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MLB Changes Open Opportunities

Will Lingo -

There's one person in particular who, in my opinion, has never received the credit she deserves in the baseball industry. Her name is Sylvia Lind, and she has the rather generic title of director of baseball operations initiatives.

Minors | #2012#Column

How The Top 10 Should Shake Out

Jim Callis -Premium Content

With less than two weeks before the draft, the teams at the top still were zeroing in on whom they should take. While this draft crop pales in comparison to 2011's, there are talented players. We take a look at who should go where.

Minors | #2012#Column

Chase Changed Lives As A Scout

John Manuel -Premium Content

If you worked in baseball in Arkansas in the last 30 years, chances are you met Larry Chase, and chances are you remembered the conversation. According to all who knew him, Chase was memorable for his sincerity, authenticity and passions for family, faith, cars—and baseball.

College | #2012#Column

Drains Makes A Name For Himself

John Manuel -

R.A. Dickey, like virtually every big league knuckleballer, turned to the pitch as a last resort, only after all other options for being a viable big leaguer failed. Jackson State righthander Quintavious Drains throws the knuckleball for a different reason, though. The senior hopes the knuckleball eventually can be a consistent part of his repertoire as a change-of-pace pitch, to help him honor the memory of Darrin Brooks, his friend who introduced him to the pitch.

College | #2012#Column

For Scout Jack Powell Lightning Struck Twice

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Jack Powell entered scouting as a bird dog for the Reds in 1974. Though he helped land Tom Browning as a part-timer in 1982, he still hadn't claimed a big leaguer all his own when he visited Chipola (Fla.) JC in the spring of 2000. Little did he realize he was about to see the most talented player he would ever scout.

Minors | #2012#Column

Fixing The Minors Feature Reminds That Game’s In Good Shape

Will Lingo -Premium Content

We're always dreaming up ways we think we could make things better, or thinking about how much happier life would be if we were in charge, so our 10 ideas to improve the minors was a fun feature to put together and led to a lot of discussion in the office. What it also highlighted, however, was that the minor leagues are in pretty darn good shape.

Minors | #2012#Column