In many ways, it’s a dream come true for baseball players to play in the minor leagues of North America. To get into minor leagues, players need to build their skills throughout youth leagues, high school and college competitions. During the high school and college years, baseball players have a great chance to be noticed by scouts that represent minor league teams throughout the United States and Canada.
Minor league baseball players play for much lower salaries than Read the rest of this entry »
Almost every baseball fan dreams of becoming an umpire. While the process to become a minor league umpire is rather simple, umpiring is not the easiest profession to obtain. The relatively low turnover in umpires means that there are only a few opening positions each year.
The first thing you must do to become a minor league umpire is enroll in one of the three umpire schools accredited by Major League Baseball. Since there are not going to be many job openings, you must make a name for yourself while attending Read the rest of this entry »
Super fans come in all shapes and sizes and are usually about as diverse as the sports that they enjoy watching. However, the major leagues don’t last forever so what do you do when baseball and football and all the other sports shows you get through Directv NFL Sunday Ticket or the like take a break for the season? Well, if you are anything like me, you really can’t go a day without some kind of baseball fix and when the majors are taking a break to regroup, I usually turn my attention to the minor league.
Yeah, sure, the minor league isn’t anything crazy to write home about nor is it as sensationalized as the main event, but it does give me something to look at while I wait for the big bears to come out of hibernation. Plus, it’s always nice to keep track of who is really excelling in the minors because you never know when they will finally make that jump into the big leagues and, at least then, you can always say “I knew them when” If you are in desperate need of some baseball during the off-season, then check out your local listings and keep track of the minors.
The system known as Minor League Baseball (MiLB) was founded in 1901, when The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues was formed, consisting of 14 leagues and 96 teams. The league was created in response to several independent leagues’ concerns that the “big two” of the American and National Leagues would doom the entire sport with their continuous raiding of independent talent pools.
For its inaugural season in 1902, the NAPBL was divided into four classifications. These were labeled A, B, C and D, to denote the various skill levels of particular players and teams. The Read the rest of this entry »
There are nearly a dozen different leagues of minor league baseball that are currently in the midst of their seasons. Of the more than 100 minor league teams playing in those leagues, there are definitely a few that stand out above the rest. If you’re looking for the best team in all of minor league baseball, it’s undoubtedly the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League and affiliates of the New York Mets. St. Lucie is the only team in all of baseball Read the rest of this entry »
The minor leagues of professional baseball are an assortment of prodegies and developing players who are still working on their baseball skills, but the most popular often tend to be the “bonus baby” players who were drafted immediately out of high school or had significant success at the college baseball level.
College players are often ready for the major leagues, but still need a stint in the minors to hone their skills a bit more and understand the differences in the professional and collegiate games. Players that come straight Read the rest of this entry »
All across the heartland you can hear the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd at baseball stadiums. I’m not talking about cities like Cincinnati, New York, and St. Louis. These are cities like Clinton, IA, Evansville, IN, and Toledo, OH. Yes, these small towns have professional baseball teams too. They play in much larger stadiums and are filled with players that are striving to fulfill their lifelong dream of playing baseball on the world’s biggest stage. What we’re talking about here is the Read the rest of this entry »
Professional baseball is unique in professional sports in that they actually maintain a tri-level minor league system. The National Basketball Association has a developmental league, but not as extensive as minor league baseball.
Much of the success in baseball is built on playing everday and maintaining the hand-eye coordination skills that are necessary to play the game. Pitching, however, is actually the focus in the minors because so many professional teams enjoy success based on the success of their Read the rest of this entry »