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Independent Audit: Sept. 7

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Independent league managers don't have much of a rooting interest in whether Monterrey or Saltillo wins the crown, but they have an intense interest in finding out which teams have been knocked out. When a Mexican League team's season is over, its players are free to sign with a U.S. club for the rest of the year. And for independent league teams in pennant races, an early August pickup could be the difference between making the playoffs and sitting home.

Minors | #2006#Independent Audit

Independent Audit: Aug. 24

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

After signing with Kalamazoo in the offseason, Ian Church has proven the Frontier League's most surprising star. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound center fielder has turned into the league's top power hitter. His 21 home runs are seven more than anyone else in the league, and three more than he had hit in the last seven seasons combined.

Minors | #2006#Independent Audit

Indy GMs Find Added Worries

J.J. Cooper -

While being the GM of a team in the affiliated minor leagues is all about ticket sales, promotions and revenues, being an independent league GM involves all those things as well as paying for worker's comp, juggling a salary cap, and being responsible for the wins and losses.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Three Teams Withdraw From Northern League

J.J. Cooper -

Back in 1993, Marv Goldklang and his partners were venturing into uncharted territory. As the owners of the St. Paul Saints, they were one of six owners in the new independent Northern League, trying to prove a minor league didn't need ties to Major League Baseball to survive and thrive financially.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Rickey Henderson Signs Indy League Contract

Kirk Kenney -

SAN DIEGO—The San Diego Surf Dawgs begin spring training Monday in Arizona as they prepare for the inaugural season of the Golden Baseball League. Manager Terry Kennedy has 32 players in camp competing for 24 spots on the independent team's roster, but Kennedy already has found a good candidate to bat leadoff: Rickey Henderson.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Indy League Notebook

J.J. Cooper -

The Golden League had planned its inaugural season to include a sprinkling of Japanese players on the rosters of its eight teams. When the league's Tijuana franchise collapsed four months before the season's first pitch, however, the league came up with an idea inspired by necessity.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit