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Exhibition Games Give Boost To Minors

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Spring training is nearly here, but it's not just about six weeks in Florida or Arizona. Another less noticeable part is the announcement of the exhibition games that usually wrap up spring training. Exhibition games are a fun corner of March (or early April) baseball, usually an effort to throw a bone to a minor league affiliate as the major league team heads north to start its season.

Minors | #2010#Column

Giants Are At The Top Of The Draft Class

Jim Callis -Premium Content

We grade every draft from 2005-08 in the new Prospect Handbook, and no team outdid San Francisco's 3.50 GPA. Vice president of player personnel Dick Tidrow ran those first three efforts, with scouting director John Barr coming aboard in 2008.

Minors | #2010#Column

Rule 5 Draft Is Becoming An Afterthought

John Manuel -Premium Content

How much of an afterthought is the Rule 5 draft these days? Well, during the 2009 Winter Meetings, the minor leagues were based in one hotel, major league executives and media in another, and the trade show was in the convention center, basically in the middle. The Rule 5 was in a third hotel next door, sort of off to the side, where little other Winter Meetings activity transpired.

College | #2009#Column

Building Boom Has Been Replaced By Sharing

John Manuel -Premium Content

The building boom in college baseball looks to be over, thanks to less demand—most of the programs that want or need new ballparks have gotten them—but also thanks to the economy. It's just harder to raise money now than it was even two years ago, and it's much harder to borrow the kind of money needed to build large facilities.

College | #2009#Column

Offseason Brings Uncertainty For Scouts

John Manuel -Premium Content

Most scouts' contracts expire at the end of October (the end of the season in most years). So the anxiety is ramped up, as scouts have less to do in the fall, more time to think about their job security and more time to network to be ready just in case something happens.

College | #2009#Column

New Draft Almanac Has Many Surprises

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Perhaps it's a disease that afflicts us after we've been at Baseball America a long time. Looking at draft list after draft list after draft list, what we usually find is that we wish we had more time to look at more draft lists.

Minors | #2009#Column