Stories Making Headlines Around The Minors
• The Vero Beach Devil Rays have yet to catch on to the Dodgers’ tradition. Fans don’t seem to be welcoming the new affiliate at the gate.
• The Scranton Times Tribune follows up on an earlier report questioning why Lackwanna County isn’t getting more for their Triple-A team in a pending deal with Mandalay and the Yankees.
• It’s Dollar Night tonight in Syracuse, with everything from tickets to hot dogs costing just 60 cents, and the Chiefs are hoping the promotion will provide a lift to sagging attendance figures.
• For a state without a major league team, New Jersey is drawing a lot of attention as Roger Clemens (Trenton) and Ryan Howard (Lakewood) make rehab appearances this week. The teams’ cash registers are the main beneficiaries.
• Last year Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson graced minor league ballparks with a revival tour. This summer fans can blast back to the 90s with a “Triple Play Tour” featuring the Counting Crows, Live and Collective Soul. Third Eye Blind will make a few appearances as well. So, as Adam from the Counting Crows writes on elitestv.com: “So if you live in Pawtucket, Rhode Island or Fargo, North Dakota or Sedalia, Missouri or Sauget, Illinois or any of the other 20 or so yards we’ll be playing this summer, then we’ll see you there. If not, get in the car and take a drive.”
• Hank Aaron’s hometown of Mobile is dealing with the impending loss of its title as the home of the home run king.
• Former Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams makes a stop on the speaker’s circuit, offering some words of wisdom at Iona College’s graduation.
• The Detroit News examines exactly what happens when a player is designated for assignment.