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Archives: Sept. 10-16, 2007

Archives: Sept. 10-16, 2007 Ryan steps down as Twins GM; Smith named successor Posted Sept. 14, 2007 (feedback) (submit story) (discuss) Terry Ryan, who established the current model for turning a midmarket team with limited resources into a winning franchise, stepped down as GM of the Minnesota Twins yesterday. Longtime assistant GM Bill Smith was […]

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Archives: Sept. 2-8, 2007

Archives: Sept. 2-8, 2007 Spirit gives up ghost in Lynn Posted Sept. 7, 2007 (feedback) (submit story) (discuss) Yesterday we alluded to this happening, and now it’s almost official: owner Nick Lopardo will shut down the North Shore Spirit (independent; Can-Am Association) at the end of the season (the team is still in the Can-Am […]

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Archives: Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2007

Archives: Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2007> Jeff Nelson’s comeback: Satisfying but tiring Posted Sept. 1, 2007 (feedback) (submit story) (discuss) Jeff Nelson was never so happy to see a ground-ball out in his life. Not that he had anything against Rondell White, whose roller to 3B Ross Gload was the last out in Kansas City’s 9-4 […]

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Cobb Field / Billings Mustangs

This is a baseball stadium without pretension, providing one of the purer baseball experiences in the minor leagues. If you don’t have an interest in baseball, you’re not going to like Cobb Field. But if you like baseball, you’ll love Cobb Field. Home to minor-league baseball since 1948, Cobb Field offers the same basic baseball […]

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Archives: Aug. 19-25, 2007

Archives: Aug. 19-25, 2007 Lessons for the Lerners: what to steal from other ballparks Posted Aug. 25, 2007 (feedback) (submit story) (discuss) The Washington Post’s Marc Fisher visits a few other major-league parks and asks what lessons can be applied to the new Washington Nationals ballpark. It’s probably a little late in the process for […]

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Twins land arbitration decision settles little for now, but trial may be avoided

The land sale condemnation process for the Minnesota Twins new ballpark settled very little, but a November trial could be avoided based on the earliest indications. Despite an automatic 48-hour cooling-off period for arbitration proceedings, public comments made by both sides indicated that avoiding a trial was possible.By Jim Robins   The land sale condemnation […]

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Archives: Aug. 12-18, 2007

Archives: Aug. 12-18, 2007 Selig: Relocation an option if ballpark issue not settled Posted Aug. 17, 2007 (feedback) (submit story) (discuss) Bud Selig opened the door Thursday to the possibility the Florida Marlins could relocate if they are unable to hammer out a deal to build a retractable-roof ballpark in South Florida. You’ve got to […]

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NCAA finalizes sweeping changes for baseball programs: scholarship changes, squad sizes and academic expectations

Baseball season start dates and student eligibility rules for NCAA Division I colleges and universities will undergo a major transformation next spring and the following year.By Jim Robins   Baseball season start dates and student eligibility rules for NCAA Division I colleges and universities will undergo a major transformation next spring and the following year. […]

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Archives: Aug. 5-11, 2007

Archives: Aug. 5-11, 2007 Durham Athletic Park upgrade may cost more Posted Aug. 10, 2007 (feedback) (submit story) (discuss) The price of becoming the center of the Minor League Baseball universe appears to be going up by $1 million. And initial indications Thursday were that the city might be willing to pay it. City Council […]

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Archives: July 29-Aug. 4, 2007

Archives: July 29-Aug. 4, 2007 Ballpark negotiations over; now to sell it Posted Aug. 3, 2007 (feedback) (submit story) (discuss) The fate of the potential remodeling of Ed Smith Stadium for future use by the Cincinnati Reds as a spring-training venue will depend on the results of a referendum this fall. Voters will be asked […]

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In memoriam: Butch Fisher

When Butch Fisher passed away Wednesday in St. Paul after a battle with cancer at age 69, he left behind a legacy of 37 sterling years working in baseball as an umpire and a supervisor. Among his prize pupils were two local kids who worked their way to the major leagues — Tim Tschida and […]

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