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Stepping Up

Josh Leventhal -

Barack Obama and John McCain are not the only ones courting the Hispanic demographic as their campaigns for the White House churn into gear this summer. Minor league baseball teams across the country, always in search of adding another layer to their fan base, have also been going out of their way to make sure that this ever-expanding slice of America feels at home at the ballpark. As professional baseball continues to become more and more diverse on the field, minor league teams are trying to ensure the faces in the stands follow suit.

Minors | #2008#Business Beat

Dr. Seuss Strikes Back

Josh Leventhal -

Controversial promotions are nothing new to minor league baseball. Vasectomy Night in Charleston—all male fans were eligible to win a free snip—was not well-received and canceled without a single neuter. […]

Minors | #Business Beat

PDC Update

Josh Leventhal -

The Pirates and Triple-A Indianapolis agreed yesterday to extend their player development contract four years through the 2012 season, bringing the number of International League clubs whose contracts expire after […]

Minors | #Business Beat

Reds Go West

Josh Leventhal -

The Reds’ exodus from its longtime Florida spring training home to Arizona was finalized on Monday evening, when the city of Goodyear agreed to finance a $33 million ballpark project. […]

Minors | #Business Beat

Fix-It-Upper

Josh Leventhal -

Naomi Silver hardly thinks of Batavia as a reclamation project. The Rochester Red Wings chief operating officer instead views her team's new relationship with the Muckdogs, their neighbor in upstate New York, as an investment that will prove profitable for two of minor league baseball's most venerable teams.

Minors | #2008#Business Beat