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Posted: August 27, 2006, 1:09 PM Post
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Selfishly I would just like a team closer to Wisconsin so I could watch out guys in action once in a while. I agree that we probably need to leave brevard and go to Carolina though.


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The Brewers departure from Beloit was on friendly terms. IIRC, Beloit is a non-profit team, meaning they're perfectly happy with their existence as long as they break even. As long as they draw enough people to pay the bills they see no reason to upgrade their facilities.


The Snappers are looking for a new stadium. The latest is off of the Avalon Rd/Hwy 11 exit in Southern Janesville, and I believe the Twins just re-upped with the Snappers. IF the Snappers get a new stadium in Janesville the Twins will be the Major League affiliate as long as Terry Ryan is GM.


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If Mark A decided he wanted the Crew's low A team in Apple-ton, it'd get done. However, I doubt it's near the top of his list.

Remember, Doug did say the Midwest League was basically a 125 game season due to the weather, so it is probable the team feels it isn't worth it.


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Brewers extend relationship with three Minor League affiliates

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers announced today the extension of player development contracts with three of the club's minor league affiliates. The Brewers Double-A affiliate, the Huntsville Stars, signed a two-year extension running through September 30, 2008; Class-A Brevard County Manatees signed a four-year extension running through September 30, 2010 and the Brewers Rookie affiliate, the Helena Brewers, signed a two-year extension running through September 30, 2008.

"We are very excited to extend the relationship we have with these three clubs," said Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager, Doug Melvin. "Huntsville, Brevard County and Helena have all provided the critical resources and environment needed to continue developing and preparing our young players for our organization."

Huntsville has been a Brewers affiliate since the 1999 season and is a member of the Southern League. The Stars play at Joe W. Davis Stadium in Huntsville, Ala. Brevard County is currently in its second season as a Brewers affiliate and is a member of the Florida State League. The Manatees play at Space Coast Stadium in Melbourne, Fla. The Helena Brewers have been an affiliate since the 2003 season and play in the Pioneer League. Helena-which also had an affiliation with the Brewers from 1985 - 2000, plays its home games at Kindrick Field in Helena, Mont.

In July of this year, the Brewers announced an extension of its player development contract with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League through the 2010 season.


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Wow, the four-year commitment to the Florida State League is a surprise -- the Brewers must love the Space Coast Stadium facilities, and apparently the Nationals are happy with their high-A arrangement, and aren't interested in making their spring training home their high-A entry.

I believe there's still time for West Virginia -- but the fact nothing was announced today is not a good sign -- that'd be a disappointment.

Manatee GM Buck Rogers is hopeful of getting an audio deal for 2007 and beyond (hey, some affiliates do internet only -- that'd be OK), so we can hope for that.

Old friends in Huntsville and Helena -- nothing wrong with that.


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Oh yeah, that investment in Manatee merchandise is now a must. My kid will like that :) .


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The weather and the facilities seem to be what the Crew is concerned about.


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Power will be back but maybe not with Brewers
Story by Nicole Ward

Fans who came out for the Power's last game of the season thought Mother Nature could have been a bit more gracious.

"Oh yeah. I wanted to see them off tonight. They've given us a great season this year," said Charles Nichols, in the pouring rain outside Power Alley Grill.

Nichols and his wife Karen came to 15 games this summer.

Said Karen, "My daughter came with us when she was in from Houston and she was very impressed with the park -- she compared it to Minute Maid Park -- so that's a big compliment."

Appalachian Power Park is becoming a crowd pleaser -- due in no small part to the major league team the Power is affiliated with, said General Manager Andy Milovich.

"We've been happy with the Brewers -- we've had a great two years."

But now it's time to look at whether to re-sign with each other -- or look for new affiliates.

"You can re-up with the team you're currently with at any point during the season and then in September -- the first two weeks you can explore other teams -- the last two weeks you can sign contracts," explained Milovich.

