The Major League Baseball playoffs began last night. Hopefully you watched at least some of the four hour game between the Twins and Yankees last night. The Yankees won, for those of you who didn’t. Playoff baseball is tough to beat, so if you aren’t watching, you really should be. With all of that said, the minor league season has been over for a month now for most teams. With the offseason schedule for me here at Redleg Nation now being every other Wednesday morning instead of every Wednesday morning, I thought I would run down a few things that will be old news by the time my next post shows up on these pages.
Three fall leagues will begin play next week. The Arizona Fall League, Mexican Winter League and Dominican Winter League all begin next week. The Arizona Fall League roster for the Reds will have these players:
- RHP Wendolyn Bautista
- RHP Jake Ehret
- LHP Joel Bender
- LHP Brennan Bernardino
- C Chad Tromp
- 2B Brantley Bell
- 3B Taylor Sparks
- SS Blake Trahan
Their league will begin play on October 10th. That’s next Tuesday. Mark your calendar. The Mexican Winter League will also begin the same day. The rosters aren’t official for the league yet, though last season only one player was in the league from the organization – Sebastian Elizalde. The Dominican Winter League will begin on Friday the 13th. Watch out for Mr. Vorhees, guys. The rosters aren’t official for those teams, either – though we should see more than a few players show up as the season progresses.
The Puerto Rican winter league and Venezuelan winter leagues may not happen this year for various reasons. Puerto Rico is facing a rebuild of essentially the entire country. If you have the means or ability to help out in any way, please look into it. The people there can use anything that can be offered. Venezuela is on the verge of collapse and it’s gotten to the point where the Reds are among a few teams around baseball that have offered to help their players from Venezuela if the players were to choose to remain in the United States (the players would have to go through the legal process to do so, but if they do and are allowed to remain, the Reds have offered to provide them with some assistance to make it feasible for them to do so).
Yesterday afternoon word came out from Josh Norris at Baseball America that it seemed likely that the Reds would take over the Greeneville affiliate in the Appalachian League. That meant it was time for me to send some emails and make some phone calls. I was able to talk with multiple sources about the situation, and while it is not official yet, it sounds like it’s very likely to come to fruition. There’s more information here if you’re interested in reading about it.
While it doesn’t directly relate to the Reds, if you follow minor league baseball at all, the reasons behind Atlanta Braves General Manager John Coppolella resigning could be right up your alley. Major League Baseball began investigating his dealings with international free agents and players in the draft and how he and the Braves were trying to work around the rules that were in place to sign players. There were also a few other things that he is being investigated for. More than a few people in baseball believe it’s going to lead to one of their top prospects, Kevin Maitan, becoming a free agent.
With the offseason truly upon us, there are five months before spring training really gets back underway. Even writing something every other week here at Redleg Nation – I will still be writing every day at my own site and try my best to not cover everything as a recap of sorts from things I’ve written there, over here. So I’m asking for things that perhaps you’d like to see me explore here at Redleg Nation over the next few months. I can’t promise I’ll be able to do it, but I am certainly open to ideas if you have any.