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The 31st Team, Part II

Jim Callis -Premium Content

We celebrate the arrival of the 2007 Prospect Handbook, which you can order here and have it in your hands in just a couple of days, with the unveiling of The 31st Team—our name for all the scouting reports that didn't quite make it into the book. Players can get written up and then miss the cut for a variety of reasons, ranging from trades to injuries to our endless tinkering with our top 30 lists.

Minors | #2007#Column

The 31st Team, Part I

Jim Callis -Premium Content

We celebrate the arrival of the 2007 Prospect Handbook with our 31st Team, the annual collection of the players who were squeezed out of the book for one reason or another. This year's group is so large that it has been split into two parts.

Minors | #2007#Column

BA Crew, Award Winners Make For Best Gala Yet

Will Lingo -Premium Content

The Baseball America Awards Gala has been a special event for us from the first year of its existence (2001 in Boston). We're happy that it has become a major event on the Winter Meetings calendar as well. But even with the high bar past events have established, this year's event was special.

Minors | #2007#Column

Baseball America’s Scouting Dictionary

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

It happens to everyone at Baseball America. A scout is describing a player's skills, breaking down a kid's tools and potential and mindset, and every 10 words or so starts speaking in a tongue so foreign — "chicken-winger" . . . "cankles". . . "snap dragon" — that you long for an English-to-scout dictionary. Laughs Dodgers scouting director Logan White, "My sister would ask me when I talked about my job, 'What the heck are you saying?' She had no idea." We know the same thing happens to you when you're reading BA. To appease the desperate cries, we hereby present the Baseball America Scouting Dictionary, the first time all important scouting terms have been brought together in one handy-dandy, clip-and-save resource.

Majors | #2006#Column

Freitas Awards Try To Spotlight Minors Top Operators

Will Lingo -Premium Content

On the Website, you'll notice some awards that you're used to seeing a little bit later in the year, or perhaps that you've never noticed before at all. What they represent is, quite simply, the best of the minor leagues. And we're hoping that by giving our minor league awards a bigger stage, we can shine a brighter light on the people who are responsible for making the minors as successful as they have become.

Minors | #2006#Column

Draft Changes, But Slotting Could Fall Apart

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Which was more surprising? That baseball got a new Collective Bargaining Agreement ahead of schedule and without rancor, or that it included actual changes to the draft rules? Since an arbitrator ruled in 1992 that the draft can't be altered without the union's approval, modifications have been as rare as the Pirates having a winning season.

Minors | #2006#Column

Dowd’s Move Shows Line Between Affiliated And Indy Ball Is Blurring

Will Lingo -Premium Content

With as much rhetoric as has been tossed around between the affiliated and independent minor leagues over the past decade, it has been a pleasant change to see the two parties settle into a quiet detente. It seems baseball executives have figured out there are enough baseball fans for everyone, and the groups might actually be able to learn from each other. Why, you might even see people from independent teams at the Winter Meetings in December. Just don't tell anyone.

Minors | #2006#Column