Milovich would not say whether the Power is looking to sign with other teams or not. But he does say they own the rights to a South Atlantic league franchise. So you can expect to see more baseball here for at least 18 more seasons.

"There's no worries that the West Virginia Power won't be here."

Good news for people like the Nichols.


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Brevard County Press Release:

Manatees Sign for Four Years with the Brew Crew
The Milwaukee Brewers renew their Player Development Contract with the Brevard County Manatees until 2010

Dr. Tom Winters, owner of the Brevard County Manatees signed a four-year Player Development Contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. The new PDC ensures that the Manatees will be a Brewer's affiliate until 2010. This exciting agreement ensures fans will have the opportunity to see some of Milwaukee's best prospects play on the field at Space Coast Stadium for years to come.

The four-year PDC is one of only a few in Minor League Baseball. The minimum, two-year contract is what most Major League clubs sign with their farm teams. The four-year contract demonstrates that an affiliate is happy with the facilities, staff and treatment of their minor league players.

Winters said, "We have really enjoyed watching our players develop in one of the best farm systems in baseball. Central Florida Baseball Group appreciates very much the good faith commitment of the Brewers to extend a long term working relationship to the Manatees. We are proud to be part of the Brewers family."

The Brevard County Manatees signed as the Brewers Affiliate in 2004 after the Washington Nationals moved their team to Potomac. In the last two seasons, Major Leaguers such as Ty Taubenheim, now with the Blue Jays; top prospects, such as Yovani Gallardo, a Futures Game All-Star; and First Round Draft Picks, such as Ryan Braun and Mark Rogers have played in a Manatees uniform. Fans will now have the opportunity to see many more of the Brewers best farm hands display their skills on the field for years to come.

General Manager Buck Rogers said about the signing, "The Brewers are a first class organization to work for and I am thrilled that we have a guaranteed four years as their affiliate."


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Manatees, Brewers agree on four-year deal
FSL season ends for Brevard today
Scott Brown, Florida Today

Roughly 3,500 tosses into the Brevard County Manatees' attempt Saturday to reclaim the world record for most pregame first pitches thrown, general manager Buck Rogers reflected on the team's first season under private ownership.

Rogers talked excitedly about what is ahead for the Class A minor-league team based in Viera.

First and foremost, Rogers said, the Manatees, who play their final game of the season this afternoon against the visiting Daytona Cubs, aren't going anywhere.

That appears to be true on several fronts.

The Manatees recently signed a four-year professional development contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, their parent club. The significance of this is that contracts between major-league organizations and minor-league teams generally run two years.

The new agreement reflects a strong relationship between the Brewers and Manatees, and cooperation between the Manatees and Washington Nationals also appears to be good.

The Nationals have new ownership, and representatives of that group have met with the Manatees, who now are owned by a group headed by Tom Winters, an Orlando-area physician.

The two sides have had positive discussions about continuing what is certainly a unique situation: the Nationals training here in the spring but having their high Class A team based somewhere else, while another organization's high-A squad plays at Space Coast Stadium.

"We're going to be at Space Coast Stadium for years into the future," Rogers said.

That is a good thing for all of Brevard County, since minor- league baseball offers family-friendly entertainment and a chance to see future big-leaguers.

Former Manatees who have made it to the majors include Edgar Renteria, Scott Podsednik, Kevin Millar, Ryan Dempster, Josh Beckett and Chad Cordero.

Yovani Gallardo, a pitcher who opened the season with Brevard County, is sure to join that list sometime soon.

Gallardo helped the Manatees win 10 of their first 11 games this season.

That torrid start worked against Brevard County to some degree, as a bunch of key players, including Gallardo, earned early promotions.

By the end of July, only one starting pitcher (Josh Wahpepah) who opened the season with the Manatees still was with the team.

Brevard County did make a run at the Florida State League East Division title in the first half of the season. But the Manatees' late playoff push in the second half was blunted by bad weather.

The Manatees, who took a five-game winning streak into Saturday's doubleheader, had four home games canceled this past week because of rain.

