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Health Hazard? US Looking At Lead Levels in Artificial-Turf PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 April 2008 05:55
ArtificialTurfCould artificial-turf pose a health hazard? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is examining playing fields with artificial-turf across the country to see if lead levels are at hazardous levels. As reported by The AP:

Two fields in New Jersey were closed this week after state health officials detected what they said were unexpectedly high levels of lead in the synthetic turf and raised fears that athletes could swallow or inhale fibers or dust from the playing surface.

The artificial-turf industry denied its products are dangerous. But the CPSC it is investigating.

"We have a great deal of interest into any consumer product that could be used by children where children could potentially be in harm's way because of lead exposure," CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson said.

According to The AP report, pigment containing lead chromate is used in some surfaces to make the turf green and hold its color in sunlight. But it is not clear how widely the compound is used. The New Jersey Health Department found lead in both of the nylon fields it tested, but in none of the 10 polyethylene surfaces it examined.

Both fields that were shut down used AstroTurf. General Sports Venue entered into an agreement with Textile Management Associates, Inc. TMA acquired the AstroTurf brand, including all assets and intellectual property, from SRI Sports in February of 2004.

According to the Synthetic Turf Council, “over 800 multi-use synthetic turf sports fields are installed annually in North American schools, colleges, parks and professional sports stadiums. About half of all NFL teams currently play their games on synthetic turf, and it is approved for World Cup soccer matches.”

Currently, the Metrodome and Tropicana Field are the last facilities in MLB that uses synthetic turf. 

In a news release by the Synthetic Turf Council (PDF), they state:

The City of Newark recently conducted elemental analysis testing using EPA approved protocols on turf fibers from Ironbound Stadium, one of the fields identified in the New Jersey report. A separate independent test, supervised by Dr. Davis Lee, PhD of Chemistry with InnovaNet, was also conducted. Both tests concluded that under EPA approved test conditions, no leaching of heavy metals occurs. In other words – the lead chromate can’t escape the nylon within which it is contained.

There are approx. 3,500 synthetic playing surfaces across the U.S. The two parks in New Jersey that were voluntarily closed were Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken and a playing surface at the College of New Jersey in Ewing. Upon testing they found lead levels 10 times the amount that is allowed in soil on contaminated sites that are being turned into homes. The CPSC does not test for lead levels in synthetic playing surfaces.


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Nestles, Minor League Baseball Reach Sponsorship Deal PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 April 2008 03:51

Drumstick DaysNestles and MiLB have reached a sponsorship deal by hosting Nestle Drumstick Family Days at ballparks around the country. During these family-centric events, Drumstick will provide ticket discounts and activities for families, as well as visits from the Nestle Drumstick Family Days tour, which is touring the nation in support of the MiLB sponsorship. In addition to the Nestle Drumstick Family Days, selected MiLB teams will also be hosting birthday parties, which include ticket discounts, recognition by the team, special Nestle Drumstick-branded birthday gifts and, Nestle Drumstick cones.

Nestle Drumstick cones are topping off this partnership by offering baseball fans an opportunity to get their own personalized version of authentic Topps baseball cards. Participants can order a free set of official Topps personalized trading cards, with the purchase of two Nestle Drumstick brand products.

Participants simply visit http://www.drumstick.com/topps to create their own trading cards and turn their favorite youth player into a baseball star.


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Braves Top Prospect Schafer Suspended 50 Gms for hGH PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 April 2008 23:00

Jordan SchaferA bit of history was made Tuesday regarding a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that Atlanta Braves Minor League player Jordan Schafer has received a 50-game suspension for the use of Human Growth Hormone, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Schafer will be effective immediately.

Schafer is currently with Double-A Mississippi of the Southern League.

Based on the wording of the press release from MLB ("for the use of" as opposed to "tested positive for"), Schafer was suspended based upon a non-analytical violation -- he did not test positive for a banned substance, but rather other evidence points to Schafer using hGH. Currently, there is no valid test for hGH.

The top prospect for the Braves had been mired in a 1-11 (.091) hitting slump with the Double-A Mississippi Braves. According to The AP, he batted .312 at Class A last year with 15 homers and 63 RBIs for Rome of the South Atlantic League and Myrtle Beach of the Carolina League.

Schafer represents the fourth player to be suspended this year for violation of a drug policy in baseball. All four players have been in violation of the minor league drug policy. Two players (Scott Vander Weg in the Cardinals system and Robert Hernandez in the Cubs system) tested positive for PEDs. Jacob Rodriguez of the Royals system was suspended on January 10th for failure to test and began his 50 game suspension at the beginning of the season.

Schafer also gets the dubious distinction for being the first player suspended outright for Human Growth Hormone. Jose Guillen and Jay Gibbons were given 15 game suspension on December 6 of last year as part of an Albany, NY investigation into an online PED distribution ring out of Florida. Guillen reportedly purchased nearly $20,000 worth of steroids and Human Growth Hormone from 2003 through 2005 from Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center. Gibbons admitted to using hGH in 2005, which he reportedly purchased through Signature Pharmacy.

Both players were to initially start their suspensions at the beginning of the season, but MLB resended the suspensions for 10 days while management and the players' union worked to further strengthen MLB's Joint Drug Agreement (JDA). Today, (Weds. April 9) would mark the end of that 10 day stay of the suspension.

Since mandatory drug testing was instituted, a total of 175 suspensions have been doled out across baseball for a total of 5,375 games. 

The following is a summary of drug violations, based upon The Biz of Baseball's detailed Drug Violations page:

2008

4 minor leaguers

2  - PEDs

1  - Failure to Test

1  - Human Growth Hormone

2007

8 major leaguers

5 - PEDs

3 - Stimulants (Neifi Perez twice)

29 minor leaguers

17 - PEDs

2 - Failure to Test

8 - Drug of Abuse

2 - Unknown (not identifed by MLB in release)

2006

3 major leaguers

3 - PEDs

24 minor leaguers

21 PEDs

3 - Drug of Abuse

6 Venezuelan Summer League

6 - PEDs

2005

12 major leaguers

12 - PEDs

90 minor leaguers

90 - PEDs

Source: Major League Baseball. Business of Sports Network research 


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Cubs Minor Leaguer Hernandez Suspended 50 Games PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 April 2008 21:31

CubsThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Chicago Cubs Minor League player Robert Hernandez has received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Hernandez will be effective immediately.

Hernandez is currently with Single-A Peoria of the Midwest League.

Hernandez is the second minor league player to be suspended this season. No major league players have been suspended for being in violation of the JDA this season.

The following is a summary of drug violations since manditory testing began in 2004:

Looking at the numbers in the list of Drug Violations reveals the following:

  • 173 suspensions have been doled out for a total of 2,634 games
  • 23 at the Major League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program level
  • 6 at the Venezuelan Summer League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program
  • 146 at the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program

Substance break down:

  • 3 positive tests for Stimulants
  • 11 positive tests for Drug of Abuse
  • 1 for failure to test
  • 2 are unknown at this time
  • 156 positive tests for PEDs

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Lake Elsinore Storm Offer Barry Bonds Front Office Position PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 March 2008 13:03

Barry BondsOffers ESPN’s Pedro Gomez Parking Spot

It was announced today that the Lake Elsinore Storm have officially offered employment to Barry Lamar Bonds. The former San Francisco Giants left fielder has been searching far and wide this off-season for a new team culminating in an investigation by the players union into the lack of interest in Major League Baseball’s Home Run King. The Storm offer includes a cushy Media Relations position (with slight pay cut from $19.3 million), full use of baseball facilities and of course expanded cubicle space with barcalounger and plasma TV. “We just think the way he has handled the media with such grace over the years that he would be a perfect fit in our media relations department,” said Chris Jones, Storm General Manager.

Bonds is currently residing in his Bel Air estate and training in Los Angeles a short drive from The Diamond in Lake Elsinore. With a newly renovated Diamond Club Restaurant and a permanent parking space already reserved for ESPN “reporter” Pedro Gomez, the Storm offer a perfect location for a press conference to re-launch his big league career.

Lake Elsinore also has a brand new playing surface with evapotransporation technology which Barry will have full use of as well. “He’s in playing shape right now. He just hasn’t hit off live pitching,” Bonds’ agent, Jeff Borris, said Tuesday. “I’ve had conversations with Barry. It would probably take him about two weeks to get ready.” Lake Elsinore has a 27 person front office, plenty of arms for two weeks of live batting practice.

