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Affiliation changes

Arkansas goes from LAA to SEA
Jackson (TN) goes from SEA to ARI
Mobile goes from ARI to LAA

Carolina goes from ATL to MIL
Lancaster (CA) goes from HOU to COL
Modesto goes from COL to SEA

New teams
Buies Creek (NC) Astros (which will move to Fayetteville, NC in 2019) -- High-A HOU
Down East Wood Ducks (Kinston, NC) -- High-A TEX
Florida Fire Frogs (Kissimmee, FL) -- High-A ATL

Discontinued teams
Bakersfield, CA
High Desert, CA
Brevard County, FL

Name changes
Binghamton Mets become Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Jacksonville Suns become Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
New Orleans Zephyrs become New Orleans Baby Cakes

mookieproof, Friday, 3 February 2017 16:59 (four years ago) link

no word on whether the bowling green hot rods will change their name to the massacres for a one-day promotion

mookieproof, Friday, 3 February 2017 19:51 (four years ago) link*QL8GW9bYkdqQk2eByaK6Ig.png

for a price, the myrtle beach pelicans will let you fuck in their luxury suites, clubhouse or field

mookieproof, Saturday, 11 February 2017 02:05 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Former top prospect Jon Singleton, who will make $2 million this year, was assigned to begin the season back in Double A.

mookieproof, Monday, 3 April 2017 21:59 (four years ago) link

not reporting per se but holy shit loooooooooool

Eric Stephen‏ @truebluela 27m27 minutes ago
Among 2017 Pacific Coast Lg Hall of Fame inductees includes PCL historical society founder Dick Beverage, my new favorite name in baseball

officer sonny bonds, lytton pd (mayor jingleberries), Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:12 (four years ago) link

lol i just came here to post that

mookieproof, Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:40 (four years ago) link

i see Dick Beverage p much every year at the SABR convention, u filthy ppl

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:43 (four years ago) link

i would expect no less of you

mookieproof, Thursday, 6 April 2017 19:38 (four years ago) link

is this the thread for asking how the Hank Azaria low-minors-announcer IFC sitcom is?

it's set in PA and the team is called the Frackers, so that's one good joke

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 7 April 2017 21:48 (four years ago) link

Fort Myers Miracle
Miracle to Offer Half Priced Tickets to Anyone with a United Airlines Boarding Pass

mookieproof, Monday, 10 April 2017 19:33 (four years ago) link

yard goats opening night

johnny crunch, Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:49 (four years ago) link

I thought I saw this thred but couldn't find it. anyway:

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 23:38 (four years ago) link

that's staten island 4 u

could be worse -- a lot of (mostly southern) teams are doing 'military heroes baseball cards' where they print up/give away cards featuring local armed forces members. the staten island version would presumably be cards of nyc cops

mookieproof, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 23:49 (four years ago) link

The Ballad of Mike Hessman

mookieproof, Friday, 21 April 2017 14:55 (four years ago) link

Name changes
Binghamton Mets become Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Jacksonville Suns become Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
New Orleans Zephyrs become New Orleans Baby Cakes

this is a nice trio of name changes

Karl Malone, Friday, 21 April 2017 15:44 (four years ago) link

i'm afraid you are mistaken

mookieproof, Friday, 21 April 2017 16:06 (four years ago) link

perfect game on 88 pitches for double-a pensacola's tyler mahle

mookieproof, Sunday, 23 April 2017 06:10 (four years ago) link

first nine-inning perfect game in south atlantic league history on 85 pitches for augusta's domenic mazza. nine strikeouts, game score 103

mookieproof, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:00 (four years ago) link

these are not common, even in the minors -- mahle's was the first in the southern league since 1970. idk what's going on

mookieproof, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:04 (four years ago) link

toledo mud hens' sgt peppers 50th anniversary uniforms

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 May 2017 17:59 (four years ago) link

good thing VU & Nico anniversary was preseason

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 18:38 (four years ago) link

one month passes...


mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 18:29 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

changes announced for 2019:

triple-a colorado springs (currently MIL) will move to san antonio
double-a san antonio (currently SD) will move to amarillo
short-season helena (currently MIL) will move to colorado springs

i suspect that the new san antonio team will eventually be TEX affiliated, round rock will switch from TEX to HOU, and the brewers will get stuck with something crappy like las vegas or fresno for triple-a

mookieproof, Wednesday, 21 June 2017 17:48 (four years ago) link

i liked the Colorado Springs park/ambience

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 June 2017 17:52 (four years ago) link

san antonio is one of the most interesting stadium I have been in it's p amazing. it's backed up onto an AFB and there are a lot of sad USAF folx just out trying to enjoy their night. xp

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 15:01 (four years ago) link

mookieproof, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:50 (four years ago) link

they should send one to Dusty

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:56 (four years ago) link

apparently the 'ligament' is removable

mookieproof, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:58 (four years ago) link

Effective immediately, the Replay America Tour shows scheduled at Minor League Baseball Stadiums including the show scheduled at Prince George's Stadium on Friday, August 4 have been canceled. Poor ticket sales across the entire Ballpark concert tour, was the determining reason for the cancellation. These shows featuring Billy Ocean, Taylor Dayne, Starship, the Motels and Naked Eyes were anticipated to bring thousands of people out to a ballpark environment for the enjoyment of throwback music favorites from the 1980's but just didn't generate the interest needed to support the costs.

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 June 2017 16:47 (four years ago) link

featuring a league-record 44 combined strikeouts

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 15:24 (four years ago) link

M's minor leaguers take $683 Uber to game
Four Mariners minor leaguers took a seven-hour Uber trip from Phoenix to Albuquerque, New Mexico, at a cost of $683 to make it to a game.

mookieproof, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 13:56 (four years ago) link

amusing action in Winnipeg (American Association) last Saturday night

It's the bottom of the 14th inning and the Kansas City T-Bones are completely out of pitchers, having already used their entire bullpen and then their centrefielder to get through a pair of innings. So they bring in starting pitcher Matt Sergey, who is coming off a 105-pitch performance in Fargo 48 hours earlier. As a result, the righty ends up using his left arm to throw — and promptly walks the first two Goldeyes batters he faces.

After a sacrifice bunt moves them over to second and third, Sergey is asked to intentionally walk Goldeyes hitter Mason Katz to set up a bases-loaded, one-out force play situation. But instead of just making a routine wide toss to his catcher, Sergey — we remind you, he's using his wrong arm to throw — sails one to the backstop.

Shawn Pleffner trots home with the game-winning run on a wild pitch intentional walk...

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:47 (four years ago) link

Missoula Osprey to Retire Lyle Overbay's Number on July 28

mookieproof, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 21:17 (four years ago) link

Dodgers prospect Alex Verdugo hit a 385-foot homer at AAA tonight: 360 feet off the bat, 25 feet off Zach Borenstein's head. Holy Canseco.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 26, 2017

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 28 July 2017 13:09 (four years ago) link

I'll be making my first visit to a Pawtucket game in 2 weeks.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 28 July 2017 22:27 (four years ago) link

dayton dragons outfielder jose siri extended his hitting streak to 36 games last night, breaking the midwest league record of 35.

the previous record-holder, tony toups of the 1977 waterloo indians, was there, which is kind of cool

mookieproof, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 14:08 (four years ago) link

Behold, the most GCL play ever.

— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) August 10, 2017

mookieproof, Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:11 (four years ago) link


WilliamC, Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:28 (four years ago) link

the new york-penn league has selected 56 players to participate in its all-star game tuesday in troy, ny

exactly zero of them are from the staten island yankees, who have the best record in the league

not that i don't approve, but wtf

mookieproof, Saturday, 12 August 2017 02:41 (four years ago) link

Columbus 5, Pawtucket 4

37-yo Eric Kratz catching for the Clippers.

They sing Sweet Caroline in Pah-tucket, but no Green Monster replica. (Greenville has one.)

