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Business Beat: Oct. 31

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Artificial turf, once the miracle cure for stadiums across the country, is quickly heading toward extinction at the minor league level. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (International) have already gone forward with plans to roll up their carpet and replace it with grass for the 2007 season. The Wichita Wranglers (Texas), who play on a turf infield and a grass outfield, will leave for Springdale, Ark., before the 2008 season. And now the Syracuse SkyChiefs (International) are looking to replace their turf with grass as well.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Will teams be more willing to punt their first-round picks? Will the new compensation system have much of an effect on the free-agent market? How good is White Sox lefty Heath Phillips?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Prospect Pulse: Sept. 24

Chris Kline -Premium Content

As the Arizona Fall League celebrates its 15th year of providing the very best in prospect action, the crop this season is again chock full of the top players in every organization. Ten players headed to the desert played at the Futures Game in Pittsburgh, and as of the midway mark of the minor league season in 2006, 46 2005 AFL alumni already had reached the big leagues.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Pulse