The Business Front

Stories Making Headlines Around The Minors

• Short-season Lowell has made a name for itself the past couple of years by successfully marketing its anti-Yankees philosophy’"the club has donated more than $40,000 in equipment to youth baseball teams that will name themselves after the Spinners instead of the Yankees. Lowell has taken it to a new level by purchasing the first base from the Yankees used in the 2004 ALCS’"the site of the infamous Alex Rodriguez slap play.

• Former Portland owner and longtime front office executive Jack Cain is staying on with the Beavers under new owner Merritt Paulson–though his title and job description is a tad vague.

• Colorado Springs executive Rai Henniger has been upgraded to fair condition but still has a tough road ahead of him. Henniger was severely injured when a fireworks display he was setting up exploded prior to a game’"and details have emerged about two soldiers in attendance likely saved his life.

One year later, John Drennen is still getting comments about his shot heard round the world‘"a home run off Roger Clemens during his rehab start with Lexington.

Battle Creek makes its home debut tonight in the Northwoods League.