Archive for October, 2007

Interns Wanted for York Revolution

york.gifIf you’re interested in working in the bus leagues, the York Revolution are currently seeking an intern. As always, flexibility is key, salary is low, and the future is dim. But it’s baseball, and if you’re young and single, you can afford to give it a shot and try to work your way up.

Although every Revolution intern can count on getting a well-rounded experience, each intern will be assigned to a specific area of the operation as their primary focus. The potential areas of concentration are:

  • Season Ticket and Plan Sales
  • Group Ticket Sales
  • Box Office Operations
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Community Relations
  • Corporate Partnership
  • Stadium Operations
  • Baseball Operations

  • [Keystone Baseball]

    I think my friends who have done this type of job (including OMDQ) can agree that sales is a pretty big part of the gig. But there’s a lot of fun involved, too, along with a chance to move up in the ranks. Can you make it to the show as an intern? Probably not, but maybe you can lay the foundations.

    We Now Have a Role Model

    OMDQ and I often joke about how we’re going to become famous for our travels in search of minor-league baseball. Apparently, it’s already been done, but it only made one man Lancaster-famous.

    LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. – A love of America’s Pastime, a chance to see the country and some downtime after his manufacturing company stopped production were the key factors in guiding Chuck Barrage’s minor-league baseball journey this season.

    Barrage, of Honey Brook, has visited 84 minor and major league parks since the beginning of 2007, seeing every home team play in four leagues and collecting a variety of memorabilia along the way.

    [Lancaster Intelligencer]

    He traveled as far north as Maine and as far south as Mexico, and he has the memorabilia to prove it.

    But he doesn’t have a blog, so we’re still one step ahead.

    Jay Bruce on Video

    OMDQ and I have been talking a lot about Jay Bruce recently, because he has been anointed as the best Bus Leaguer around by a couple of influential publications. I thought I’d hit YouTube and find the Zapruder film on the guy before he blows up in Cincy next year.

    First, here he is a couple of years ago in Dayton A ball. I admit I used this video just so you could get a look at the funky black wall in center, and the dragon-infested scoreboard.

    And this one from the current season, in which he whacks a home run at AAA Louisville

    What strikes me about the second video is the almost stiff upright posture of Bruce’s stance, which doesn’t appear to be very powerful until he flicks his wrists and begins to trot around the bases. Wow.

    For more about Jay Bruce and the other top prospects for 2008, check out this top 25 list from our amigo Matthew Whipps at The Diamond Cutter.

    Baseball America Minor League Players of the Year, 1981-2006

    As Extra P. noted earlier this week, Cincinnati Reds farmhand Jay Bruce took home Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year award following a season in which he hit .319 with 26 homeruns and 89 runs batted in at three minor league levels.

    Bruce wasn’t rewarded for his excellent season with a September call-up, so Reds fans have yet to see what the 20-year-old can do to major league pitching.  His victory, however, prompted me to look deeper into the history of the award and see if it tells us what we might one day expect from The Cincinnati Kid.

    According to Wikipedia, Baseball America has named a Minor League Player of the Year for every season since 1981.  Those winners and their statistics for the year (when available) are listed in the tables below:

    Player Year League BA HR RBI
    Mike Marshall 1981 PCL .373 34 137
    Ron Kittle 1982 PCL .345 50 144
    Jose Canseco 1985 2 levels .333 36 127
    Gregg Jefferies 1986 3 levels .353 16 111
    Gregg Jefferies 1987 Texas .367 20 101
    Sandy Alomar 1989 PCL .306 13 101
    Frank Thomas 1990 Southern .323 18 101
    Derek Bell 1991 International .346 13 93
    Tim Salmon 1992 PCL .347 29 105
    Manny Ramirez 1993 2 levels .333 31 115
    Derek Jeter 1994 3 levels .344 5 70
    Andruw Jones 1995 SAL .277 25 100
    Andruw Jones 1996 3 levels .339 34 92
    Paul Konerko 1997 PCL .323 37 127
    Eric Chavez 1998 2 levels .327 33 126
    Rocco Baldelli 2002 3 levels .331 19 71
    Joe Mauer 2003 2 levels .338 5 85
    Delmon Young 2005 2 levels .315 26 99
    Alex Gordon 2006 Texas .325 29 101
    Player Year League W-L SO ERA
    Dwight Gooden 1983 Carolina 19-4 300 2.50
    Mike Bielecki 1984 PCL 19-3 162 2.97
    Tom Gordon 1988 3 levels 16-5 263 1.55
    Rick Ankiel 1999 2 levels 13-3 194 2.35
    Jon Rauch 2000 2 levels 16-4 187 2.66
    Josh Beckett 2001 2 levels 14-1 203 1.54
    Jeff Francis 2004 2 levels 16-3 196 2.21

    By my count, there are three certain Hall of Famers in that group (Thomas, Ramirez, Jeter), some exceptional players and a bunch of serviceable major leaguers.  Based on stats alone, I think my favorites are Kittle (as prevalent as 50 homer seasons were in the majors over the past ten years, they haven’t been so common in the minors), Gooden (300 strikeouts in 191 innings pitched – 14.14 per nine innings) and Beckett (include his major league stats with the Marlins and his combined ERA actually goes down).

