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2012 Triple-A Freitas Award Winner: Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Josh Leventhal -

It may seem hard to believe now, but success was anything but guaranteed when Joe Finley and Craig Stein bought a baseball team and moved it to Allentown, Pa. For even though the veteran minor league operators were building a new downtown ballpark that they promised would rank among the best in the minors, the Lehigh Valley area was hardly uncharted territory, and locals skeptical about supporting another team could simply point to the memory of a half-built stadium on the outskirts of town as a reminder of past failures.

Minors | #2012#Awards#Freitas Awards

Sources: Binghamton’s Double-A Club Will Move To Ottawa

Josh Leventhal -

Despite public assurances by its owner that the team is not on the move, several baseball sources say the Eastern League's Binghamton Mets are the team that has been targeted for a renovated ballpark in Ottawa. Binghamton hopes to keep minor league baseball in town, however, with a short-season New York-Penn League franchise. Sources said city officials have already inquired about purchasing the Batavia Muckdogs.

Minors | #2012#Business Beat

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Where will blockbuster trade acquisitions rank on the Marlins Top 10? What shape is the Blue Jays system in after the deal? Could Anthony Rendon crack the Nationals lineup in 2013 if he stays healthy?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Which young shortstop prospect has the most offensive upside: Carlos Correa (Astros), Adalberto Mondesi (Royals), Roman Quinn (Phillies), Addison Russell (Athletics) or Corey Seager (Dodgers)? Could the Cardinals or Blue Jays put together a package to entice the Rangers to trade Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar? How good is Padres righthander Kevin Quackenbush?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA