The Business Front

Stories Making Headlines Around the Minors

• Acquiring Triple-A Portland is a dream come true for 34-year-old Merritt Paulson, son of U.S. treasury secretary Henry Paulson and the new majority owner and general manager of the Beavers.

“I have long had the goal of owning and operating a sports franchise,” Paulson said in a press conference the day after news of the surprising purchase made headlines’"Paulson’s ownership group is Portland’s third owner in six years.

Meanwhile, Paulson plans to make his first community service appearance today when he joins 10 players from a local minor league soccer team included in the purchase as they deliver soccer balls to a Portland-area elementary school.

• The day Brad Taylor told the Biz Blog he was hoping for has finally arrived: Roger Clemens will be gracing the mound at Mercer County Waterfront Ballpark tonight against Portland and the Trenton GM is pulling out all the stops. Taylor is doubling the food at concession stands, bulking up security and adding a parking shuttle for the event. The folks up in Scranton may be pulling for the Sea Dogs tonight’"a strong showing by Clemens may send him straight to the majors without a Triple-A appearance.

The New York media has ramped up its coverage for Clemens’ second outing of the season. Kevin Kernan of the New York Post writes that while pitching in Trenton is great, Clemens needs to reach the big leagues as soon as possible to wake the Yankees out of their mid-spring slumber. One Thunder fan reports being offered $300 for his front-row seat; he turned down the cash to judge Clemens himself.

• Tri-City’s sunshade, which was primarily funded by a state of Washington grant, is nearing completion and should be ready to give the Dust Devils a much cooler season-opener on June 24.

• New Britain manager Riccardo Ingram’s night is hardly over after the final out is recorded. While players and coaches dine on postgame meals, Ingram sits at his desk and files daily evaluation reports on his laptop to Twins’ player development officials.

“You can’t just look at the raw box score,” he said. “This keeps the organization informed every day. What I try to do is give the next manager an idea of what kind of a player he will be getting someday.”

• A Des Moines reporter gets a first-hand look at what goes into being a minor league groundskeeper‘"turns out it’s much more than just cutting the grass and watering the infield.

• The Victoria Toros lone season in the Texas League may have been forgetful’"the team once owned by Cal Rockefeller has since been bought by Nolan Ryan and moved to Round Rock’"but the local newspaper looks back at the impact the team had on some fans.