Topic: Minor Leagues

April 14, 2014

Cedric Moodie has had a long career in basketball, and continues to pursue it Canada's National Basketball League. It's his job and his calling, but Moodie is not likely to get higher than a long-ago meeting at the rim with the greatest that ever played.

December 30, 2013

One of the oldest and shabbiest stadiums in Minor League baseball is also, improbably or not, one of the best places to watch baseball in the country. That ballpark is Nashville's Herschel Greer Stadium, the product of Conway Twitty's mad real estate dreams and home to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. If an upcoming vote in Nashville goes as expected, its days are numbered. This dispatch from Herschel Greer first appeared in The Classical Magazine: Being There.

September 9, 2013

While there's still time left in the season, and before the discourse gets too loud, why not escape into the consequence-free embrace of minor league baseball?

May 9, 2013

Savannah, Georgia is a long way from Cheyenne, Wyoming, and also a long way from the Major Leagues. But Savannah is where Brandon Nimmo, one of the very few baseball players to make it out of Wyoming and a prospect in the New York Mets organization, plays in the outfield for the Savannah Sand Gnats. It's all a lot closer than it seems.

July 17, 2012

In its first year of operation, the Detroit City Football Club already looks like a legitimate minor league success story—a minor league squad with multiple groups of supporters and a solid on-field product deserving of all that passion. But this upstart team's backstory is more complicated than that, and has its origins in Detroit's signature stubbornness and uniquely polyglot population.

July 9, 2012

Williamsburg Night at the Brooklyn Cyclones was promoted as "Hipster Night," online and elsewhere. Instead it was, quite understandably and quite enjoyably, just another minor league baseball game in Brooklyn. What else could it have been?

May 23, 2012

There's more that's improbable about Rich Thompson, a 33-year-old rookie outfielder on the Tampa Bay Rays, than the simple fact that he's finally cracked the bigs after over a decade in the minors. Although that's pretty good, for starters.

May 17, 2012

Rain or shine, Saturday is opening day for the Baltimore Bohemians, the official upstart minor league soccer team of The Classical. Here, in the second installment of his diary, Bohs co-founder Joe Tirabassi breaks down how it feels to realize a dream, compete with the Preakness' Running of the Toilets, and fear the rain.

May 17, 2012

As it has during every offseason of its three years in existence, the United Football League appears to be teetering on the edge of collapse. It may survive, or it may not. But this uniquely ambitious minor league always had a high ratio of fantasy to reality.

April 10, 2012

We're on record as loving the Baltimore Bohemians, an unique, stylish upstart minor league soccer team in Charm City. With the Bohs season approaching rapidly, we're turning things over to Bohs co-owner Joe Tirabassi for a diary series we're calling (sorry) "Bohemians Rhapsodizing." In part one, we learn about the long odds, long hours, and weird thrills of starting a minor league team.