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Indy GMs Find Added Worries

J.J. Cooper -

While being the GM of a team in the affiliated minor leagues is all about ticket sales, promotions and revenues, being an independent league GM involves all those things as well as paying for worker's comp, juggling a salary cap, and being responsible for the wins and losses.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Three Teams Withdraw From Northern League

J.J. Cooper -

Back in 1993, Marv Goldklang and his partners were venturing into uncharted territory. As the owners of the St. Paul Saints, they were one of six owners in the new independent Northern League, trying to prove a minor league didn't need ties to Major League Baseball to survive and thrive financially.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Rickey Henderson Signs Indy League Contract

Kirk Kenney -

SAN DIEGO—The San Diego Surf Dawgs begin spring training Monday in Arizona as they prepare for the inaugural season of the Golden Baseball League. Manager Terry Kennedy has 32 players in camp competing for 24 spots on the independent team's roster, but Kennedy already has found a good candidate to bat leadoff: Rickey Henderson.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Indy League Notebook

J.J. Cooper -

The Golden League had planned its inaugural season to include a sprinkling of Japanese players on the rosters of its eight teams. When the league's Tijuana franchise collapsed four months before the season's first pitch, however, the league came up with an idea inspired by necessity.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Indy League Notebook

J.J. Cooper -

When it comes to wacky promotions—the kind that generate plenty of publicity, raise eyebrows and ultimately bring fans through the gates—the independent leagues have always been willing to push the envelope.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Indy League Notebook

J.J. Cooper -

The Sioux City Explorers (Northern) sold a pair of righthanders, Tony Evans and Mitch Wylie, to affiliated clubs in the span of four days. Evans signed with the Athletics, who sent him to Class A Kane County, while the Giants signed Mitch Wylie and sent him to Triple-A Fresno.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Indy League Notebook

J.J. Cooper -

For a couple of days, the Camden Riversharks managed to put together a 2004 draft class that would make any scouting director happy. When righthander Jared Weaver joined shortstop Stephen Drew on the Riversharks roster, Camden became the only pro club to have two of last year's top 15 picks on its roster.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Upstart League Mines For Gold

J.J. Cooper -

For a league that has yet to play its first game, the Golden Baseball League has been on a roll. The new independent league that began as a class project at Stanford Business School has managed to make itself the most viable startup league to try to give independent league baseball a try in several years.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Indy League Notebook

J.J. Cooper -

Just two years ago, the Atlantic League's Pennsylvania Road Warriors fielded a team where Spanish was spoken in the clubhouse nearly as often as English. Now the Latin American influence is disappearing as independent teams find it harder to secure visas for foreign players.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit