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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

Business Beat: Sept. 15

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Don't mistake the quiet to mean that nothing is going on. The end of the minor league season meant that many affiliation agreements between major and minor league teams have officially come to an end. Player-development contracts—the official name of the documents that bind a major league and minor league team together—run in two-year increments, so this is the year when unhappy couples can look for greener pastures.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

Business Beat: Aug. 23

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Documents obtained by the Springdale Morning News provided details on a 20-year lease between the Wranglers and the city of Springdale. The only point of negotiation was whether the baseball team will retain the rights to rent out the ballpark during the offseason, or whether the city will own those rights. When that final detail is worked out, the Wranglers are aiming to move to Springdale for the 2008 season.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat