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Business Beat: May 23

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Going back to the days when Branch Rickey built the game's first farm system for the St. Louis Cardinals, minor league teams' primary focus has been on developing players. The Slippery Rock Sliders, an expansion team in the independent Frontier League, are putting a new spin on that idea.

Minors | #2007#Business Beat

The Business Front

Josh Leventhal -

Stories Making Headlines Around the Minors . . . • Triple-A Colorado Springs senior vice president Rai Henniger was in critical condition late Saturday after an explosion while he was […]

Minors | #Business Beat

Business Beat: May 4

Josh Leventhal -Premium Content

Randy Newsom's funky, submarine delivery is enough to make him unusual, but something else he does on the side makes the Indians prospect truly stand out among his fellow minor leaguers. Newsom, a righthanded reliever for high Class A Kinston, is one of three industrious minor leaguers who work together in a business that humbly began during a Carolina League rain delay in 2005.

Minors | #2007#Business Beat

Business Beat: April 5

Josh Leventhal -Premium Content

The spring marks the culmination of a busy season for equipment manufacturers and salesmen. After spending the fall and winter lining up contracts for everything ranging from gloves and bats to spikes and hats, promotions and marketing representatives hit the Grapefruit and Cactus league trails toting bags of goodies big enough to put Santa Claus to shame.

Minors | #2007#Business Beat

Business Beat: Oct. 31

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Artificial turf, once the miracle cure for stadiums across the country, is quickly heading toward extinction at the minor league level. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (International) have already gone forward with plans to roll up their carpet and replace it with grass for the 2007 season. The Wichita Wranglers (Texas), who play on a turf infield and a grass outfield, will leave for Springdale, Ark., before the 2008 season. And now the Syracuse SkyChiefs (International) are looking to replace their turf with grass as well.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat