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RE: OT: MiLB realignment/contraction
(11-17-2020 08:20 AM)Pounce FTW Wrote:  
(11-16-2020 10:16 PM)Bobcat87 Wrote:  Love the minors, Majors were talking about contraction even before COVID hit. The epidemic certainly makes the situation for the minors worse, as they rely more heavily upon gate receipts (butts in seats) than the Big clubs do.

Have seen some talk about another “possibly” lost season (2021). I’m a bit concerned that as of this date, we still have no 2021 schedule for our PCL team.

Sugar Land was just announced as the Astros' new AAA affiliate. Seems like there could be more of a shakeup coming in Texas.

The Skeeters, a little surprised by the move (though it does keep ‘em closer to the Big Club). You happen to know who’ll be picking up Round Rock? Maybe the Rangers come back from Tenn.
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RE: OT: MiLB realignment/contraction
(11-17-2020 10:12 AM)Bobcat87 Wrote:  The Skeeters, a little surprised by the move (though it does keep ‘em closer to the Big Club). You happen to know who’ll be picking up Round Rock? Maybe the Rangers come back from Tenn.

I haven't seen any info on Round Rock. The impression that I'm getting from all of these articles is that the clubs getting dropped may have suspected it, but generally don't know it's actually happening until around the time the announcement is made. Which has to be...frustrating, especially for these teams high on the ladder.

I had been kind of assuming the Nolan Ryan connection would help ensure Round Rock lands in a good spot, but who knows...
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RE: OT: MiLB realignment/contraction
(11-11-2020 04:38 PM)seaking4steel Wrote:  
(11-11-2020 11:14 AM)Pounce FTW Wrote:  For any of you keeping up with the changes coming to Minor League Baseball, I have a few questions:

1. Is there a good central location to keep up with the current state of things? I know we got the NYT "list" of teams last year that are supposed to make the cut, but since then it seems like there have just been a few bits of info here and there (and I don't think the list has necessarily held up). I pretty much depend on the news feed on my phone to let me know if anything interesting happens.

2. Anything interesting taking shape in your neck of the woods? I just moved to North Jersey and found out soon after that the Somerset Patriots are moving from unaffiliated to AA for the Yankees, which will be nice if we get a season next year.

3. If you're a MiLB fan, what's your take on the changes? I'm overall undecided, as growing up in a small South Georgia town meant the minors were a huge part of my childhood, and I hate to see communities lose that. However, I actually kind of like the increase in MLB involvement over the past couple of decades, as I can see big benefits to a farm system that has a lot of continuity organizationally and geographically. So...maybe this is overall for the best.

Anyway, just some random questions.

1. I follow Ballpark Digest and Minor League Baseball on twitter. Those are the two best sources regarding the affiliate changes. Ballpark Digest in particular has been busy covering the recent changes.

2. Not much change here in Central NC so far. Only change has been is that Burlington is moving to collegiate wood bat along with the rest of the Appy League. Very disappointing, I have been wanting to go to a game for a while. At least they aren't getting contracted entirely.

3. I understand and support the idea of Minor League Baseball getting more regional with regards to affiliation. However, MLB is going about this the wrong way. Gutting the Minors is going to increase alienation to the sport. What the MLB is doing is attempting to get a death grip on the entirety of baseball that is played in the US. This is just another factor in Rob Manfred's attempts to make the majors more corporate. IMO, this will accomplish nothing but further turn people away from the game.
I sometimes hit the Grasshoppers and sometimes hit Burlington, or at least did in the before time. Burlington was cheaper tickets, cheaper refreshments and free parking compared to Greensboro. Also an older stadium that was moved from Danville. Some history there.

I'll miss that as an option for pro ball but will take in something they offer at some point in the future. With High Point in the Atlantic I am not sure about the CPL and HiToms continuing to exist. This is a lot of baseball in the Triad area with 5 teams within a short drive and Durham, Danville, Kannapolis just down the road.
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RE: OT: MiLB realignment/contraction
(11-18-2020 12:54 PM)McLeansvilleAppFan Wrote:  
(11-11-2020 04:38 PM)seaking4steel Wrote:  
(11-11-2020 11:14 AM)Pounce FTW Wrote:  For any of you keeping up with the changes coming to Minor League Baseball, I have a few questions:

1. Is there a good central location to keep up with the current state of things? I know we got the NYT "list" of teams last year that are supposed to make the cut, but since then it seems like there have just been a few bits of info here and there (and I don't think the list has necessarily held up). I pretty much depend on the news feed on my phone to let me know if anything interesting happens.

