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Ask MiLB.com: Trying to get on the field07/15/2011 3:00 PM ET
Baseball fans have a lot of questions about the Minor Leagues, its players and this website. We at MiLB.com attempt to answer some of those curiosities -- no promises, though.
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What is the difference between a Class A Short-Season affiliate and a team in a Rookie-level league? On the MiLB.com page where teams are listed by classification, the Ogden Raptors are listed under "Rookie" and not "Class A Short-Season." Who determines which organizations get more teams, and how do they determine this? -- Lauren C.
Class A Short-Season is considered to be one level higher up than Rookie-level. Both leagues begin in June, and they're catered towards players drafted or leaving college in June. The number of teams in each league is based on Major League Baseball's agreement with the NAPBL. There are 40 teams combined at those two levels, so some Major League organizations are bound to have two while others have just one.
Where's the Rizzo love?!?! You guy's never write anything about him!! -- "Minime"
We did, and then he was promoted. He clearly has MiLB.com to thank! Actually, as a top prospect, we had our eye on him all season long, as this preseason look at the PCL shows. For more of our coverage in 2011 and earlier, just type his full name into the Search box in the upper right of the masthead.
I was wondering why you don't include the independent leagues like the Frontier League. I know they aren't affiliated with a Major League team, but they should be included on the MiLB.com website since they are a Minor League team. -- Justin
Interesting theory. Independent teams are not considered part of the Minor Leagues for the exact reason you referenced -- they are not affiliated clubs. Therefore, they are not covered by MiLB.com.
Hi. I send this mail from Japan. Nice to meet you. I'm a Japanese player. I want to play in the Arizona League in 2011. Please help me play this summer. -- Ryoju
I wanted to know if you have tryouts for walk-ons? If so, the dates and location, and any other information you have about an walk-on. -- Heather
I was wondering if you could give me information on tryout camps that are scheduled at various Minor League stadiums. -- Dick C.
I have a 20-year-old son who has played baseball since tee ball. He played some ball in high school. He is a natural ballplayer. Where or what resources do you have so he may try out for making a team? -- Deana F.
I am 25 years old and a good baseball player, and I want to know if there are any tryouts for [professional] baseball. -- Otoniel C.
Hello, my name is Jacob. I live in St. Louis and am looking to try out for the Minor Leagues. I'm not sure what the process is, or where I would be able to do this. -- Jacob T.
Where and when can I sign up for the Minor Leagues? What's the minimum age to play? -- Jesse
Well, it's not as easy as just signing up for a Minor League roster. It is professional baseball. For Major League tryouts, players should be 16 and older. Also, no one at MiLB.com can assign anyone to a Minor League roster. The best bet is to attend an Open Tryout through MLB's scouting office. MLB.com has the tryout schedule listed all year. Click here or simply do a Google search for "MLB tryouts," it's the No. 1 result. Also, some Minor League teams provide their ballparks as host locations for tryout camps on behalf of the Major League affiliate -- Round Rock is doing that for Texas on July 20.
I was wondering how someone is drafted to a Minor League team and then, hopefully not too long after, be drafted to a Major League team? -- Kim C.
Player pages with biographies and stats list season totals for all Minor League players since 2005, when MiLB.com began hosting the websites. If you Search for some players you know, or just a random selection, you can get a feel for how quickly or slowly most players are able to get from being a Draft pick to making their MLB debut.
I went into your Minor League Baseball website and was able to check the Minor League teams associated with a Major League team. Is there a website that I can log onto that shows the Minor League teams by the league that they play in? -- Clyde
Yes, it's called MiLB.com. Click on "LEAGUES" on the right side of the masthead and you'll find all the teams within each league you select. You can also click on standings to see the same information.
When do the GCL Marlins play? -- Robert A.
The Gulf Coast League season began on June 20. Here is the GCL Marlins' schedule.
I was trying to e-mail the [Tri-City] ValleyCats to tell them I hope they lose every game they play. I live about a mile and a half from the stadium. It's 10:48 p.m. The fireworks, which happen at least a couple times a week, sound like an artillery barrage is happening. You lower the quality of life here. May you continue to lose. -- Kevin P.
Ouch. Your hex may be working, they're in last place. Maybe you should contact the ValleyCats?
Does MiLB.TV archive games and if so, do blackout restrictions apply to the archived games as well as the live games? -- Laurie
MiLB.TV games are archived, yes. There are currently (as of July) no blackout restrictions on any games listed on the schedule.
I'm looking to find collectibles or memorabilia from the defunct Michigan Battle Cats, Battle Creek Yankees and Southwest Michigan Devil Rays. My girlfriend was a huge fan and I was wondering who I could contact for this request. -- Alex
Maybe eBay or Amazon -- since those teams no longer exist, we don't have any merchandise for sale.
What are the composite maple baseball bat models that are approved for the Minor League short season? -- Vincent L.
MLB doesn't publicly release specifications required for bats, or lists of approved bat manufacturers. Being a short-season team is irrelevant -- all teams play by the same rules.
Hello, I would like to know who updates and maintains the Minor League players' biography. -- "Gotagun
That would be the editorial staff of MiLB.com. Bios are largely based on information we receive from Major League team Media Guides and stats. Sometimes, Minor League teams will also send us updated information to include.
My daughter is in a choir that is singing the national anthem tonight at the game. Will this be on TV? If so, what channel will it be on? (We have Verizon Fios.) -- Robin G.
You should contact the club directly to see if their game will be televised locally. If the game video is going to be streamed by MiLB.TV, you can subscribe to watch it, and it will be archived after the live presentation.
I have a subscription and I logged on tonight and selected Omaha @ Reno game and I got an error message. -- Cynthia J.
We got a lot of emails about technical and login issues with MiLB.TV. As noted, please contact MiLB's Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-644-2687 if you're having issues related to MiLB.TV.
What team is the MiLB team for the KC Royals? -- Stan
Do we have good news for you! Long ago, Branch Rickey helped develop what's commonly known as a farm system -- a network or group of teams affiliate with a Major League organization. In other words, the Royals don't have one Minor League team -- they have EIGHT Minor League affiliates: The Omaha Storm Chasers, Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Kane County Cougars, AZL Royals, Burlington Royals, DSL Royals and Idaho Falls Chukars. For links to each of them, go to MiLB.com and select the TEAMS pull-down menu at the right of the masthead, then under "Find teams by:" choose the "MLB Affiliation" option. The teams are listed by level with the Triple-A clubs -- mainly featuring players closest to the Major Leagues -- at the top, followed in order by the teams players must use to "climb the ladder" through the organization's farm system.
I was just wondering if I could have a MiLB fan pack sent over to my house. -- Dylan A.
You should contact individual teams -- MiLB.com doesn't offer this.
I'm writing you because I own a 1929 photo of the Dallas Steers pennant-winning team and I was wondering if you might be able to give me some information on it. I would like to see if I need to have it appraised for insurance purposes. -- John J.
We have no clue -- sorry!
We are interested in watching the Class A South Atlantic League Hickory Crawdads games. Please let us know if you stream those games. -- Rita V.
You can click "Open Calendar" on the MiLB.TV page to see exactly what games will be televised each day this season. As of right now, Hickory will appear on MiLB.TV when it visits Hagerstown or Lexington, whose home slate is broadcast in its entirety.