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 13 August 2017 13:30 (four years ago) link

padres infield prospect gabriel arias was added to the class a fort wayne tincaps roster on saturday

he is the first affiliated full-season-team player born in the year 2000

mookieproof, Monday, 21 August 2017 16:37 (four years ago) link

mookieproof, Monday, 21 August 2017 18:49 (four years ago) link

360° video here, which is p. cool if you make it look up

mookieproof, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:30 (four years ago) link

The Salina Stockade lost again last night. They're now 16-71. Here's how they got their .184 winning percentage.

— Ben Lindbergh (@BenLindbergh) August 23, 2017

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 24 August 2017 14:27 (four years ago) link

Last Friday, Jake Seiner and Ben Walker of the Associated Press reported that Major League Baseball has opted to raise minor league player pay to, at minimum, $4,800 dollars a year. As usual, the change was announced unilaterally: minor league players are not unionized and cannot help but accept this compensation. Specifically, MLB decided to set minimum pay levels (not including spring training, which is unpaid, and not starting until the 2021 season) at:

$400/week ($4,800 for a three-month season) for Rookie or short-season (up from $290/$3,480)
$500/week ($10,000 for a five-month season) for Class A (up from $290/$5,800)
$600/week ($12,000 for a five-month season) for Double-A (up from $350/$7,000)
$700/week ($14,000 for a five-month season) for Triple-A (up from $502/$10,040)

Assuming that players work an eight-hour workday five days a week (which is an assumption you’d make only if you both knew nothing about how long minor leaguers work and also were feeling extremely generous towards the league), the new pay scale works out to an hourly minimum wage of $10, $12.50, $15, and $17.50, respectively. Assuming even 50 hours a week puts everybody below $15 an hour; 60 hours a week puts everyone below $12. And all of the scenarios assume either that players are independently wealthy or that they’ll fit their year-round conditioning and training in around finding some other way to make money seven or nine months out of the year.

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 20:45 (one year ago) link

only the truly desperate or insane need apply

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 21:16 (one year ago) link

in no way do I mean this in approval of this terrible system... but honestly I'd be a much happier person right now if I was playing minor league baseball for $10/hr

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 21:31 (one year ago) link

the fact that it won't start until next season makes it look expressly like 'look what we can do if we save money by contracting a quarter of the minors'

good three part fangraphage on that from last week btw:

mookieproof, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 21:56 (one year ago) link

i think this could inspire a new 2020 thread title mook

I suppose this is on-brand given the low player salaries: Minor League Baseball announced a sponsorship deal making Stauffer's the "official frozen prepared meals" of MiLB.

— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) February 24, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 16:58 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Started to feel inevitable

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 19:32 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

A's told minor leaguers they've decided to end their $400/week stipend on May 31, with five days' notice. The part that says "your UPC remains in place" means "we won't pay you, but you do not have the right to be a free agent." Interesting this was sent by GM and not ownership.

— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) May 27, 2020

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 11:00 (one year ago) link

Just some rough math. Say there are 200 players in a minor league system. Paying each $400/week for July, July and August is $5,200 per player. To pay every minor leaguer would have cost the Oakland A's a hair over $1 million.

Owner John Fisher is worth an estimated $2 billion.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 27, 2020

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 11:02 (one year ago) link

the sad part is that the $1M would probably be a good "investment", just in terms of boosting the morale/performance of players through the noble act of paying them

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 15:06 (one year ago) link

if some traveling salesman came by Fisher's office and offered to inject snake oil into the veins of all the players in his organization to boost their morale and performance for 3 months, at the insanely low price of only $1M, he would probably do it

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 15:07 (one year ago) link

the fuckin *marlins* are paying their dudes through august

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 17:04 (one year ago) link

We're not selling jeans here...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 17:07 (one year ago) link

hundreds of minor leaguers are being released, although it's difficult to track because MLB's (and therefore baseball america's, etc.) transactions list is not being updated

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 May 2020 20:19 (one year ago) link

the march agreement between MLB and the MLBPA stipulated that 2020 would count for players' service time whether there's a season or not, e.g., mookie's gonna be a free agent even if he never plays a game for the dodgers

no one seems to know if the same holds true for minor leaguers, or who even gets to make that decision. my guess is that the commissioner just dictates it.

