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Posted: September 11, 2006, 7:32 AM Post
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So what date do teams have to sign by whether they renew or go to a new affiliate?


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From Sept. 12-15, the clubs that are looking for new partners will get a list of who's available. Then from Sept. 16-30, those teams can talk to each other and sign new deals. If any teams are still left standing at the end of the process, MLB and MiLB will pair them up, but this rarely happens.


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Quote from the Charleston Daily News 0n 7/24:

In case you're wondering, the PDC's in low Class A that end in 2006 are with the Royals, Rangers, Athletics, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Devil Rays, Rockies, Dodgers, Orioles, Mets, White Sox, Pirates, Indians (fuggedabout it), Phillies, Nationals and Brewers.

Here's an updated list -- if anyone is aware of an official renewal or new affiliation in place for any of the others listed below (provide link if so, please), let us know. There will be a lot of activity in the next ten days on all minor league levels, with only low-A directly affecting the Brewers.

South Atlantic League:
Hagerstown, Maryland -- was Mets, (now Nationals)
Asheville, North Carolina -- was Rockies (Colorado renews)
Columbus, Georgia -- was Dodgers
Delmarva (Salisbury, Maryland) -- was Orioles (Baltimore renews)
Kannapolis, North Carolina -- was White Sox (Chicago renews)
Hickory, North Carolina -- was Pirates (Pittsburgh renews)
Lakewood, New Jersey -- was Phillies (Philadelphia renews)
Savannah, Georgia -- was Nationals
Charleston, West Virginia -- was Brewers

Midwest League:
Burlington, Iowa -- was Royals (Kansas City renews)
Clinton, Iowa -- was Rangers
Kane County (Geneva, Illinois) -- was Athletics (Oakland renews)
Lansing, Michigan -- was Blue Jays (Toronto renews)
South Bend, Indiana -- was Diamondbacks (Arizona renews)
Great Lakes (Midland, Michigan) -- was Devil Rays
Lake County (Eastlake, Ohio) -- was Indians (Cleveland renews)

As another poster pointed out, with the return to the Midwest League a possibility, Clinton, Iowa seems to be a good target.

Quad City (Iowa) Times:

When minor league baseball?s affiliate shuffle begins later this week, the Clinton LumberKings expect to hear from some major league teams looking for a new Midwest League home.

?We?re the ugly duckling that has blossomed into the pretty girl,? LumberKings general manager Ted Tornow said.

A multimillion dollar renovation of Clinton?s Alliant Energy Field included an entirely new playing surface and a new clubhouse-batting tunnel complex which included plenty of design input from the Texas Rangers, who have been the Lumber Kings? parent club since 2003.

?In the past, all we had to offer anybody was the promise of a renovation,?? Tornow said. ?Now, our organization believes it doesn?t have to take a backseat to anybody.?


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Posted: September 20, 2006, 2:15 PM Post
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Considering that it seems Apple-ton plays Clinton 53 times a season, I would love to see the move to Clinton....


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in order:
Hickory
Kannapolis
Columbus
delmarva
lakecounty
savannah

if the team moves to any of those, i'll get to see them a minimum of 3 times a year...if they move to hickory or kannapolis, it might be 10...same for columbus georgia...though i don't wish the crappiest fans in minor league baseball on them

little league? yes. minor league? heck no.


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Lansing, Kane County and Burlington all re-signed with their respective teams. Here's the most updated list I have found online as far as affiliates go. I'd be sky high if the Crew would move back to the MWL so I could see Jeffress, Brewer & Gillespie in the very near future.

www.ballparkdigest.com/af..._2006.html


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if that website is right, then its just savannah, columbus, west virginia and delmarva, in the sally, right?

but i dont think that site is right


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Here's the latest, as it seems that Baltimore has renewed with Delmarva, as I just updated in the post a few above this:

The Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets and Tampa Bay Devil Rays are looking for homes for their Class A affiliates.

Here are the remaining homes, we believe:

South Atlantic League:
Columbus, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Charleston, West Virginia

Midwest League:
Clinton, Iowa
Great Lakes (Midland, Michigan)

L.A. and the Mets are the more glamorous choices for the affiliates to be sure. Although the Brewers wanted out of the colder early-season climate in the Midwest League two years ago, we posted earlier about Clinton's big stadium upgrade, and there's a wonderful spanking new facility waiting for the newly-located site in Central Michigan. So despite the weather concerns, either Midwest League site seems to have its benefits, not the least of which would be road trips to Beloit and Appleton.

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www.mlive.com/business/sa...amp;coll=9

Region hits financial home run with Loons
PAUL WYCHE
THE SAGINAW NEWS


A minor league baseball team will bring "millions of dollars" of economic impact to mid-Michigan.

Nothing loony about that.

More than 120 members of the Tri-County Economics Club listened Monday as Great Lakes Loons General Manager Paul Barbeau highlighted the club's financial clout.

Most notably, a $27 million stadium, the hiring of 16 workers, 125 seasonal employees, donations to charities and other team spending.

