The California League will be undergoing some changes heading into next season, but the circuit announced its Executive Award winners on Sept. 28 to put a bow on 2016.
The end of each even-numbered season spawns a familiar ritual as Minor and Major League clubs seek new affiliation partners. Ben Hill surveys the myriad changes that have occurred.
In its final game, High Desert completed a three-game sweep and won its first California League championship since 1997 as Juremi Profar capped a five-run sixth with a two-run single.
Stockton, California, was once known as "Mudville." But was it the "Mudville" immortalized in Ernest Thayer's poem "Casey at the Bat"? Ben Hill stopped by a local museum for answers.
Alysa and Jeff Bajenaru met in 2000, three weeks before Jeff signed with the White Sox, beginning a baseball odyssey that has included marriage, children, odd jobs and uncertainty.
Patrick Sharshel, a 26-year-old from Colorado who's already been promoted to the Eastern League, is the winner of the Doug Harvey Award as California League Umpire of the Year.
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