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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

Devil Rays Should Win Title In 2010

Jim Callis -Premium Content

The Indians should win the American League Central, thanks to Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez, C.C. Sabathia and Grady Sizemore. The Brewers will finally return to the playoffs, due largely in part to a young infield that includes Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy and Rickie Weeks. Not exactly shocking predictions. But I made them in this space three years ago.

Minors | #2007#Column

New Team Has Great Plans For Great Lakes

Will Lingo -Premium Content

It has been more than 50 years since professional baseball has been played in the Saginaw Bay region of Michigan. But it has really been a one-year process to bring the game back. And though there was still snow on the ground in February and 200 workers were feverishly finishing construction on the ballpark, optimism was high as the first Opening Day for the Midwest League's Great Lakes Loons drew closer.

Minors | #2007#Column

Going Deep: Cooper Brannan

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

Cooper Brannan's career as an infantry rifleman in the Marines ended two years ago, when on his second tour of duty in Iraq, a grenade blew several fingers off his left hand. Yet that horrific moment ultimately led to a second career beginning right now: Padres minor league pitcher. Brannan, 22, still has only four fingers on his left hand but will carry 40 times the normal life experience inside his new uniform. I spoke with the righthander about getting signed by the Padres, his experience in Iraq, and playing Wiffle ball in the desert with buddies who never came home.

Majors | #2007#Column