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Minor League Umps Wait Years For Their Big Call

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Hope springs eternal in spring training, and it's a special moment in every player's career when he finds out he has made the big league club for the first time. Most of these players have labored in the minor leagues for three or four seasons, and making the leap to the major leagues represents reaching the apex of their vocation. So imagine what the call to the big leagues would feel like if you had labored in the minors for eight, 10 or even 15 years.

Minors | #2011#Column

Hot Stove League Still A Great Event

Will Lingo -Premium Content

A Hot Stove League banquet does more than just keep your fire for baseball burning through a long, cold winter. When done right, a Hot Stove League can remind you of everything that's good about baseball and leave you feeling good about not only the game but also life in general.

Minors | #2011#Column

Arizona State Would Be Loaded Under Different Rules

Jim Callis -Premium Content

No one worries about the state of Arizona State's lineup. The Sun Devils made their second straight College World Series appearance last year while leading the Pacific-10 Conference in most hitting categories. They've placed four hitters on our preseason All-America teams. But if baseball paralleled football and players had to spend three years in college before turning pro, Arizona State's offense might be historic rather than merely formidable.

Minors | #2011#Column

Minors Jump Into Social Media Fray

Will Lingo -Premium Content

If 2010 was the year that social media became something every minor league team felt obligated to at least try, then 2011 will be the year that it becomes a mainstream offering, right up there with outfield signs and the dizzy bat race.

Minors | #2011#Column