The Business

Stories Making Headlines Around The Minors

• The USA Today’s Jack Carey delves into the debate over wood and metal bats and the lawsuit being filed by bat companies and USA Baseball to overturn the recent metal bat ban in New York City.

• Sarasota’s winning ways on the field certainly have not translated accordingly in the stands. The Reds Florida State League affiliate is last in the league in attendance and trying to figure out new ways to put fannies in the seats as it awaits word on a possible ballpark construction project.

• Historic Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Mass.–which opened in 1892, has hosted great players like Lou Gehrig and is on the National Register of Historic Places–is in need of a major facelift. The question remains as to whether it will get those repairs, estimated by some in the millions, and what will happen to the ballpark if it doesn’t.

Guess who’s coming to dinner? It’s a Bridgeport Bluefish.

• New Phillies New York-Penn League affiliate Williamsport is waiting to see how the parent club’s plethora of early picks in Thursday’s draft shapes the Cutters’ roster.

• Ey bra, nice bobblehead. Phillies outfielder, and Maui native, Shane Victorino had his own bobblehead day on Sunday–with a Hawiaan twist.

Exactly what shape independent York’s ballpark will be in on Opening Day June 15 remains to be seems–as is the fans’ reaction to the likely yet-to-be-completed ballpark.

Phil Wellman a celebrity? He is on YouTube. And his most recent antics aren’t exactly anything new, says his former general manager.

• Nashville GM Glenn Yaeger pens an op-ed of sorts in the Tennessean, discussing among other things, why the bid for a new ballpark failed.

• A reporter discovers the No. 1 family-friendly activity in America: minor league baseball.