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Going Deep: Joe Buck

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

In the 10 years since Joe Buck called his first World Series at age 27, he has become the nation's primary network voice for both baseball and football, called about 9,642 hours of Yankees postseason games and, now that he works the Fox football pregame bacchanalia as well, learned to decode not just Tim McCarver but Terry Bradshaw, too. I caught up with Buck just before his first postseason broadcast this October to talk about Yankee overkill, the difference between football and baseball culture and just what bass fishing can do for a guy.

Majors | #2006#Column

Triple-A Changes Start Off Shuffle

Will Lingo -Premium Content

It's official: Three of the longest-standing affiliations in the minor leagues are coming to an end in the International League, with the announcements of new player-development agreements in Columbus and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Minors | #2006#Column

More Teams Hooking Up

Will Lingo -Premium Content

The Padres win the battle for San Antonio, while the shuffle in the New York-Penn League ends, and the Dodgers will be the major league affiliate for the new Great Lakes franchise in the Midwest League.

Minors | #2006#Column

Mets, Orioles Complete Triple-A Movement

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Completing the affiliation movement in Triple-A, the Mets announced a two-year player-development contract with New Orleans, while the Orioles will take over in Norfolk. Also, the Pirates completed an expected move when they announced their short-season affiliation will switch to State College next season.

Minors | #2006#Column

Baseball Helps New Orleans Bounce Back

Will Lingo -Premium Content

The effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast was disastrous. The governmental response was outrageous. But a year after the hurricane, the power of baseball is helping to heal the wounds in Louisiana. The New Orleans Zephyrs (Pacific Coast) just concluded their season and actually showed an increase in attendance over 2005. After serving as a staging area for relief efforts in the days after Katrina, Zephyr Field will come out in better shape than it was in before the storm. And the team not only provided Tulane with a place to play this spring while the Green Wave's stadium was being rebuilt, but it also spearheaded a number of fund-raising efforts to help the recovery.

Minors | #2006#Column

Calm Before The Storm

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Every two years, major and minor league teams can seek new affiliation agreements, and that process is getting under way now. Baseball America tells you how things are lining up in advance of the market opening up on Sept. 16.

Minors | #2006#Column

Going Deep: Jered Weaver

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

Jered Weaver, two years removed from being named Baseball America's College Player of the Year at Long Beach State, became the first pitcher since Livan Hernandez in 1997 to win his first nine career decisions, posting a 1.95 ERA overall. (This while also going 6-1, 2.10 in two stints at Triple-A Salt Lake.) I sat down with Weaver in New York to talk about his corkscrew delivery, essentially replacing his brother Jeff on the Angels, and feeling like he's living a video game.

Majors | #2006#Column