The Lake Elsinore Storm are the Single-A California League affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

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"Sign and Sho": A Creative Product for Autographs PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 March 2008 20:58

Sign and ShoKids (and let’s face it, some adults) that have struggled to get an autograph from their favorite ballplayer, have always had to do a bit of a juggling act: hand the ball, have a pen, and then watch the player contort to write on it. Afterwards, if you’re lucky enough to get the autograph, you wind up purchasing a ball stand, or work some other bit of handy work to show it off.

Now, Mike Cunningham and League Design Partners Inc. have come up with a product that is form and function when it comes to autographing balls, and displaying them.

While watching the Home Run Derby in 2004, Cunningham came up with what would eventually become “Sign and Sho”, an autograph board that serves as an all-in-one signing kit. Shaped like home plate, the patented product includes a genuine Rawlings leather baseball and a hardwood pen in the form of a baseball bat. The pen is secured to the board with clip while the ball in encased in clear hard plastic positioned in the center of the board.

“I saw fans handing balls and programs to players, and players awkwardly trying to sign them,” Cunningham recalled. “I also watched a fan hand a player a ball without a pen, so the player had nothing to sign the ball with.”

When a fan hands the Sign and Sho TM to a player, the player flips open the ball’s clear lid, removes the pen from its’ clip, signs the ball while resting his hand on the board,  closes the lid, returns the pen to the clip and hands the board back to the fan.

“The Sign and Sho is all about making it easier for players and fans, but more importantly custom branding is the attraction for retailers.” Cunningham said. “Getting autographs is exciting for fans, and many players enjoy signing them. Our autograph board simplifies the process through advertising.”

Cunningham and League Design Partners Inc. see the product as a way to promote brand, and works as a promotional product for teams, as well. Each board can be customized with multiple graphics, photos, logos or other branding and advertising. Sign and Sho’s first professional sports customer was the Lakewood BlueClaws, a Single-A affiliate of Philadelphia Phillies. Sign and Sho boards featuring BlueClaws logos and ballpark images were sold in the team’s gift shop last year, and they will return for the 2008 season.

“Player and fan interaction is part of minor league baseball tradition, and the Sign and Sho helps that interaction by making it easier for players to sign autographs,” said Hal Hansen, director of promotions for the BlueClaws. “It provides a keepsake for the fans and gives us an opportunity to market our brand.”


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First PED Suspension of '08: Minor Leaguer Vander Weg PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 February 2008 14:12

CardinalsThe first PED suspension of 2008 has arrived, by way of a Minor League player.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that St. Louis Cardinals Minor League player Scott Vander Weg has received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension will be effective at the start of the 2008 season.

Last season, Vander Weg pitched for Single-A Palm Beach of the Florida State League.

Looking at the numbers in the list of Drug Violations reveals the following information to date since mandatory drug testing has been in place:

  • 172 suspensions have been doled out for a total of 2,485 games
  • 23 at the Major League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program level
  • 6 at the Venezuelan Summer League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program
  • 143 at the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program

Substance break down:

  • 3 positive tests for Stimulants
  • 11 positive tests for Drug of Abuse
  • 1 for failure to test
  • 2 are unknown at this time
  • 155 positive tests for PEDs

For More on Drug Testing in MLB and MiLB, read:


Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is also an author for Baseball Prospectus, Basketball Prospectus and is an available as a freelance writer.

Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

 
Red Sox & Greenville Drive Extend Minor League Agreement PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 February 2008 08:47
Red SoxThe Boston Red Sox and Greenville (SC) Drive yesterday announced the extension of their Player Development Contract (PDC) for an additional four years. The extension keeps the Red Sox South Atlantic League Single-A affiliate in Greenville through the 2012 season. Red Sox Director of Player Development Mike Hazen and Greenville President Craig Brown made the announcement this afternoon in Greenville, South Carolina.

"We are very happy to extend our PDC with the Greenville Drive through the 2012 season," said Hazen. "There has been a very positive working relationship between the Red Sox and Drive organizations since we began this affiliation in 2005. Our young players are fortunate to be able to play in such an outstanding facility as West End Field. We look forward to working with Craig Brown and his great staff for many years to come."

The Red Sox originally entered into an agreement with the Drive when the franchise moved from Columbia, SC to Greenville for the 2005 season. The PDC was extended for two years through 2008 prior to the 2006 season.

West End Field was named as the Ballpark of the Year by baseballballparks.com in its first year of operation in 2006.

