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Friday, January 22, 2016

PCL president admonishes LVCVA over crumbling Cashman Field | Las Vegas Review-Journal

You would think Vegas would know a suckers bet.

Eventually, the city leaders there would build a new ballpark where the old one had been. Albuquerque got its team back when the new owners in Calgary decided to play where it was warmer, in a new ballpark that had a climate-controlled batting cage and plenty of restrooms for spectators on Fireworks Night.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, stadium financing, stadium renovations

Monday, December 07, 2015

Industry Keeps Eye On Minor League Lawsuit - BaseballAmerica.com

Minor leaguers deserve more money than they are currently getting.

Those interviewed were divided on whether players really needed a raise.

“They don’t have that many responsibilities,” another GM said. “They don’t have a whole lot of expenses. They pretty much live and breathe baseball while they are here. Sometimes you’ve got to make the sacrifice for it to pay off down the road.”

A team owner likened ballplayers to tennis players or musicians trying to reach the top of their profession. He suggested that if they are victorious in their lawsuit, then ballplayers should be charged to train with coaches in the same fashion those other professions do.

“It is a very strange situation,” the owner said. “I understand labor law and this sort of thing and minimum wage. But when a guy is out there practicing baseball, is that his job or is he doing it because he wants to get from Single A to Double-A to the majors? The same thing is true if you think of musicians or ballerinas out there practicing all of the time. No one is compensating them for that. They are doing it to try and improve in what is a very competitive field.”

Others hoped a way could be found to benefit both sides.

“These guys are dreamers. There’s no guarantees they are going to make it, but there has got to be more than 1,200 bucks a month for a low-A guy,” another GM said. “The only thing I go back to is that none of these guys are forced to do it. But at the same time, our franchise does well. It seems like there has got to be some way to find some middle ground so that it doesn’t hurt everybody . . .

“We’re in a different climate. Legally if they should get more, then I get it. But it stinks if it comes off of our dime.”

Added the first GM, who has worked at several levels of the game:

“I’m torn by the whole thing. Some of the stuff they say in the lawsuit about the hours they work isn’t true. They’re just fooling around in the clubhouse a lot of the time. On the other hand, my gosh, the amount of money that is being brought into this game . . . You just have the feeling that we should be doing better for our employees.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2015 at 01:23 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball

Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Pitch is Framed in Diplomacy in Cuba

Mr. Burns, I think we can trust the President of Cuba…..

More than half a century has passed since the Havana Sugar Kings, a Cincinnati Reds affiliate, played in the Class AAA International League. Since the giddy gunfire of followers of the revolutionary Fidel Castro grazed a shortstop and a third-base coach at a game against the Rochester Red Wings. Since Havana won the 1959 Little World Series against the Minneapolis Millers here at home.

The notion of returning to those days, absent the gunfire, may sound like pie in the sky, given the longstanding American embargo against Cuba. But President Obama and the Cuban president, Raúl Castro, announced plans last December to restore full diplomatic ties — a first hesitant step toward normalizing relations — and some see a chance for an exemption from the embargo: a baseball “carve-out.”

What’s more, this group’s enthusiastic leader, a veteran minor league executive named Lou Schwechheimer, has spent the last dozen years preparing for just such a moment.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, minor league baseball

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Around the World with the Minor League Home Run King – The Hardball Times

“I feel blessed to have been able to play this game for so long and see so many places along the way,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mike hessman, minor league baseball

 

 

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