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Nothing’s Permanent In Minor Leagues

Will Lingo -Premium Content

You learn over the years is that, just like in life, no relationship is permanent. I never would have thought the Rochester Red Wings would dump the Orioles, but that happened in 2002. I never thought the Yankees would leave Columbus, but that's just what they did in 2006. And I certainly never could have imagined living in a world that didn't have an Orioles affiliate in Bluefield, but that's the brave new world we'll see after this season.

Minors | #2010#Column

MLB Has Wrong Attitude On Slotting

Jim Callis -Premium Content

There are two things that MLB's slotting system doesn't acknowledge: teams are always going to pay for talent, and spending on the draft is the most cost-efficient way to build and maintain a winner. It also underscores how silly the commissioner's office's efforts to deflate bonuses and its desire to control them further have become.

Minors | #2010#Column

Lincecum Goes Back To Old Habits

John Manuel -Premium Content

If John Manuel is writing about pitching, it's a good bet the words "long toss" will be in the column. In this installment, John talks to Barry Zito about how long toss has helped lend him superior durability, and how a return to long toss helped Zito's teammate, Tim Lincecum.

College | #2010#Column

Tampa Gets Big Boost From ‘Bachelorette’

Will Lingo -

Joe Urso played at the University of Tampa, becoming an eighth-round pick in 1992 and playing six seasons in the minor leagues. He has been the head coach there for 10 seasons, so he's well acquainted with the school's baseball history, which includes five Division II national championships. But when his phone rings these days, it's just as likely to be a call about an obscure former player as it is to be about the baseball program.

Minors | #2010#Column

Astros-Blue Jays Swap A Fascinating Deal

Jim Callis -Premium Content

The most interesting trade in the week before the July 31 deadline didn't involve a frontline starting pitcher. It didn't involve a former MVP, or a past RBI champion, or a guy who once struck out 20 batters in a game. It didn't involve a big leaguer at all.

Minors | #2010#Column

Saying Fond Farewell To Rosenblatt

Jim Callis -Premium Content

As I drove out of the Rosenblatt Stadium parking lot for the final time, with South Carolina's celebration and fireworks going off behind me, it occurred to me that there are few places where I had enjoyed more happy memories.

Minors | #2010#Column

Civil Rights Game Becomes Major League Hit

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Because of the depth of its history, baseball can do things that no other sport can do. So when these things actually get done, we should celebrate. One of these things is the Civil Right Game, which completed its fourth edition in May and just announced plans to move to Atlanta for the next two years.

Minors | #2010#Column