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Tough Sledding Ahead

Josh Leventhal -

Minor league baseball has been on a record rise in the post-Bull Durham era, as the sport's popularity has sparked five straight seasons of attendance records that have also seen soaring franchise values and record merchandise sales. More than 43 million people attended minor league games in 2008, as 78 of the sport's 160 teams saw an increase at the gate from the previous season. This year's Winter Meetings will be accompanied with something unfamiliar in recent years: reason for concern.

Minors | #2008#Business Beat

AquaSox Sold

Josh Leventhal -

  The Carfagna family has sold short-season Everett to the ownership group 7th Inning Stretch, a California-based company that also owns Rookie-level Delmarva and high Class A Stockton. This from […]

Minors | #Business Beat

Party Poopers

Josh Leventhal -

  Looks like Double-A Connecticut took the surprise out of Double-A Carolina’s player-development contract press conference tomorrow by announcing that the Defenders will once again be a Giants affiliate. That […]

Minors | #Business Beat

Triple-A Set For 2009

Josh Leventhal -

This morning’s festivities in Buffalo will complete the player development shuffle on the Triple-A level. The Bisons will welcome the Mets to town amid much fanfare, with New York governor […]

Minors | #Business Beat

Rumors Become Reality

Josh Leventhal -

  Before we get to player-development shuffle updates, I just saw that Major League Baseball is relocating the Civil Rights Game from Memphis to Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark in June. […]

Minors | #Business Beat