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Phillies Move Could Start Scramble

Will Lingo -Premium Content

The instability surrounding the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, which we've written about several times in the past couple of years, looks like it will finally cost the club its most valuable asset after the 2006 season: the affiliation with the Phillies.

Minors | #2006#Column

Fisher Cats Finally Feel At Home

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Shawn Smith wasn't able to chat. He was heading into a luncheon sponsored by a local civic organization and had to get through security. Every minor league general manager in America spends a good number of his afternoons at similar luncheons. Not many have to go through security first, but then again, not many get to see the President as their featured speaker.

Minors | #2006#Column

Online Studies Give Players More Options

Will Lingo -Premium Content

The story of Roland Hemond's career is one that would make even Horatio Alger blush. Hemond's path to becoming one of baseball's most respected executives involves a stint in the Coast Guard, a chance spring training meeting with a man who was blinded by mustard gas in World War I, and a foot in the door with a minor league club in Hartford, Conn., in 1951.

Minors | #2006#Column

2005 Arizona Fall League Preview

Chris Kline -

This is the 14th season for the Arizona Fall League, Major League Baseball's domestic, developmental league for prospects. In many ways, it's the ultimate Baseball America league, with rosters bulging with many of the best young players in the game today. Let's take a look at the top players on each team, broken down by the following categories: Best Pitching Prospect, Best Position Prospect, Emerging Player, and a player who is bouncing back—either from injury or who has come to the AFL to get more work and experience after a down year.

Minors | #2005#Arizona Fall League#Winter Baseball

2005 Manager Of The Year: Ken Oberkfell

Chris Kline -

Ken Oberkfell led Norfolk to a 79-65 record, winning the IL's South Division by 14 games in his rookie season in Triple-A. The club bowed out in the first round of the playoffs, but took eventual champion Toledo to a deciding fifth game before doing so. His openness, experience and the outstanding job he did this season in Norfolk make him Baseball America's Manager of the Year.

Minors | #2005#Awards#Manager Of The Year

Business Beat

Will Lingo -Premium Content

In 1967, two minor league teams broke camp to begin their respective seasons. The Reading Phillies left Clearwater, Fla., for their home in Pennsylvania, a red brick stadium nestled against sloping hills. The Lakeland Tigers stayed right where they were: in the stadium where the parent club had just left spring training. This April the scene will repeat itself, as the Phillies' Double-A squad heads to its Eastern League home, while the Tigers' high Class A team stays in Lakeland as a member of the Florida State League for the 40th time.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

Business Beat

Will Lingo -Premium Content

At the Syracuse SkyChiefs' (International) annual stockholders meeting in November, SkyChiefs board chairman Charlie Rich said one of the team's main priorities was ending its long-running feud with Onondaga County over the team's lease at Alliance Bank Stadium.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

Business Beat

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Tim Bennett spent five years trying to bring affiliated baseball to the Jackson, Miss., area, an effort that eventually paid off with the arrival of the Mississippi Braves last season. Now, he'll see what he can do in Jackson, Tenn.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

Business Beat

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Deadlines came and went, but in the end the opportunity to place a team in Skylands Park was enough of a prize to the Can-Am League to be worth shuffling their schedule. The league added a Sussex County team, which hasn't been named yet, in early January. A week later, the Elmira Pioneers, who finished last in the league in attendance in 2005 (1,207 fans a game), shut down for 2006, handing their schedule over to the new team.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

Prospect Pulse: Rule 5 Draft Wrapup

Chris Kline -Premium Content

For as humdrum as the Rule 5 draft was this year, there were a few interesting players who now find themselves under the pressure of staying on the big league roster all season. Only 12 players were chosen in the major league phase, with the Marlins taking advantage to further add pieces to their rebuilding process.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Pulse