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From Omaha to Kansas City

18-logoWinning back-to-back Triple-A championships does not mean that a dynasty of sub major league talent is coagulating in Omaha. All it means, in addition to it being a great achievement, is that the Kansas City Royals have supreme organizational depth. While the Royals are on the brink of a playoff berth, something rare for the major league club, the farm system has been flourishing for years. The Omaha Storm Chasers won another Triple-A Championship last night.

In a game that saw recent Cuban defect Rusney Castillo lead off with a home run on the first pitch, a catcher with years of major league experience, Brett Hayes, won the game on a scoreboard denting 2-run bomb in the seventh. Hayes, who has bounced back and forth from a Major League replacement catcher to a Triple-A stud enjoyed the glory as the ladder last night. Continue reading From Omaha to Kansas City


The All Futures Team

Untitled drawing-2The MLB has recently announced the lineups for 2014 Futures All-Star Game. This is a great opportunity for the future stars of baseball to get a taste of what a sold out stadium feels like in the middle of the summer. Last year, Kansas City’s Kaufman Stadium put on a perfect presentation of great talent. The players on this years roster are the top prospects in baseball. Of course, they are all prospects, and future success is never guaranteed. However, these are the closest players to guaranteed success at the Major League level. The full World and US Team rosters can be seen here. 

The Cleat Sheet is going to take the rosters of each team and compile an “All Futures Team”. Continue reading The All Futures Team

A Day at an MLB Tryout

Preparing for 60 Yard Dash

Last Thursday, The Cleat Sheet ventured to Reading, PA to check out an MLB Scouting Bureau hosted tryout. This event was open to everyone and, therefore, the range of talent was vast. Most players dressed like the next Willy Mays Hayes, trying to not only look cooler, but also better than the next player. That obviously doesn’t matter because the Scouting Bureau has a quick way of weeding out the weak: The 60-yard dash. Every position player runs. That is the first thing they do. Before throwing, hitting, and fielding, a second baseman, short stop, and outfielder must shine in the 180 feet or he may as well pack up his stuff and go home.

Sub 7 seconds is the time to post to get any recognition from the scouting bureau. Brad Fidler is the Mid Atlantic Scout for The Bureau, and his stopwatch reigns supreme during the dash. Of the 500 players who ran, three dozen posted a time that grabbed Fidler’s attention. Only one was asked to run again to make sure the 6.36 time he posted was in fact correct. Among those 36 players, a few would have a chance to gain recognition further through fielding and throwing. Only 25 players were asked to hit at the very end of the tryout. From observing the hitting, only one or two appeared to have strong line drive consistency to all parts of the field. Continue reading A Day at an MLB Tryout

The Cleat Sheet Scouts Top Shortstops


Today, The Cleat Sheet is going to take a look at the top three shortstop prospects in baseball. Since we want to understand the impact on MLB franchises these star prospects can have, our commentary is based on a combination of prospective talent and MLB readiness. Continue reading The Cleat Sheet Scouts Top Shortstops

$500,000,000 for a New Stadium. Is It Worth It?

For 150 years, American sports franchises have spent billions solely in effort to win a championship. Although, some may see the economic return, and social stature as motivation enough to own and spend money on a sports franchise, the majority of owners and front office decision makers yearn for championships above anything. Teams have won by spending much money, and by spending little money. Among several expenditures of materialistic value, owners can spend money to improve their teams on free agents, better coaching, smarter management, and new facilities.

However, are new facilities, or a new stadium, or a $500 million overhaul providing any winning value to the franchise?

According to Tom Ricketts, owner of the Chicago Cubs, his personal $500 million renovation project for Wrigley Field, will not only advance the ballpark out of the Stone Age, but also create an environment more conducive to short term winning. With over 100 years of futility, Ricketts pleads for support for the project, and support for the franchise.


The big question here is will it work? Will improving the clubhouses and the fan experience draw better players to play for the Cubs eventually leading to the elusive prize? In order to simplify those questions, The Cleat Sheet is going to examine the relationship between a franchise and its stadium. Or rather, attempt to answer this question: Does a new stadium improve the success of a team? Continue reading $500,000,000 for a New Stadium. Is It Worth It?