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Bottom Of Indy Ball Keeps Churning

Will Lingo -Premium Content

A radio announcer resigns on the air because he hasn't been paid. A team owner who has served time in prison is removed from an ownership group so the team can move forward with its plans to be the centerpiece of a reality show. A league actually exists with teams in Maui, Calgary, suburban Chicago and Texas. In other words, it's just another year in independent baseball.

Minors | #2011#Column

MLB’s Amateur Attitude Is Baffling

Jim Callis -Premium Content

MLB has a double standard when it comes to signing amateur talent. Though the draft has proven to be a bargain in talent acquisition and the rampant inflation of bonuses has been curtailed, the commissioner's office continues to try to cut costs. At the same time, international bonuses have exploded and MLB lets the international market go unchecked.

Minors | #2011#Column

Futures Game Was An Idea Whose Time Had Come

Will Lingo -Premium Content

At this point we take the Futures Game for granted, and we have come to expect 50 of the game's best prospects to gather each year in an exhibition of their premium skills. Those of us who have been around for awhile, however, remember a time when it just wasn't so.

Minors | #2011#Column

Teams Seldom Hit On Top Two Picks

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Trevor Bauer and Archie Bradley may cost Arizona a combined $10 million to sign. Their ceilings are that high, so high that it's not out of the question that they could develop into the best pair of top choices in draft history—a standard currently held by a duo whose bonuses totaled what a pick in a double-digit round might get these days.

Minors | #2011#Column

Ninth In SEC Doesn’t Earn Reward

John Manuel -Premium Content

The first years after the NCAA Tournament jumped from 48 to 64 teams, the Division I baseball committee usually gave the benefit of the doubt to teams from the North, as well as teams that finished high in conferences outside of the traditional power leagues. This year, the committee went back a bit to its turn-of-the-century roots.

College | #2011#Column

Passion Shows In College Coverage

Will Lingo -Premium Content

It's an exceedingly busy time on the sports calendar, what with the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals and the Gold Cup all going on at the same time. But at the beginning of June, we at Baseball America are occupied with much more important things: namely, the college baseball postseason and a little thing called the draft.

Minors | #2011#Column