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by BruceB
Sat Sep 03, 2005 6:09 pm
Forum: Independent Baseball
Topic: Baseball in Mexico
Replies: 10
Views: 5344

Janos...Here's what I found out:

I've been corresponding with Carlos, and what he says is that the only "official" academy is the one in Monterrey. That one is run by the Mexican League, and the best players are taken in an annual draft by Mexican League teams. One such player, a shortstop named Paul Llano, came out of th...
by BruceB
Sat Sep 03, 2005 7:04 am
Forum: Independent Baseball
Topic: Women's baseball leagues
Replies: 3
Views: 2501

Women's baseball leagues

There probably aren't any women's leagues listed here because none are professional. There are a few amateur leagues in the East and a handful out west, but that's pretty much it. Right now, women's baseball is pretty much at the "grass-roots movement" stage. Check out the American Women's...
by BruceB
Sat Sep 03, 2005 6:56 am
Forum: Independent Baseball
Topic: Baseball in Mexico
Replies: 10
Views: 5344

Wow, you're heading into territory I'm not really familiar with. I've spent most of the past six months covering the Mexican League for OSC, and am getting ready to take on the MexPac once the LMB playoffs are over. I haven't spent much time on anything else down there. As far as I know, the Academy...
by BruceB
Fri May 27, 2005 6:10 am
Forum: Independent Baseball
Topic: minor league salaries
Replies: 1
Views: 2677

There's no set answer because there are so many variables. Is a guy in AAA signed to a major league contract? Is that shortstop in Single A a first or second round draft pick, or did he go in the 30th or 40th round? Whose organization does a guy play for? I hate to even guess, but I suppose I'd figu...
by BruceB
Tue Apr 12, 2005 1:22 am
Forum: Independent Baseball
Topic: Baseball in Mexico
Replies: 10
Views: 5344

As far as Mexico is concerned, there is just one league recognized by the National Association, and that is the Mexican League. While it is classified as a AAA league, it is otherwise entirely independent and self-sufficient (although Major League Baseball is handling stats this season). There have ...
by BruceB
Thu Mar 24, 2005 3:23 am
Forum: General Other Sports
Topic: Dismal Pro Sports Towns
Replies: 12
Views: 6185

I haven't been a regular on the site since 2001, so I was referring to the posts from that time in which people were plugging an NL team because the Tigers were moving to Comerica Park...a nice enough facility, if not a power hitter's park. Detroit in the CFL? Why not? They can't do any worse than S...
by BruceB
Thu Mar 17, 2005 5:47 am
Forum: General Other Sports
Topic: Dismal Pro Sports Towns
Replies: 12
Views: 6185

I think every point you made has some validity, but you have to think it's still a lot less costly to send a busload of "unpaid" teens on a ferry trip to the mainland for a road trip as opposed to sending paid adults on a plane to any number of towns east of the Mississippi River. I used t...
by BruceB
Wed Mar 16, 2005 4:13 pm
Forum: General Other Sports
Topic: Dismal Pro Sports Towns
Replies: 12
Views: 6185

You're right to a degree. The Sonics are looking for a new arena for the same reason George Shinn moved the Charlotte Hornets out of a 22,000-seat arena in a basketball hotbed to play in New Orleans: Luxury boxes. Makes you wonder who can afford to go to NBA games anymore. The outdoor venues are hur...
by BruceB
Wed Mar 16, 2005 2:23 am
Forum: General Other Sports
Topic: Dismal Pro Sports Towns
Replies: 12
Views: 6185

Yeah, they thought there was a buyer for the team in Tacoma last year, but apparently the deal fell through. They really do need to upgrade Cheney, but the Tacoma City Council is focusing on "improving" the Tacoma Dome (as you mentioned) by reconfiguring it as just another arena. Meanwhile...
by BruceB
Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:37 pm
Forum: General Other Sports
Topic: Dismal Pro Sports Towns
Replies: 12
Views: 6185

Ahhh, the Vistas. I'd forgotten about them. The impression I've gotten of Victoria when I've been there is that more people are into lawn bowling than the more traditional sports, like hockey. Here's a fairly large Canadian city with only a Tier II Junior team to show for it. They had a semipro base...

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