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Ft. Myers Miracle to Host "Billy Donovan Night" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 12 June 2007 07:46

Ft. Myers MiracleHave a change of heart like University of Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan, who last week returned to Gainesville after agreeing to a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the NBA's Orlando Magic? Why not celebrate it with the Minor League Ft. Myers Miracle?

On June 20th, fans can celebrate on "Billy Donovan Night". 

Fans that purchase a ticket at the box office for the 7:05 p.m. game against the Tampa Yankees, will see if they experience a seesaw of emotions like Billy Donovan encountered. If anytime during the game, they are not so sure they want to be at Hammond Stadium they can leave and negotiate a release from their ticket purchase.

Patrons that experience a "Billy Donovan" moment will have the option to sit down with a local attorney and strike a deal for an out-clause from their ticket purchase. Part of the negotiating process will involve making a free throw into the on-site basketball hoop.

Fans that make the easy decision to stay will be entered into a drawing for four tickets to a Florida basketball game in Gainesville this upcoming season. They guarantee Billy Donovan will be there!

Fort Myers' own Billy Donovan will throw out the first pitch and waffles will be available at the concession stand.

 
Wellman's Ejection Earns, Not an Oscar, but a Suspension PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 04 June 2007 15:41

He may be a Minor League manager, but his meltdown was Major League All-Star caliber.

Mississippi Braves manager Phillip Wellman's performance art ejection Friday night has earned him a three game suspension. The video, in all its glory, of the Double-A Braves manager has thousands -- if not millions -- of fans by now due to the ejection. And, he has a fan in someone known for an ejection or two, as well: Bobby Cox.

The AP reports that Cox has watched the meltdown at least 50 times. 

 As more than one has mentioned... "Suspension? He should get a raise for the performance."

 

 
Moore to Step Down as Head of Minor League Baseball PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Thursday, 31 May 2007 10:42

Mike MooreMike Moore, the president of Minor League Baseball has announced that he will be stepping down after 16 years as the head of MiLB when his term runs out in December.

During his four terms, Minor League Baseball established national marketing and licensing programs, franchise values increased dramatically and attendance soared to record heights, setting all-time marks in the last three consecutive seasons, reaching 41.7-million in 2006.

A statement from Moore reads:

"The past 16 years our industry has made great progress in many areas. This progress was achieved through the results of the cooperative efforts of many outstanding people who have served on the BOT and the COLP, plus the talented and hard-working contributions of the Minor League Staff.

"I have enjoyed being a part of this historic period in Minor League Baseball and working closely with those mentioned above.

"As I approach my 67th birthday and face a number of health issues, which have limited my activities, I find that I cannot continue to devote the same time and effort toward future goals.

"It is, therefore, with thanks to all who have provided friendship and help over the years toward our common efforts, I officially inform you that I will not seek re-election following this final year of my current term.

"I will continue to provide and contribute any assistance possible to Minor League Baseball following the end of my current term."

 
Braves Minor Leaguer Monk Suspended 50 Games for PEDs PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 May 2007 08:53

BravesThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Atlanta Braves Minor League player Brandon Monk has been suspended for 50 games, effective for his club’s game tonight, for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Monk is currently with Single-A Rome of the South Atlantic League.

To view all historical information on drug violations within MLB, and Minor League baseball, check The Biz of Baseball's Drug Violations page

 
Portland Beavers Sold to Merritt Paulson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 21 May 2007 10:38

BeaversThe Portland Beavers, currently the AAA affiliate of the San Diego Padres, will announce tomorrow that the team has been sold to Merritt Paulson, whose background includes Senior Director of Marketing and Business Development at NBA Entertainment in New York. He formerly worked for HBO and was instrumental in launching HBO On Demand.

While financial terms were not been released at press time, the sale has rumored to be approx. $15 million.

Paulson will also take over ownership of the Portland Timbers soccer team that shares the PGE Park facility with the Beavers.

The announcement will be conducted by Merritt Paulson and his wife, Heather. Jack Cain, Acting President and GM, Portland Beavers, Branch Rickey, President, Pacific Coast League, Sandy Alderson, Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Padres, and Gavin Wilkinson, Head Coach/GM, Portland Timbers

 
Mets Minor Leaguer Urdaneta Suspended 50 Games PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 May 2007 06:31

MetsThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that New York Mets Minor League pitcher Lino Urdaneta has been suspended for 50 games, effective today, for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Urdaneta is currently with New Orleans (Triple-A) of the Pacific Coast League.

To view all historical information on drug violations within MLB, and Minor League baseball, check The Biz of Baseball's Drug Violations page

 
Rangers Minor Leaguer Cruceta Suspended 50 Games PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 May 2007 10:24

RangersThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Texas Rangers Minor League player Francisco Cruceta has been suspended for 50 games, effective today, for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Cruceta is currently with Oklahoma (Triple-A) of the Pacific Coast League.

To view all historical information on drug violations within MLB, and Minor League baseball, check The Biz of Baseball's Drug Violations page 

 
Mets Minor Leaguer Reyes Suspended 100 Games PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 08 May 2007 05:52

MetsThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that New York Mets Minor League player Jorge Reyes has been suspended for 100 games, effective today, for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for a second time in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Reyes is currently with Savannah of the South Atlantic League.

Reyes was suspended the first time for 50 games on 4/18/06. With his second positive test on 5/8/07, Reyes was suspended 100 games.

To view all historical information on drug violations within MLB, and Minor League baseball, check The Biz of Baseball's Drug Violations page

 
Astros Minor Leaguer Suspended 50 Games for PEDs PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 May 2007 14:17

AstrosThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Houston Astros Minor League player Louis Santangelo has been suspended for 50 games, effective today, for using a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

To view all historical information on drug violations within MLB, and Minor League baseball, check The Biz of Baseball's Drug Violations page

 
Tigers & Blue Jays Minor Leaguers Suspended for PEDs PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 April 2007 05:42

MLBThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Detroit Tigers Minor League player Sendy Vasquez and Toronto Blue Jays Minor League player Matthew Roney have each been suspended for 50 games for (Vasquez for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, and Roney for a drug of abuse) in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Vasquez took effect on Friday, April 27th. Roney's suspension took effect on Saturday, April 28th.

To view all historical information on drug violations within MLB, and Minor League baseball, check The Biz of Baseball's Drug Violations page

 
Dodgers Minor Leaguer Figueroa Suspended for PEDs PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 April 2007 08:41

DodgersThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Los Angeles Dodgers Minor League player Jonathan Figueroa has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. His suspension will take effect on June 19th, the date of the first scheduled game of the season for the Ogden Raptors.

Bookmark the Drug Violations page on The Biz of Baseball to view historical information and any other violations that may occur.

 
Former Rockies Minor Leaguer Brooks Suspended PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 April 2007 09:21

MLBThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Minor League player Cedrick Brooks, who most recently had been a member of the Colorado Rockies organization, has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. His suspension will take effect immediately upon signing with another Major League organization.

Bookmark the Drug Violations page on The Biz of Baseball to view historical information and any other violations that may occur. 

 
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