AFL Feature: Chip Cannon
Chip Cannon lights up the AFL.
Chip Cannon lights up the AFL.
Which free agents will require compensation this offseason? Can teams still sign draft-and-follows from the 2006 draft now that the rules have changed? What's the range of bonuses for DFEs?
The St. Paul Saints have been the flagship franchise of independent baseball for more than a decade thanks to their emphasis on fun.
A move from Class A to Triple-A has paid off with increased fan support for the Durham Bulls.
From the very first game at Blair County Ballpark, the Altoona Curve has been a success story. The club drew 6,171 fans that first night in 1999, despite frigid temperatures and intermittent rain, and finished the season drawing 323,932 fans.
An emphasis on the fan experience has helped Daytona show massive attendance gains over the past five years.
From their first game in 2002, it was clear the Aberdeen IronBirds were a special operation, but in the months leading up to that Opening Day in the short-season New York-Penn League, it was hard to imagine the kind of success the IronBirds would have.
A pair of Yankees pitching prospects are adjusting to pro ball in Alaska.
On the Website, you'll notice some awards that you're used to seeing a little bit later in the year, or perhaps that you've never noticed before at all. What they represent is, quite simply, the best of the minor leagues. And we're hoping that by giving our minor league awards a bigger stage, we can shine a brighter light on the people who are responsible for making the minors as successful as they have become.
Which was more surprising? That baseball got a new Collective Bargaining Agreement ahead of schedule and without rancor, or that it included actual changes to the draft rules? Since an arbitrator ruled in 1992 that the draft can't be altered without the union's approval, modifications have been as rare as the Pirates having a winning season.
When the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was announced and included Rule 5 draft alterations, let's just say that not everyone on the field in the Arizona Fall League was thrilled. The AFL, which serves as not only a finishing school for each club's top prospects, but also as a combine for pro scouts to get a look at players eligible for December's Rule 5 Draft, took a hit this year with the changes to the CBA.
Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler is impressing managers around Hawaii Winter Baseball.
Cardinals outfielder Amaury Cazana-Marti sits down to talk about his defection from Cuba and his slow acclimation to life in the States.
Marlins farmhand Jeff Allison finds more trouble with the law.
The Vero Beach Dodgers are leaving town, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are staying—at least for the time being.
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.
Donnie Veal explains his post-baseball plans, why he has two curveballs and how slowing down could speed his development.
There is no question whether Brewers' third baseman Ryan Braun will hit for average and huge power, but can he stay on the left side of the infield? That's the question we posed to a veteran National League scout.
Mark Reynolds never had a problem getting seen as a college player at Virginia, and he's blosssoming in the D-Backs' system.
A huge final notebook leading off with Astros outfielder Hunter Pence, who is proving himself defensively.