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GM Searches Ignore Impact Of Talent Evaluators

Jim Callis -Premium Content

If I were running a team and looking for a GM, the No. 1 attribute I'd value would be the ability to judge talent. When it comes time to make the call on player moves, I'd want my GM to have the knowledge and experience to make intelligent, confident decisions. Yet four of the five clubs who filled GM vacancies this offseason passed on attractive in-house candidates with a proven track record of talent evaluation. None of them got beyond a perfunctory interview, if even that.

Minors | #2005#Column

Talent Goes Beyond Top 10 Lists

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Here's our annual all-star team of prospects who weren't quite good enough to make the National League Top 10 lists that have run in these pages. Last year's version included Cubs outfielder Matt Murton, who hit .343 in the minors and .321 in the majors, plus Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins and Pirates infielder Freddy Sanchez, who had solid debuts as big league regulars.

Minors | #2005#Column

Three Teams Withdraw From Northern League

J.J. Cooper -

Back in 1993, Marv Goldklang and his partners were venturing into uncharted territory. As the owners of the St. Paul Saints, they were one of six owners in the new independent Northern League, trying to prove a minor league didn't need ties to Major League Baseball to survive and thrive financially.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

There’s Nothing Like The Winter Meetings

Will Lingo -Premium Content

The Winter Meetings are a great event for anyone who enjoys baseball, what with most of the significant decision-makers in the game gathering in one place. Walking through the hotel lobby, you never know who you might run into. But the meetings are particularly enjoyable for us in the BA world because it's a chance for us to shine and see the industry on so many different levels.

Minors | #2005#Column

BA’s Work Heats Up During Offseason

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Among the games most people care about—those in the major and minor leagues in North America—you have game action for seven months out of the year. What in the heck do we do for those other five months? We crank out even more baseball information than we do the rest of the year.

Minors | #2005#Column

Ripken Machine Picks Up Steam

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Nothing Cal Ripken Jr. does off the baseball field will ever reach the stature of what he accomplished on the field, but his off-field endeavors have been much more than a retirement hobby. Ripken Baseball is the company Ripken put together after his retirement, and he has surrounded himself with capable people. Now Ripken Baseball is growing into a significant force in minor league and youth baseball, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Minors | #2005#Column

Indy Movement Harkens Back To Crazy Early Days

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Is it any wonder that so many minor league executives find independent baseball more fun than the affiliated minor leagues? Over the last couple of months, we've watched and waited—and waited and waited—as Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball try to figure out if they're going to make changes to their player-development and scouting system. Meanwhile in independent baseball, a couple of weeks ago everything was quietly moving ahead toward next season. Then the new United League suddenly started grabbing franchises away from the established Central League in Texas. And then the real indy story broke. Three longtime members of the Northern League, including the flagship St. Paul Saints franchise, announced they were leaving, for destinations unknown. Now that's what I call action.

Minors | #2005#Column

Minor League Stats Take Leap Forward

Will Lingo -Premium Content

We've been to the source and have seen the way stats were collected this season. And we were impressed. For those of you who haven't followed the minor league stat soap opera day by day, we had our third official statistician in three years this season. After Howe Sportsdata (now Sportsticker) had the contract for years, Minor League Baseball awarded it to the Sports Network for the 2004 season.

Minors | #2005#Column

Changes Should Spur Creative Ideas

Will Lingo -Premium Content

The player-development changes being pushed through by Major League Baseball have stimulated hours of discussion and debate in the halls of Baseball America. Imagine the possibilities. A scouting combine? A revamped short-season schedule? Instructional league for every team? It will change the way we cover the game, and the way you follow it. The inevitable questions we come to, though, are: Are these changes going to do what they're designed to do? Are there more ideas or different ideas that could do more? And in the end, are teams going to go for it?

Minors | #2005#Column