Spotlight on AA Ball – 4/9/08

Your AA News:

Remember how the Mets traded away several prospects to get Johan Santana in their starting rotation? Meet Fernando Martinez, the guy they kept. He’s 19 years old and already in AA with the Binghamton Mets, and he’s still the #1 prospect for the Mets. [Pressconnects.com]

For Art Solomon, owning the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) was not enough. He just reached into Georgia and bought the Columbus Catfish (Rays) as well. I only have one piece of advice for Mr. Solomon – keep your mascots far, far away from one another. It could be a tragedy in the making. [Columbus Catfish]

Royals owner David Glass has always taken heat for not living close enough to Kansas City. At least now he can claim to be keeping an eye on the club’s future, as the Wal-Mart exec’s office in Bentonville is just a few miles from the KC-affiliated AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals home in Springdale, AR. [NWANews.com]

If I may toot my own horn, I managed to work AA-ball into an article I wrote for ESPN: the Magazine’s website. I suggested that fans in San Antonio for the basketball try to fit in a baseball game between sessions. [ESPNmag.com]

In an attempt to make the game more homey, the Portland Sea Dogs have gone so far as to paint the women’s restrooms. Goin’ whole hog! [OurSports Central]

That’s all I have time for today. Check back for the first real Zimmerman-o-meter on Thursday, and AAA news on Friday.

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