"Everything was rolling until Mother Nature gave us a swift kick," Rogers said.

Still, Rogers called the season a success.

"We hate to see it end," he said.


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Posted: September 05, 2006, 3:04 AM Post
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Washington's high-A team is one I've seen for a number of years (mini-plans since 2004). It's very convenient for rehab assignments (I think the furthest a team has to travel is Myrtle Beach). I'd be very surprised to see them shift from Potomac.


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don't want to jinx it, but Hickory would be exponentilly better for me than WV...my brother lives in Hickory and its only 1.5 hours from me..

good stuff...although the stadium is kinda blah...


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Just where does the Power go from here?
Jack Bogaczyk
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It was a record year at Appalachian Power Park. In 20 years of low Class A baseball in Charleston, no home team hit like the West Virginia Power.

Presumably, if the ticket count means anything, the second year of Baby Brewers playing Power ball was a hit, too. A home attendance record of 239,721 was achieved, and the figure would have pressed 270,000 without six rainouts.

Outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Darren Ford proved to be more than entertaining at the top of the batting order. They used their bat and feet to club-record levels in hits and steals. Right-hander Will Inman bounced back from an early season arm injury and has a chance to lead all of full-season minor league ball in ERA.

For only the third time in a decade, Charleston baseball fans had a team that posted a winning record in both South Atlantic League half-seasons -- a pair of second-place finishes. The Power's .277 team batting average was a franchise record, and by 13 points.

Sounds great ... but the Power-Brewer two-year affiliation agreement has ended. As fans prepare to rest their toast-catching skills, the lack of a renewal with Milwaukee is as evident as a scorcher to the scoreboard gap.

Last Saturday, the Brewers announced they had re-upped with their Class AA, high A and short-season A affiliates in Huntsville, Brevard County (Fla.) and Helena, respectively. They had done Triple-A Nashville (through 2010) in July.

Conspicuous by its absence was West Virginia, which, with good crowds in a nice facility, is a place teams should want their prospects to play.

Make no mistake, Milwaukee wants to stay here.

The question is whether the Power will turn elsewhere for a parent club.

Under threats of stiff fines from the National Association (the minors' governing body), minor league clubs cannot discuss negotiations on Player Development Contracts (PDC).

Power General Manager Andy Milovich won't even say if the team has filed for a potential PDC change, which must be done by Sept. 11 -- or the renewal is automatic.

"I would prefer not to negotiate in the newspaper," Reid Nichols, Milwaukee's assistant GM and director of player development, said Tuesday. "All I can tell you, really, is that we are in the process of talking with the ownership there."

While conceding that the Brewers don't deliver much buzz in the market, the Power's other PDC options aren't great. The regional clubs the Power may want to link with aren't available. Cincinnati isn't leaving Dayton as a low Class A site. Cleveland will stay with neighboring Lake County.

Pittsburgh, thought not so long ago to be a possible target, will stay in the SAL in Hickory, although it hasn't been announced yet. Clubs that may be available are Kansas City, Texas, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Colorado, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, the Mets and White Sox.

It's doubtful the Phillies would bolt neighboring Lakewood, or the Orioles would fly from nearby Delmarva. The Nationals do want out of Savannah, and the Mets are said to be hoping to punt Hagerstown. The Chisox may be the defending World Series champs, but they have one of the worst records in the minors in 2006.

Alan Levin is the managing partner in the West Virginia Baseball LLC ownership.

Ultimately, it's his call on the affiliation, and it seems he's holding out for something from someone.

If Charleston can't land the Reds, Indians or Pirates, it makes sense to bring back the Brewers -- unless there is some overriding reason or Milwaukee didn't deliver on a private promise.

You could end up with a club that's a lot worse.

Milwaukee has had good players and good people here. After a rough first half to 2005, the Power has played 14 games over .500.

As players like Yovani Gallardo, Ryan Braun and Inman make their way to Milwaukee in the near future, the connection that doesn't exist now will be formed.

The Brewers were under .500 at the two clubs below the Power in the organization, but Nichols indicated Tuesday that more than a few ?06 Power players would repeat the low Class A step to begin next April.

I'd be surprised if the Power ditches the Brewers. Considering some of the alternatives ... you could be working with Reid Nichols, or wooden nickels.


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Posted: September 07, 2006, 7:47 AM Post
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I'm a little disappointed with the renewal of the Manatees mainly because they do not have much of a fan presence here at BF.net. Has anyone explored how much the cost is to get a small BF.net ad in our affilaites programs? Has that been done before? I'd be willing to chip in. It helps the atmosphere when we have first-hand views.

I also agree with another poster. I'll actually have to plunk down some coin to get Manatees gear. I was holding off because I thought they would be gone after 2 years. What to do with my fitted Power ball cap if they move...


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I'll take the Power cap, but I'd prefer they stay and you keep it! I tell you what, my family and I served as a host family for WV this year, and really got to know several of the guys...these guys here were fantastic...great ballplayers, and great people! Cain, Ford, Inman, Salome, Gamel, Bell, Brantley.....I can't wait to watch these guys in the bigs some day....It will be a dream outfield with those three guys, and Salome is one of the most fan friendly players I have ever met.....then there's Inman, Derek Miller, Dave Welch, Steve Garrison, Joe Thatcher, and I saw Kevin Robert hit 97 on the gun one day....they may not be Brewers....yet! but they sure were fun to watch!! Thanks guys!


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The Brewers were under .500 at the two clubs below the Power in the organization, but Nichols indicated Tuesday that more than a few ?06 Power players would repeat the low Class A step to begin next April.

An interesting comment from Nichols. I suppose Salome could head back there given his ankle situation, but his bat sure could be bumped up. Maybe pogo (I think it was pogo) is right and Brantley spends another year in low-A so Gillespie can join Cain & Ford in BC. Some of the young pitchers? I don't know, most of the hitters at that level certainly hit and deserve a bump up.

Since I mentioned pogo, sorry, as the story above notes, the Pirates are expected to re-up with Hickory.

Has anyone explored how much the cost is to get a small BF.net ad in our affilaites programs? Has that been done before? I'd be willing to chip in. It helps the atmosphere when we have first-hand views.

That's actually a really good idea. I think we talked about it a little bit with the Snappers a while back, but we didn't have the resources to make it happen. We also didn't have the number of users back then either, so I'm sure one of our annual pledge drives could make a meager marketing budget effective.

wvpowerblkwel, thanks for your comments this season. Ever since the Power started their affiliation with the Brewers I've been wanting to get out to see the team. It seems we always have a few people make the trek to Nashville or even Huntsville, but BC and WV don't get many looks, other than from pogo who gets to see them in Greensboro a few times a year. The first-hand observations are definitely appreciated and we love having locals hang out around these parts! Put in a good word for the Brewers.


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yea that was me on Brantley...i think we'll see some of the older guys who no longer have a position repeat...like Yoho, maybe even Holmberg...ryan marion, rafael lluberes...those guys could repeat..

angel's gotta move up, unless the brewers really think a brad wilcutt nestor corredor platoon is what brevard needs

edit: of course, I'm starting to think Cole Gillespie is the one who jumps to AA


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Considering the home media coverage is very good in each current outpost other than Brevard County, we'll make an effort to contact the active Manatee Booster Group next spring and hope to identify knowledgable fans who wouldn't mind posting on a regular basis.

It will be helpful if Brevard is successful in getting online audio -- while it's often tough to listen regularly to complete broadcasts, having archived interviews and a broadcaster contact is always helpful and informative.


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Posted: September 07, 2006, 2:20 PM Post
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I noticed Hickory resigned with Pittsburgh so now if WV doesn't want us back where do we go from here?


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maybe savannah...which would work well for me, but the facilities are old and savannahs weather is much like Brevards


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