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Working Wonders

Conor Glassey -

In today's age, the minor league teams drawing the most fans are typically those with the newest ballparks. That's not the case with the Birmingham Barons. Sure, Regions Park is newer than the stadium they left, but that can be said of every ballpark in America. After all, Rickwood Field is the oldest standing ballpark in the country.

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Packing Them In

Matt Eddy -

It's a tried and true recipe for success: Take a town hungry for baseball, give it a consistent winner in a beautiful, new ballpark and then sit back and watch the turnstiles spin. The Greeneville Astros have followed the plan to a tee in their five seasons in the Rookie-level Appalachian League, consistently providing a high-quality product while annually leading the league in attendance, two key reasons why they are the 2008 short-season winners of the Freitas Award.

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Freitas Award: Short-Season

Matt Eddy -

In their five seasons in the Rookie-level Appalachian League, the Greeneville Astros have consistently provided a high-quality product while annually leading the league in attendance, two key reasons why they are the 2008 short-season winners of the Freitas Award.

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Frisco Won With Prospects

Kary Booher -

At the Texas League all-star game in late June, shortstop Elvis Andrus seemed not far from becoming a one-man army at Double-A Frisco. The first half of the season had been full of stars and then promotions for the Rangers affiliate. One by one prospects advanced on to Triple-A Oklahoma, some on to the major leagues: Catcher Taylor Teagarden and outfielder John Mayberry departed in April. Within a three-week span just ahead of the all-star game, lefthander Matt Harrison, first baseman Chris Davis and catcher Max Ramirez followed suit.

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Minor League All-Star Team

Matt Eddy -

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters headlines our annual team of top prospect performers by position. League MVPs Logan Morrison (Florida State) and Kila Ka'aihue (Texas) also check in, as does South Atlantic League pitcher of the year and minor league ERA champion Madison Bumgarner.

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Perseverance Pays Off For Osprey

Jim Shonerd -

Stable and committed are two adjectives that aptly describe the Missoula Osprey franchise in the Pioneer League and its ownership, the Ellis family. But they're more than just words, they're qualities that have been put to the test since the franchise came to Montana eight years ago.

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