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Death Of Coolbaugh Stuns Baseball Community

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Mike Coolbaugh's shocking death prompts us to remember the hundreds of players and coaches who are making a career of baseball with little chance of riches or glory. We love prospects, but it's Coolbaugh and the people like him who form the essence of the minor leagues.

Minors | #2007#Column

MLB Trio Create Smooth Path To Futures Game

Will Lingo -Premium Content

You can be sure that the testosterone will be plentiful on the field (the natural kind; no steroids jokes please) at AT&T Park during the Futures Game, not to mention the major league festivities to follow. And yet those 50 cocky young men who gather in San Francisco have three women to thank for all the fun they're having.

Minors | #2007#Column

Baseball Draft Loses Another Quirk

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Draft-and-follows were like Rule 5 picks: The hype never seemed to live up to the reality. Like the Rule 5, draft-and-follow supporters can point to iconic success stories like Roy Oswalt and Travis Hafner. But also like the Rule 5, fans tend to forget the many players signed each year who never do anything.

Minors | #2007#Column

On Draft Day, Devil Rays Are Winners

Jim Callis -Premium Content

In their short existence, the Devil Rays never have won more than 70 games nor finished higher than fourth place. They've occupied the American League East basement in eight of their nine seasons. But one thing Tampa Bay has done well is execute first-round picks. The Rays reached for Paul Wilder with their first-ever draft choice in 1996, but since then they haven't missed too often.

Minors | #2007#Column

Draft Takes Final Big Steps On TV

Will Lingo -Premium Content

For many fans, it may have been no more than an interesting footnote. Even for serious fans, it probably just rated as another notable step in the evolution of the event. But for people who have followed the baseball draft for years, the news that it will be televised this year was nothing short of revolutionary.

Minors | #2007#Column