"We definitely consider ourselves a regional team," Barbeau said, "and there will be a regional economic impact."

Goods and services the team buys will include hotels, transportation, maintenance, related supplies and equipment, printing and design work.

The first home game is Friday, April 13.

Besides the financial influx, Barbeau said there are quality of life contributions from the team that a person can't measure in dollars and cents.

"Just providing another attraction, another option for people," he said.

"When I worked in Spokane, (Wash.), I had a lady thank me because she said she never had to worry about her son when he was at the ballpark."

Economics Club President Ann Fillmore, president of Midland-based Junior Achievement of Central Michigan, said residents have already bought into the team's concept.

"Especially with the excitement that the Detroit Tigers are generating," she said .

The Tigers have clinched a spot in the playoffs after a 19-year drought.

"It has people thinking about baseball," Fillmore said.

Fillmore said Loons officials were wise to "think regional."

Barbeau said they had no choice.

"Midland is not big enough to support this team," he said.

"If we were going to do it, we had to draw on the surrounding areas."

Meanwhile, Barbeau said the team will announce its Major League Baseball affiliation this week.

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Midland waits for major league affiliate
Could the Loons be affiliated with the Dodgers?
By Terry Camp

MIDLAND (WJRT) - The next big question to be answered in the Midland minor league baseball story: which major league team will be affiliated with the Great Lakes Loons?

The Battle Creek team was affiliated with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but that agreement has expired.

Five major league teams are still looking for a minor league affiliation at that level, and one of those is the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers are one of the most respected and revered franchises in all of sports. The organization is not renewing it's affiliate agreement with a minor league team in Georgia, and may have its eye on the new franchise in Midland.

Former major league manager Terry Collins is a Midland native and currently happens to be in charge of player development for a baseball organization's minor league system. That organization is the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has a big say on where it's Low A minor league affiliate agreement will go, and at the top of his list is Midland.

"Number one I know the town and I know what kind of sports town that is," he said. "The entire tri-cities Flint area is huge. Sports are huge in the state of Michigan."

Paul Barbeau, General Manager of the Great Lakes Loons says discussions continue with several major league teams, and that no deal has been reached. But the Dodgers' Collins has his heart set on Mid-Michigan.

"I'm hoping it works out," he said.

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Meanwhile, back to Savannah, former home of the Nationals, in the Sally League:

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Historic Grayson Stadium will undergo $5 million worth of improvements starting this off-season thanks to a vote Tuesday to approve a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). Chatham County residents passed the SPLOST by a 3-2 margin which will maintain the current sales tax 1 percent higher than the regular rate through 2012.

The SPLOST is expected to raise approximately $440 million for countywide projects with $5 million allocated to the long overdue renovation of city-owned Historic Grayson Stadium. The renovation plan originally called for $10 million of improvements, but will be adjusted to the new budget. The Sand Gnats plan to announce specific renovations in the weeks to come.

The plans being discussed include a new playing field, a grass berm in left field, an upgraded scoreboard, renovated dugouts, additional concessions areas, renovated clubhouses and the addition of suites and improved party decks. The team hopes to accomplish as many of these objectives as possible with the $5 million.

The stadium was built in 1926 and was renamed William L. Grayson Stadium after undergoing major renovations in 1941 to repair major hurricane damage. The 1941 construction date is the second oldest in the South Atlantic League.

In 2006 the Sand Gnats drew 84, 642 fans. That number represents an increase of 45 percent from 2004 but still ranks 15th in the 16 team South Atlantic League.


That just leaves Columbus, Georgia, which seems to have major attendance issues that are explained in this link, with an otherwise suitable ballpark:

www.ballparkreviews.com/c...lumbga.htm

So basically, everything needs to be known by September 30th, and I guess my point here is there really isn't an outright awful choice remaining, although others (and the Brewers) may disagree.


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Posted: September 26, 2006, 5:12 AM Post
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Not sure where this guy gets his updates, but according to this link:

www.ballparkdigest.com/af..._2006.html

Brewers back to West Virginia until 2008
Devil Rays, Columbus, GA
Rangers back to Clinton, IA
Dodgers, Great Lakes
Mets, Savannah, GA


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Brewerfan has an email in to the folks at the above listed site...


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Posted: September 26, 2006, 6:14 AM Post
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Kevin of the site noted above stands behind his reported signing based on "old-fashioned reporting".

Look for the West Virginia renewal announcement in the next couple of days, if not sooner.


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Posted: September 26, 2006, 6:43 AM Post
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to refute what you said earlier Jim

Grayson stadium in savannah is not a good ball park at all...like Golden park in Columbus, it's a 100 year old facility...unlike golden park, it wasnt refurbished for the 96 olympics...both stadiums are in iffy parts of town and the columbus team, as those who follow minor league baseball should know, is the least supported minor league baseball team in america...

if the brewers have truly resigned with WV, good...it can't be worse than those other two places...


