Maybe I have this idealized vision of what MiLB is supposed to be, based on my life and experience in watching both the leagues and Bull Durham about a thousand times. But whatever they are supposed to be, they are, at the end of the day, a weeding out process. A massive try out, if you will, for the Major Leagues. I get that most Minor League players aren’t going to make it. But they have a dream and they have a desire to try. And they have a passion for a game that they believe will be rewarded once they pay their dues and earn the respect of the game. Even players who never make the Big Leagues almost always receive something back from the game to which they have given so much of themselves.
So I was a little surprised when I came across the story of Garret Broshuis, a one-time Giants prospect and currently Baseball America writer, who spent six seasons in MiLB making it to AAA. He didn’t have Big League Stuff, and so he got his law degree and went to work for a law firm, stronger for the experience and probably with some great stories to tell. Now, as a lawyer, he has decided to make his bones with a class action lawsuit claiming that he – along with 30 other Minor Leaguers from every teams system – were victims as MLB was in violation of wage and overtime laws. Read the rest of this entry
You can feel it in the air… Spring training is almost here!
The Big Clubs will, of course, get most of the attention and the press, but I follow the Ports, and here’s what’s shaking in the Athletics System right now for the Stockton team. The ubiquitous lists of “GIVEN Teams top Prospects” are making the rounds, and when it comes to Oakland, there’s a great deal of agreement as to who is ON the list, with argument over WHERE on the list they belong.
In any case, some of last seasons Ports are moving up the ladder, lead by Matt Olson, the hard hitting 1st Baseman and 3rd Baseman Renato Nunez. Outfielder Chad Pinder are all expected to start the year in Midland. Pitcher Raul Alcantara, who flashed moments of brilliance in 2013 before being sidelined, turned out to need Tommy John surgery. he is expected to start in the Rookie leagues, to see if he can completely recover. If he does, it’s likely we could see him at Banner Island later in the season.
Expected in Stockton this season are 3rd Baseman Matt Chapman, a power hitting 1st Rounder from 2014, who made it up to Beloit last season. Franklin Baretto is a 19 year old Shortstop, in the mold of Addison Russell, who the A’s expect to start in Stockton in the hopes that the Venezuelan native has what it takes to be the Short Stop of the future as quickly as possible.
For me though, the most intriguing possibility for Stockton is Pitcher Dillon Overton. He is expected to start he season in Beloit , but the hopes are very high on the University of Oklahoma (BOOMER SOONER!) product. He did have Tommy John surgery last year, but a left hander who can get it going should move up quickly. And while the California League isn’t exactly the best place to see the best pitchers have to offer, it is a big step in learning to face big league hitting. Assuming that at some point in the season we see him here in Stockton, I’ll have to wear my OU hat for at least the games he pitches!
Spring is almost here… hurrah!
We’re less than a week into the new Commissioner’s Imperial reign over the Kingdom of Baseball, and already he is being eviscerated by at least one blogger for being a “Moron,” and not, oddly enough, for being named “Manfred,” which brings up visions of the Red Baron screeching in to strafe the game to bits with Prussian efficiency while laughing maniacally and petting his gigantic dog.
I read his letter, and I didn’t quite get the same look at things, but I can see where the Halo’s Heaven guy doesn’t like the pitch clock, I don’t either. And yes, the focus of the Commissioner should be to enforce the rules already on the books. I appreciate his commitment to reach out to young folks and revitalize the game through young people. But this whole “short attention span” thing does raise concerns.
Baseball requires patience. A game can be long, a season even longer. But anything worth having is worth the waiting.
I get that hating the Commissioner is good sport and with the exception of A. Bartlett Giamatti pretty much de rigueur for us baseball fans. I am certainly one to join in the mockery given the new guys Teutonic overtones and blood. But lets wait until he actually does something other than write a letter. He obviously plans to invade the Game and enforce his fascist form of clock management and has clearly offended the Angels blogger. On the other hand, he DID inflict pitch clocks on AAA and AA, which is enough justification to go ahead and start hating him now, since I don’t trust the Germans.
And neither should you.