there aren't that many 6th-year minor league free agents or rule 5 picks who actually make it -- i can only think of yangervis solarte and odubel herrera recently, and they aren't great -- but it would be pretty fucked up if minor leaguers had to spend an extra year on their entry contracts. especially if they play for the a's, who won't even pay them

mookieproof, Friday, 29 May 2020 18:49 (one year ago) link

just catching up on this

Charlie Finley days still here

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Monday, 1 June 2020 17:39 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

season officially canceled in the most passive aggressive way possible

— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) June 30, 2020

mookieproof, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 21:04 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Why MLB's minor leagues as you know them will end Sept. 30

Some expressed suspicion that fellow owners have been sharing information with MLB in hopes of currying favor. "They're doing to us what they do to the major and minor league players: pitting us against each other," the owner said.

Several other minor league owners declined to speak for attribution because they still hope their teams will be spared and they fear retribution from MLB. "They have all the power," one said. "And they're vindictive."

mookieproof, Thursday, 3 September 2020 14:26 (one year ago) link

this sentence is pretty brutal

Minor League Baseball executives and owners have tried for 11 months to find some sort of leverage with MLB, whether through direct talks or public and congressional pressure, before realizing they really have none, according to more than a dozen major and minor league officials, team owners and others interviewed by ESPN.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 3 September 2020 15:45 (one year ago) link

Breaking: Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner to retire after 2020 season. O’Conner spent 28 years with MiLB office, 38 years working in pro ball. The 11th MiLB prez, O’Conner’s office might be eliminated during ongoing negotiations between MLB and MiLB.

— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) September 8, 2020

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 15:17 (one year ago) link

Pat O’Conner openly bragged about helping MLB lobby Congress to pass the Save America’s Pastime Act, one of the most contemptible pieces of legislation in recent memory, only to learn there is no honor amongst thieves when MLB still moved to eliminate Minor League teams.

— Nick Francona (@NickFrancona) September 8, 2020

mookieproof, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 15:57 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

it begins

MLB and USA Baseball will announce their plans for the Appalachian League. College wood bat league here we come:

— Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) September 25, 2020

mookieproof, Friday, 25 September 2020 19:54 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

Did.....did we just get dumped via Twitter?!

— Columbia Fireflies (@ColaFireflies) November 10, 2020

mookieproof, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 20:16 (ten months ago) link

apparently columbia, trenton and staten island all learned through social media that they were no longer affiliated (the latter two with the yankees)

classy af

mookieproof, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 20:20 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

the pioneer league (utah/idaho/montana/colorado) is now independent

trenton, williamsport, mahoning valley, state college and morgantown are now the 'mlb draft league'

idk who is going to fill out all these rosters tbh

mookieproof, Monday, 30 November 2020 18:54 (nine months ago) link

The Staten Island Yankees announce they are ceasing operations and are suing the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball.

— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) December 3, 2020

mookieproof, Thursday, 3 December 2020 20:42 (nine months ago) link

struggling to feel bad for the staten island yankees tbrr

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 3 December 2020 21:27 (nine months ago) link

in the yankees v yankees fight, I'm hoping the yankees lose.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 3 December 2020 21:41 (nine months ago) link

i don't really care about staten island's ownership, but NYC spent $30m to build that ballpark in the specific expectation that it would host a yankees affiliate. the city of wichita just spent $85m to build a triple-a stadium; they've already been relegated to double-a before even fielding a team.

there's a lot of public money tied up in these ballparks -- which was admittedly stupid! -- and i don't like seeing that go to waste

mookieproof, Thursday, 3 December 2020 22:17 (nine months ago) link

for sure

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 3 December 2020 22:58 (nine months ago) link

'invitations' going out today to 119 teams. there is a lot of bitterness

mookieproof, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 17:44 (nine months ago) link

11 full-season clubs did not receive invitations from MLB to join the minors in 2021.

Full list:

— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) December 9, 2020

mookieproof, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 17:45 (nine months ago) link

damn, RIP burlington bees. that's where my grandma and a couple of my relatives lived. there is very little going on in burlington, and now that the bees are leaving, truly nothing.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 17:50 (nine months ago) link

i guess there's a railroad that goes through town, some freight passes by every once in a while and blows the dust around a bit

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 17:51 (nine months ago) link

Burlington Bees GM Kim Parker tells me they are leaning towards entering a collegiate wood bat league. No official announcement at this point.

— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) December 9, 2020

mookieproof, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 19:32 (nine months ago) link

vancouver and brooklyn and portland, oregon going full-season is cool, at least

mookieproof, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 22:57 (nine months ago) link

yeah a full season cyclones team is super dope

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 10 December 2020 14:52 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...
one month passes...

vancouver and brooklyn and portland, oregon going full-season is cool, at least

― mookieproof, Wednesday, December 9, 2020 2:57 PM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink

this had escaped my attention until now. glad about this.

Dusty Benelux (jim in vancouver), Friday, 5 February 2021 20:37 (seven months ago) link

i don't have a subscription and the preview doesn't go into the meaty bits, but this *sounds* pretty bad

Minor League teams have learned in recent days they will not receive proceeds from 2020 national merchandise sales.

The reason?

MiLB's league office used that money to stay afloat over the past year.@jjcoop36 has the latest details:

— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) February 9, 2021

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 22:37 (seven months ago) link

Officially official

This is the new Minor League Baseball landscape

— Benjamin Hill (@bensbiz) February 12, 2021

mookieproof, Friday, 12 February 2021 16:49 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

@mookieproof how's your Spanish?

Organization Name: Advocates for Minor Leaguers
Job Post Date: 19 Apr 2021
Job Terms: Full Time

Job Description

- Assisting Executive Director in facilitating a relationship of trust between Advocates for Minor Leaguers and each of more than 5,000 Minor League baseball players
- Fielding and responding to questions and requests from Minor League baseball players
- Organizing frequent meetings with the Advocates for Minor Leaguers player leaders
- Traveling to Minor League stadiums and Spring Training facilities to meet with Minor League players
- Supporting Grassroots Coordinator in execution of his or her job responsibilities


Skills: - Passionate about the mistreatment of Minor League baseball players
- Fluent in Spanish
- Experience with grassroots and/or union organizing
- Strong verbal communication skills
- Demonstrated leadership ability
- A willingness to travel and work irregular hours, including nights and weekends

Organization Description

Advocates for Minor Leaguers is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we encourage diverse candidates to apply.

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Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 20 April 2021 09:39 (five months ago) link

Here is the full release on the Pioneer League going to Home Run Derby instead of extra innings

— Shaun Rainey (@ShaunRainey) April 27, 2021

mookieproof, Wednesday, 28 April 2021 21:58 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

The theme of this thread: Holy shit, minor league starters are working way, way less hard. Remember when 100 pitches was normal?

In the last five days, four minor league pitchers have reached 100 pitches. Not four per level, not four per day, four *total* (all AAA vets)

— Brendan Gawlowski (@GawlowskiB) May 25, 2021

mookieproof, Tuesday, 25 May 2021 14:29 (three months ago) link

Seems like an overreaction to a pretty obvious development... teams know a lot more now about how fragile pitchers' arms are while their bodies are still growing. I would rather have more starting pitchers making it to the majors in one piece and then throwing deeper into games instead of everyone constantly getting TJs all the time

, Tuesday, 25 May 2021 18:27 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Not of general interest, but: I've posted before about Darren Shred, I guy I coached in middle school who was drafted by the Reds. That didn't work out, then he was playing for Barrie in the Intercounty League, then the pandemic I checked around, and it looks like he's moved on to something pretty good:

Actually, that happened just before the pandemic; hope he managed to hold on to this.

clemenza, Monday, 14 June 2021 22:11 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Very cool.

Andy K, Saturday, 4 September 2021 15:29 (two weeks ago) link

Single A Lakeland beat Clearwater yesterday, 10-5 -- on three hits. Correct: 10 runs on three hits. In what might or might not be a shocking revelation, Clearwater walked 16 Flying Tigers batters. Repeat: 16 walks. Clearwater's pitching coach remains under observation ...

— Lynn G. Henning (@Lynn_Henning) September 4, 2021

Andy K, Saturday, 4 September 2021 15:29 (two weeks ago) link

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