    It will be interesting to see what happens in 2008 – Bruce will be 21 on April 3 and the Reds are often incompetent, which means he could be kept in the minors for another year of “seasoning”.  If that happens, he could become the third player to win the award twice.  It’s anybody’s guess, in that case, which career path he follows: the Jefferies or the Jones.

    Statistics: The Baseball Cube, Minor League Reference

    Rockies Vote Full Playoff Share to Coolbaugh Family

    coolbaugh.jpgMike Coolbaugh had only been coaching first base for the Tulsa Drillers for a few weeks when a line drive struck him in the neck and killed him. To the players and administrators at Tulsa’s parent club, the Colorado Rockies, that makes no difference. Coolbaugh was family, and you take care of family.

    In this case, taking care of family means voting a full playoff share to Coolbaugh’s wife, Amanda, and his young children Joseph and Jacob (Deadspin commenter Upstate Underdog reminds me that Coolbaugh’s widow is also pregnant with the couple’s third child).

    Rookie shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was with Hurdle at a press conference when the manager revealed the players’ decision, said some of the veteran players brought up the idea and the rest of the squad agreed.

    “We decided as a team … it was the right thing to do,” Tulowitzki said.

    [MiLB.com]

    And with that, the Rockies’ already impressive run to the MLB playoffs becomes inspirational and meaningful outside of the events on the field. Kudos to the elated Colorado players in the wild-card hunt for taking time out to remember what life is really about.

    Former Drillers on the Rockies’ Playoff Roster:

    Jeff Baker-Outfielder (2004)
    Manuel Corpas-Pitcher (2006)
    Jeff Francis-Pitcher (2004)
    Brad Hawpe-Outfielder (2003)
    Matt Holliday-Outfielder (2003, 2005)
    Chris Iannetta-Catcher (2005, 2006)
    Ubaldo Jimenez-Pitcher (2005, 2006)
    Franklin Morales-Pitcher (2007)
    Mark Redman-Pitcher (2007)
    Seth Smith-Outfielder (2006)
    Ryan Spilborghs-Outfielder (2005)
    Ryan Speier-Pitcher (2004)
    Cory Sullivan-Outfielder (2003)
    Troy Tulowitzki-Shortstop (2006)

    [TulsaDrillers.com]

    Ypsilanti Citizens Group Writes Own Proposal to Bring Minor Leagues to Town

    I liked the moxie here. The city of Ypsilanti (fun to say, very fun to say) has a property that needs to be developed, and one group of baseball-loving citizens has formed a council to voice support for the notion of bringing a minor-league team in, and even drawn up a stadium plan:

    The committee has created a rough sketch of the plan for the stadium and surrounding community. Using about 16 acres, the stadium would seat 6,000 to 7,500 people and would feature an out-door market in front of the entrance. Light residential and commercial use would be located north of the stadium, with storefronts along Michigan Avenue and loft apartments overlooking the stadium. A proposed hotel would be located to the south of the stadium, again featuring rooms with a view of the ball game.

    Hill called it the “first conceptual design.”

    However, he said the group is working with private investors and the Michigan department of Transportation to create a formal site plan for the stadium. He said the site plan is one of the criteria the city requires for developing the Water Street Project.

    [east-cross.com]

    These citizens want the site developed regardless, they’ve said that if another proposal wins, they’ll be happy. But kudos to them for getting creative and coming up with what sounds like a beautiful plan.

    Photos: Elizabethton Twins @ Danville Braves 7/15/07

    Danville, VA hosts the Rookie team for the Atlanta Braves. They play in Dan Daniel Stadium, which is part of a very nice complex that includes a park and municipal ball fields. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image.

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    The ticket teepee, concession workers, international dugout, kids run the bases

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    Hand-written lineups, sno-cones, one on, watching from the dugout.

    If you go to a game at Danville, pay the extra couple of bucks to sit under the overhang behind home plate. It gets hot and humid down in tobacco country.