2. Anything interesting taking shape in your neck of the woods? I just moved to North Jersey and found out soon after that the Somerset Patriots are moving from unaffiliated to AA for the Yankees, which will be nice if we get a season next year.

3. If you're a MiLB fan, what's your take on the changes? I'm overall undecided, as growing up in a small South Georgia town meant the minors were a huge part of my childhood, and I hate to see communities lose that. However, I actually kind of like the increase in MLB involvement over the past couple of decades, as I can see big benefits to a farm system that has a lot of continuity organizationally and geographically. So...maybe this is overall for the best.

Anyway, just some random questions.

1. I follow Ballpark Digest and Minor League Baseball on twitter. Those are the two best sources regarding the affiliate changes. Ballpark Digest in particular has been busy covering the recent changes.

2. Not much change here in Central NC so far. Only change has been is that Burlington is moving to collegiate wood bat along with the rest of the Appy League. Very disappointing, I have been wanting to go to a game for a while. At least they aren't getting contracted entirely.

3. I understand and support the idea of Minor League Baseball getting more regional with regards to affiliation. However, MLB is going about this the wrong way. Gutting the Minors is going to increase alienation to the sport. What the MLB is doing is attempting to get a death grip on the entirety of baseball that is played in the US. This is just another factor in Rob Manfred's attempts to make the majors more corporate. IMO, this will accomplish nothing but further turn people away from the game.
I sometimes hit the Grasshoppers and sometimes hit Burlington, or at least did in the before time. Burlington was cheaper tickets, cheaper refreshments and free parking compared to Greensboro. Also an older stadium that was moved from Danville. Some history there.

I'll miss that as an option for pro ball but will take in something they offer at some point in the future. With High Point in the Atlantic I am not sure about the CPL and HiToms continuing to exist. This is a lot of baseball in the Triad area with 5 teams within a short drive and Durham, Danville, Kannapolis just down the road.

. . . and how about those Woodpeckers . . .
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OT: MiLB realignment/contraction
(11-17-2020 10:12 AM)Bobcat87 Wrote:  
(11-17-2020 08:20 AM)Pounce FTW Wrote:  
(11-16-2020 10:16 PM)Bobcat87 Wrote:  Love the minors, Majors were talking about contraction even before COVID hit. The epidemic certainly makes the situation for the minors worse, as they rely more heavily upon gate receipts (butts in seats) than the Big clubs do.

Have seen some talk about another “possibly” lost season (2021). I’m a bit concerned that as of this date, we still have no 2021 schedule for our PCL team.

Sugar Land was just announced as the Astros' new AAA affiliate. Seems like there could be more of a shakeup coming in Texas.

The Skeeters, a little surprised by the move (though it does keep ‘em closer to the Big Club). You happen to know who’ll be picking up Round Rock? Maybe the Rangers come back from Tenn.


Same. And talk about keeping your Triple A affiliate close, try the same metro. I thought Round Rock was pretty good for an affiliate, drive instead of fly for assignment, same state, decent market, different market for purposes of regional engagement in the team.
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RE: OT: MiLB realignment/contraction
(11-19-2020 07:00 AM)CajunFan3406 Wrote:  Same. And talk about keeping your Triple A affiliate close, try the same metro. I thought Round Rock was pretty good for an affiliate, drive instead of fly for assignment, same state, decent market, different market for purposes of regional engagement in the team.

Yeah, while I lived in Atlanta, it always felt like Gwinnett was too close to ever have their own identity, which is I assume why they finally changed the name away from the Braves. I guess it works, though; I think Seattle has had Tacoma as an affiliate for 20-something years.

EDIT: I did see one or two sources speculating that Round Rock will revive their Rangers affiliation. Which would keep the dominos tumbling...surely Nashville will stay AAA...
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