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Bennett

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« Reply #7560 on: August 12, 2020, 03:41:45 pm »

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From TN Smokies Owner, Randy Boyd: Boyd Sports is teaming up with so many others in Knoxville to explore a potential new baseball complex in Downtown Knoxville - modeled after Chicago's famed Wrigleyville with a state-of-the-art stadium, apartments, shopping, and restaurants.


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Re: On The Farm
« Reply #7561 on: August 12, 2020, 05:13:44 pm »
Jackson could have done this for the Diamond Jaxx if they hadnít been so busy kissing Cardinals ass...
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« Reply #7562 on: September 03, 2020, 10:07:13 am »
Very lengthy article on the future of minor league baseball.  Please take time to read it.  It's not a pretty picture.

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The minor league system as it has existed for decades will effectively end when the current agreement between MLB and MiLB expires Sept. 30. MiLB's offices in St. Petersburg, Florida, will be shuttered, an MLB source told ESPN, and the minors will be run out of MLB's headquarters in New York City.

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.

"I don't think there's anything that could be said on behalf of Minor League Baseball that could make this change not occur," said Mahlon Luttrell, president and general manager of the Bristol Pirates in Virginia. "And we've come to realize that."

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29795127/why-mlb-minor-leagues-know-end-sept-30

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Re: On The Farm
« Reply #7563 on: September 03, 2020, 11:20:57 pm »
This isn't the first time that the minors contracted.  When Branch Rickey was GM of Brooklyn and St. Louis, they had more than 20 minor league teams.  Every little town has a team, right down to class D  leagues.  But baseball has lost it's appeal as it got competition from Basketball, Football and even Hockey teams in their areas, but the killer was the invention of television, which brought the superstars of the majors into everyone's living room, at least once a week or more.

In the 30s and 40s, minor league teams owned most of their players, and made a portion of their money by selling the better ones to one of the major league teams.  The cubs almost signed Joe Dimaggio before he finally went to the Yankees.