Greenville is one of Boston's six minor league affiliates, joining Triple-A Pawtucket (International League), Double-A Portland (Eastern League), Single-A Lancaster (California League), Single-A Lowell (New York-Penn League), and Rookie Gulf Coast Red Sox (Gulf Coast League).

Source: Boston Red Sox


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AAA Portland Beavers Unveil New Logos and Unis PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 January 2008 10:55

New Portland Beavers logoThe AAA Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League, today unveiled new logos and uniforms that work to keep with their tradition (the Beavers are in their 103rd year in the PCL), while looking to rebrand and create new identity that will distinguish them from the Oregon State Beavers, who have now won back-to-back College World Series championships.

(Select any image on the page to see high resolution versions of design and colorways, including to the left) 

The new logo is reminiscent of the “Lucky Beaver” design from their days in the ‘40s and ‘50s when they played at Vaughn Street Park, with a new color palette that favors blues over the brick red that adorned the team’s colors since returning to Portland in 2000.

“Over the last several months, we received significant fan input regarding just how valued the long and rich tradition of the Portland Beavers is in our community,” said Merritt Paulson, president and general manager of the Beavers. ”The new logo and uniforms embrace the history that Portlanders told us is so meaningful to them; the look helps to underscore the fact that the Beavers have been Portland ’s team since 1903.”

(Read The Biz of Baseball interview with Merritt Paulson) 

The uniform design ties in neatly with their major league affiliate, the San Diego Padres. The “P” on the caps are very close to the “P” currently seen on the Padres uniforms.

The accent color called Pacific Blue continues a recent trend in color palettes for MLB teams such as the Royals and Blue Jays that are tapping into the Navy Blue retro feel.

The new identity system for the Beavers was developed by Portland-based Sandstrom Design, with uniforms developed through a partnership with adidas.

New Uniform Designs and Team Identity for the AAA Portland Beavers (select any image below to see in high resolution)

New Beavers Home UnisNew Beavers Road Unis
New Beavers Sunday Alternate New Beavers Secondary logos

Source: Portland Beavers


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A List of the Most Effective Minor League Promotions PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 January 2008 07:35

Plan B. BrandingPlan B. Branding, a group that researches promotion activities in sports, recently released the results of their 2007 Minor League Baseball promotions study.

Below are the results of their study titled, The State of Promotions Report: 2008

MOST EFFECTIVE PROMOTIONS 

Last season Minor League Baseball's 160 affiliated clubs sponsored more than 5,530* events, promotions, giveaways, and appearances to attract more than 42 million guests.

The following data ranks those promotions that were most effective in increasing attendance over the participating teams' average season attendance.


  Promotion
Average Attendance Increase
% Increase Over Avg
Freq.
2006 Rank
1. Famous Chicken Appearance
1,829
26%
12
3
2. Fireworks
1,780
38%
796
1
3. Sleepover
1,407
13%
17
10
4. Gym Bag Giveaway
1,352
25%
12
9
5. Buyout
1,200
76%
27
-
 
6. Used Car Giveaway
1,161
28%
11
-
 
7. Reggy Appearance
1,108
25%
11
-
 
8. Zooperstars! Appearance
1,054
24%
98
4
9. Bobblehead Giveaway
1,016
8%
112
16
10. Little League/Youth Baseball Day
847
7%
16
-

11. Reading Club
846
4%
23
-
 
12. BirdZerk! Appearance
797
14%
54
17
13. Backpack Giveaway
778
4%
25
-
 
14. Fleece Blanket Giveaway
745
18%
10
-

15. T-shirt Giveaway
743
9%
75
-
 
16. Fan Apprecation
714
23%
36
12
17. Beach/Tropical Day
668
10%
12
-

18. Military Appreciation Day
629
12%
23
-

19. Faith Day
579
10%
38
-

20. Myron Noodleman Appearance
576
10%
21
19


Promotions must have appeared at least ten times to be included.

