Agent", longtime Baseball America columnist Jerry Crasnick chronicles the life and career of Matt Sosnick, who runs an upstart baseball agency with his partner, Paul Cobbe. (Page 2 - Draft Day)

Majors | #2005#Book Guide

License To Deal

Jerry Crasnick -

In "License To Deal: A Year in the Life of a Maverick Baseball Agent", longtime Baseball America columnist Jerry Crasnick chronicles the life and career of Matt Sosnick, who runs an upstart baseball agency with his partner, Paul Cobbe. (Page 1)

Majors | #2005#Book Guide

For Pulsipher, Down Doesn’t Mean Out

Bill Pulsipher -Premium Content

Alan Schwarz' Going Deep column is usually in question-and-answer format, but for this issue we make an exception for Bill Pulsipher—one of the spring training's biggest surprises. Here, he tells of his amazing ongoing battle with depression, one he is winning to the point that he made the Cardinals roster after not pitching in the big leagues since 2001.

Majors | #2005#Column

Blue Jays Embrace Role As Canada’s Team

Larry Millson -Premium Content

In December, the Montreal Expos, after years of speculation, left behind an uninterested Quebec to become the Washington Nationals. Then the National Hockey League, Canada's pastime, became the first North American league to lose an entire season to a work stoppage. But as spring arrives, the Blue Jays believe they are well equipped to provide a ray of hope to Canadian sports fans.

Majors | #2005#Season Preview

Selig Outlasts Critics

Tom Haudricourt -Premium Content

Ten years ago, Bud Selig was commissioner of a sport that was shut down in a labor dispute so bitter that management took the desperate measure of bringing replacement players to spring training. Ten years later, Major League Baseball is in what Selig calls a Golden Era.

Majors | #2005#Season Preview

Randolph Follows His Own Path To Top

Jerry Crasnick -Premium Content

Now that Willie Randolph finally made it with the Mets as part of general manager Omar Minaya's rainbow coalition and career development program, he has no second thoughts about his career path. And he feels no need to apologize for the lack of an Arizona Fall League stint on his resume.

Majors | #2005#Column