The Business Front

Stories Making Headline Around the Minor . . .

• Renovations on Double-A Connecticut’s Dodd Stadium are put on hold after the City of Norwich claims the team is late on several payments, including $350,000 in back rent. To make matters worse, the Defenders are having a tough time drawing fans, averaging just 1,868 through 16 games.

• Triple-A Harrisburg’s recent sale for $13.25 million has some wondering why Lackawanna County is not asking more than $13-$16 million in a proposed sale of Triple-A Scranton to SWB Yankees LLC’"a partnership between Mandalay Baseball Properties and the New York Yankees.

• I missed this one yesterday: The Charlotte City Council approved a land swap deal to build a new baseball stadium for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.

• Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas is thankful that the Devil Rays trip to Disney was a brief one‘"and in the same column he calls out Sentinel writer Mike Bianchi for calling the three-game series against the Rangers a hit. Thomas says the Devil Rays “cannot be saved” and that the team’s players are “pathetic.”

So much for having young talent.

Meanwhile, Marc Topkin blogs that the D-Rays are calling the Disney experiment a successful trip.

• Upgrades to Visalia’s Recreation Park, increased staff and a certain prospect named Justin Upton–who has since left for Double-A–have the Oaks enjoying their best turnout in years.

Fort Myers is getting ready for Clemens’ arrival tonight, including Miracle leadoff hitter Steve Tolleson, whose father Wayne faced Clemens during his big league career.

• Triple-A Portland’s well-publicized “Bob L Head” campaign’"in which they search for a real person named Bob L Head to have a bobblehead doll made in his likeness’"is down to three finalists. Voting is being done on the Beavers’ Website.

• Not a business related story, but a touching, well-written one about how baseball has helped a couple cope with the death of their 4-year-old son.