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

  Promotion
Cost Per Fan
Average Attendance Increase
% Increase Over Average
Frequency
1. BirdZerk! Appearance
$0.01
797
14%
54
2. Zooperstars! Appearance
$0.02
1,054
24%
98
3. Bat Giveaway
$0.04
462
19%
15
4. Figurine Giveaway
$0.05
201
5%
21
5. Fireworks
$0.06
1,780
38%
796
6. Magnet Schedule Giveaway
$0.07
504
4%
54
7. Gym Bag Giveaway
$0.07
1,352
25%
12
8. Jersey Giveaway
$0.08
124
7%
42
9. Baseball Giveaway
$0.08
264
14%
32
10. Mug Giveaway
$0.09
521
17%
12
11. Backpack Giveaway
$0.10
778
4%
25
12. Cap Giveaway
$0.16
574
3%
82
13. T-shirt Giveaway
$0.17
743
9%
75
14. Bobblehead Giveaway
$0.22
1,016
8%
112
15. Famous Chicken Appearance
$0.22
1,829
26%
12


Promotions must have appeared at least ten times to be included.

UP AND COMING PROMOTIONS 

Promotion
Average Attendance Increase
% Increase Over Average
Frequency
Koozies Giveaway
1,747
8%
6
Jersey Auction
1,712
23%
8
Lunch Box Giveaway
1,428
9%
6
Jimmy Buffet Tribute
1,410
17%
9
Skyy Dogs USA
1,366
23%
6


*Promotional data was reported by 105 of 159 affiliated Minor League clubs. Attendance data provided by SportsTicker.

 Source: Plan B. Branding


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Braves AAA Team Relocating to Atlanta Metro Area PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 January 2008 04:45

BravesThe Atlanta Braves AAA team will announce today that they will be relocating to within the Atlanta metro area.

The team, which has been in Richmond for more than 40 years, will be moving to Gwinnett County.

A 3:30 p.m. ET press conference to announce the deal will take place at Gwinnett Center, according to center spokesman Chris Hendley. As reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

The Class AAA Richmond Braves, the organization's highest-level minor-league affiliate, could play in Gwinnett as soon as 2009. The Braves' three-year contract at the Richmond stadium, known as The Diamond, runs through the 2010 season, but the Braves have the option to pull out after the 2008 season.

Many details of the move were not known Monday, as Braves and Gwinnett County officials refused to talk about the relocation. A stadium for the Richmond Braves could be built on land the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve today for purchasing. The commission agenda lists a $5 million "purchase and sale agreement" of about 12 acres owned by Brand Properties.

Brand Morgan, Brand Properties' owner, declined to comment on the sale or what the land will be used for, but he did say he plans to attend a news conference today at Gwinnett Center.

The location of for the new ballpark will be along Buford Drive, southeast of I-85 and near the Mall of Georgia.


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Royals Minor Leaguer Jacob Rodriguez Suspened 50 Gms PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 January 2008 09:48

RoyalsThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Kansas City Royals Minor League player Jacob Rodriguez has received a 50-game suspension for failure to take a drug test, a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension will be effective at the start of the 2008 season.

In 2007, Rodriguez played for the Surprise Royals of the Arizona Rookie League.

(See details on all Drug Violations here on The Biz of Baseball)

 Rodriguez represents the 29th minor league player suspended under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for the 2007 season, and the 37th player suspended under MLB and MiLB drug testing programs.

Looking at the numbers in the list of Drug Violations reveals the following:

  • 172 suspensions have been doled out for a total of 2,485 games
  • 23 at the Major League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program level
  • 6 at the Venezuelan Summer League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program
  • 143 at the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program

Substance break down:

  • 3 positive tests for Stimulants
  • 11 positive tests for Drug of Abuse
  • 2 for Failure to Test
  • 2 are unknown at this time
  • 154 positive tests for PEDs

Suspensions by Team:

  • Yankees - 4
  • White Sox - 5
  • Twins - 5
  • Tigers - 4
  • Royals -7
  • Rockies - 6
  • Red Sox - 1
  • Reds - 6
  • Rangers - 10
  • Pirates - 4
  • Phillies - 3
  • Padres - 7
  • Orioles -6
  • Nationals - 3
  • Mets - 10
  • Marlins - 2
  • Mariners - 12
  • Indians - 3
  • Giants - 6
  • Rays - 3
  • Dodgers - 7
  • Diamondbacks - 4
  • Cubs - 8
  • Cardinals - 5
  • Brewers - 4
  • Braves - 4
  • Blue Jays - 8
  • Athletics - 9
  • Astros - 3
  • Angels - 6
  • Free Agents - 4
  • * None – 3

* Player was not on a minor league roster, or in the case of Jason Grimsley, out of baseball all together

Source: Major League Baseball 


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