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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

On Draft Day, D-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

Baseball Again Reacts In Hard Times

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Is it really a surprise that when it came to honoring the memory of the people who were killed in the Virginia Tech massacre, baseball got it right? While football has undoubtedly become more popular than baseball as television programming, baseball still serves as an expression of national consciousness better than any other sport.

Minors | #2007#Column

Sidewinding Approach Suits Glafenhein Fine

John Manuel -Premium Content

East Tennessee State senior Caleb Glafenhein, though, redefines value this season. As college baseball reached its midway point in April, his Buccaneers team had played 32 of its 56 regular-season games, and Glafenhein had appeared in 18 of them. He's made seven starts, more than all but one of his teammates. He's made 11 relief appearances as well—third on the team.

College | #2007#Column