With the new season of Minor League Baseball comes new chances for prospects to shine, veterans to show they still have what it takes and fans to come together around America's pastime. At MiLB.com, the new season also means a new homepage and new features across the site to make this an even better destination for Minor League Baseball coverage.
The first thing you might notice about MiLB.com on Opening Day 2012 is the transformed homepage. All the page's elements have a fresh look with new content and an updated presentation of existing features.
New way to find players
The improvements start with the header and don't stop there. MiLB.com's new auto-suggest feature at the upper right of every page allows you to find stats, bios and more on any Minor Leaguer by just typing the first three letters of his first or last name. Fans can also navigate to any team site by typing in the city name or team nickname in the same place.
Improved site navigation
The new site navigation makes it easier for you to find your way to interior sections on MiLB.com, including scores, schedules, tickets and news. Just below the navigation, you'll notice the new scoreboard that enables you to access tickets, real-time Gameday updates as well as MiLB.TV for participating clubs.
Expanded MiLB.TV, video highlights
Speaking of MiLB.TV, live streamed Minor League games straight to your computer are back and better than ever. With a slate of nearly all Triple-A games plus a growing list of teams streaming their entire home schedules, fans will be able to see at least a dozen games -- and usually many more than that -- almost every day. You can access live streams through the MiLB.TV landing page, the homepage scoreboard as well as a new "Live Now" box that will appear on the homepage whenever games in progress.
MiLB.com is also the only place to go for Minor Leagues highlights on the web. Access the top clips at the top of the homepage or go to MiLB.com's video page to watch all highlights and search for exactly what you're looking for.
MiLB.com on the go
Need MiLB.com with you wherever you go? The best solution is to download the Triple-A 2012 app for your iPhone and iPod Touch at the iTunes store. With Triple-A 2012, you can set your favorite International or Pacific Coast League team and follow every pitch on Gameday. You'll also get the latest news, stats, scores and schedules straight to your phone. Don't have an iPhone or iPod Touch? No worries -- go to MiLB.com on your smart phone and get full access to MiLB.com news, stats, scores and player info wherever you are.
New prospects coverage
With all the upgrades around the site, we haven't even gotten the chance to remind you of MiLB.com's unparalleled Minor League coverage, day in and day out, throughout the season. Expect new features on prospects, including a prospect-devoted column that will be debut in mid-April, and come back to MiLB.com daily for the latest news, breakout performance and word on everything else that's happening on the field.
Off the field, MiLB.com's Benjamin Hill has got you covered with the latest promotions as well as in-depth features that take the reader inside the Minors. His blog is also a hotspot for everything down on the farm and outside the lines.
New interactive contests
Check back soon for the announcement of a new bracket-style contest on MiLB.com in which you can vote for your favorite mascots round by round en route to naming the Minors' top mascot. Moniker Madness, the popular contest in which fans determine the Minor League's best player name, will also be back for its sixth edition this summer.
So, fans, what features or enhancements would you like to see on MiLB.com? Please give us your ideas in the comments section below.