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Schafer Can Bounce Back From Suspension

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Uncertainty swirls around Jordan Schafer after Major League Baseball handed him a 50-game suspension on April 8 for using human growth hormone, making him easily the best prospect ever caught using performance-enhancing drugs. It also leaves plenty of questions to be answered.

Minors | #2008#Column

Three To Watch

John Manuel -Premium Content

In honor of former BA columnist Keith Olbermann's "Countdown" show on MSNBC, here are the three stories from the first half of the college season that bear watching in the second half. Sorry, the NCAA already has wrapped up this year's "Worst Person in the World" award.

College | #2008#Column

Opening Days Are Always Special

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Opening Day is something special throughout baseball, and it's particularly interesting in the minor leagues, where it's a sprawling mass of games from coast to coast. Everyone gets jazzed for Opening Day, but for minor league general managers it's like a hammer that looms over them throughout the offseason. Particularly for the leaders of new franchises, there's a never-ending push to get things done before the first pitch is thrown out.

Minors | #2008#Column

Polk’s Softer Side

John Manuel -Premium Content

Ron Polk's career was so rich, it took two John Manuel columns to encapsulate it. This one focuses on Polk's career that has little to do with the NCAA—in other words, the part Polk won't talk about.

College | #2008#Column

Keep On Changing

Will Lingo -Premium Content

A couple of features in this year's Minor League Preview really highlight, at least to me, how much the minor leagues have changed over the last decade and a half.

Minors | #2008#Column

Some Stars Lack Top 100 Pedigree

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Jorge Posada probably won't make the Hall of Fame, but he can make a case for Cooperstown. A five-time all-star and four-time World Series champion, he's also aging more gracefully than most catchers, having put up a career-high .969 on-base-plus slugging percentage at age 35 last season. Not bad for someone who never made our Top 100 Prospects list.

Minors | #2008#Column

More To The Story In Braves’ Move

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Minor league baseball's age of prosperity has meant stability for most of its franchises. When a team does move, the reasons usually aren't overwhelmingly interesting. A ballpark has gotten old or a market has become unattractive, and the team seeks greener pastures elsewhere.

Minors | #2008#Column