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Polk’s Softer Side

John Manuel -Premium Content

Ron Polk's career was so rich, it took two John Manuel columns to encapsulate it. This one focuses on Polk's career that has little to do with the NCAA—in other words, the part Polk won't talk about.

College | #2008#Column

Keep On Changing

Will Lingo -Premium Content

A couple of features in this year's Minor League Preview really highlight, at least to me, how much the minor leagues have changed over the last decade and a half.

Minors | #2008#Column

Some Stars Lack Top 100 Pedigree

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Jorge Posada probably won't make the Hall of Fame, but he can make a case for Cooperstown. A five-time all-star and four-time World Series champion, he's also aging more gracefully than most catchers, having put up a career-high .969 on-base-plus slugging percentage at age 35 last season. Not bad for someone who never made our Top 100 Prospects list.

Minors | #2008#Column

More To The Story In Braves’ Move

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Minor league baseball's age of prosperity has meant stability for most of its franchises. When a team does move, the reasons usually aren't overwhelmingly interesting. A ballpark has gotten old or a market has become unattractive, and the team seeks greener pastures elsewhere.

Minors | #2008#Column

Gems Among The Almosts

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Here is our annual all-star team of American League prospects who couldn't make the Top 10 cut. The squad has featured star-in-the-making Howie Kendrick (2004) and stud lefty Jake McGee (2006) in the past, while last year's edition included Chris Davis, who ranked second in the minors in homers (36) and RBIs (118) last year.

Minors | #2008#Column