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Posted: September 26, 2006, 6:56 AM Post
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If the report is true, it will be nice to have some affiliate stability. It seems like we've been on the affiliate carousel over the past decade. We haven't kept all our affiliates for more than 2-3 years since the mid-90's.


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Yankees leaving Columbus suprises me. If I recall correctly, they had been there a long time.


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Ditto on the affiliate stability point. I think it's a wise move for WV to re-up with the Brewers, even if they seemed to be looking for a parent-club that has more national, or even regional, appeal. While they didn't make the playoffs this year, or last, they have had some pretty good prospects pass through, and should continue to have solid prospects pass through as long as the Brewers keep up with their scouting & player development successes.


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www.dailymail.com/story/S...Charleston

Brewers to stay in Charleston
Milwaukee, Power sign contract for two more years, sources reveal
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The West Virginia Power has renewed its Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Milwaukee Brewers for the next two years, sources said Tuesday.

The teams completed their second season together in September. Their partnership began two years ago, when the former Charleston Alley Cats severed ties with the Toronto Blue Jays after four seasons.

Milwaukee moved its Class A operation to the South Atlantic League and Charleston from the Midwest League and Beloit, Wis.

The Power finished 2006 with a 74-62 record, including a 39-30 mark in the first half.

"We're excited," Power General Manager Andy Milovich said.

"We have had a great relationship with the Brewers the past two years."

Milovich said officials for the Charleston-based club also considered signing a PDC -- the agreement between minor league teams and their major league affiliates -- with the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He said they spoke with representatives from all of those teams.

Milovich said his organization also could have signed with the Washington Nationals, but there were no discussions between the parties.

"The Brewers had expressed an interest in staying in Charleston from the get-go," Milovich said. "We had expressed an interest in maintaining our relationship with the Brewers, but we felt we would be doing ourselves and our community a disservice if we didn't take the time to see what was out there before we made a commitment."

Milovich said minor league teams can renew their contracts with their Major League affiliates during the season.

If they don't, he said, they have one week to inform Minor League Baseball officials that they want to "explore other options and see who is available."

Milovich said Minor League Baseball officials will tell them the Major League teams that are available after the deadline, then they will have a two- to three-week window to talk to those clubs.

If they don't reach agreements with clubs by the end of September, he said, the Commissioner's Office from Major League Baseball will assign affiliates to them.

"If you extend your PDC during the course of the season without going through the process of seeing who is available, you never know what possibilities might be out there," Milovich said.

The Power chose the Brewers because they "had the strongest interest in our franchise and our community," Milovich said. "So, it made sense to stay with them."

Milovich also praised Milwaukee for sending its high-ranking officials, scouts and roving instructors to Charleston as often as it did last season. He said that shows the parent club cares about providing its affiliate with talented prospects and developing them during their stay.

"That," Milovich said, "really made a statement to us."

The extension was good news for Milwaukee, which is the fifth parent club for the Charleston-based franchise since it returned to Class A in 1987 as a co-op team.

"We wanted to come back," Milwaukee Player Development Director Reid Nichols said. "I understand we didn't have the greatest season this year. I understand West Virginia's front office making every effort to field the best team for the community.

"They had the opportunity to talk to other clubs, but they felt like we were the best fit based on our efforts there in the community and on the field.

"This is just a continuation of a good relationship."

Last season featured many milestones and accomplishments for West Virginia, which is operated by Palisades Baseball Inc., a one-third owner with groups from Charleston and Huntington.

The team drew an average of 3,746 fans per game to 2-year-old Appalachian Power Park in 2006. That is an increase of 214 from 3,532 in 2005, its first season at the East End facility that replaced 55-year-old Watt Powell Park.

Outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Darren Ford broke the team records for hits and stolen bases, respectively.

Cain, infielder Mat Gamel, catcher Angel Salome and hitting coach Mike Lum earned SAL All-Star selections.

Pitchers Derek Miller and Joe Thatcher were promoted along with infielders Ryan Crew and Ned Yost IV, who is the son of Milwaukee Manager Ned Yost III.

"We're looking forward to a better season with similar performances from new players (in 2007)," Nichols said.

The two clubs below West Virginia in the Milwaukee system are Phoenix of the Arizona League (rookie) and Helena of the Pioneer League (rookie). The three above it are Brevard of the Florida State League (Class A Advanced), Huntsville of the Southern League (Class AA) and Nashville of the Pacific Coast League (Class AAA). Nashville was 76-68 in 2006, Huntsville 67-71, Brevard 64-65, Helena 34-42 and Phoenix 21-35.


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The Brewers finally put out a press release confirming all the information. I for one am pleased to see top to bottom organizational stability.

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Hickory would have been awesome, but i'm ecstactic about them staying in WV too...expect many an update from the first half of the season...until i inevitably move out of NC


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I remember seeing some talk towards the end of the season about some interest in taking an ad in the minor league parks....if you guys want a point man in WV, I'll be happy to work on it. Maybe an ad in the park as opposed to the game program? LMK if you need a volunteer...hopefully with these guys committing to a couple years, next year they might want to build a little equity in the brewers!


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