Rockies Insider: With Colorado’s farm teams potentially extinct, remember the state’s first and most memorable minor league franchises
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Rockies Insider: With Colorado’s farm teams potentially extinct, remember the state’s first and most memorable minor league franchises

With Colorado baseball fans mourning the potential loss of its farm teams in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs due to Minor League Baseball’s proposed contraction ahead of 2021, let’s take a moment to appreciate the state’s minor league roots. Colorado’s first minor league team was the Denvers of the Western League in 1886. The Western […]

Minor League Baseball season officially canceled as prospect of shrunken farm system in 2021 looms
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Minor League Baseball season officially canceled as prospect of shrunken farm system in 2021 looms

What had long been expected is now official: There will be no minor league baseball season in 2020. “We’ve certainly thought that this was a possibility, and so it’s not necessarily a surprise,” Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Tuesday. “It always seemed somewhat logical that it was going to be difficult to have a […]

Baseball’s minor leagues officially cancel 2020 seasons
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Baseball’s minor leagues officially cancel 2020 seasons

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Baseball’s minor leagues canceled their seasons on Tuesday after Major League Baseball decided not to provide any players to its affiliated teams amid the coronavirus pandemic. The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the minor league governing body, made the long-expected announcement. The Professional Baseball Agreement between the majors and […]

Rockies prospects Ryan Rolison, Tyler Nevin face uncertainty of no minor league season
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Rockies to host satellite camp in Albuquerque, and hope to have developmental program for minor leaguers

With the minor league season likely to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rockies are brainstorming contingencies to get their farm players on the field in 2020. In addition to a “satellite” camp in Albuquerque that will begin toward the end of Colorado’s Spring Training 2.0 at Coors Field, general manager Jeff […]

Minor league baseball teams look for ways to survive the pandemic, help their communities
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Minor league baseball teams look for ways to survive the pandemic, help their communities

March is one of the busiest months of the year for a minor league baseball team. Not only are employees in the mode of selling tickets and sponsorship packages for the upcoming season, they are also working on their game-day preparation, which includes training additional staff for games that start in early April. It’s not […]

Minor league baseball teams sue insurance providers over denied coronavirus claims
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Minor league baseball teams sue insurance providers over denied coronavirus claims

Fifteen minor league baseball teams have filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract by insurance providers after being denied claims for business-interruption insurance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball announced Monday that it will attempt to play a 60-game regular season, but its minor league clubs — many under threat of losing affiliations […]

As Colorado’s minor league cities face “economic and cultural void,” Grand Junction and Colorado Springs stakeholders hold out hope
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As Colorado’s minor league cities face “economic and cultural void,” Grand Junction and Colorado Springs stakeholders hold out hope

As MLB’s farm system braces for a major overhaul, the state’s two minor league teams, the Grand Junction Rockies and the Rocky Mountain Vibes, are on the precipice. Grand Junction (the Rockies’ rookie-league affiliate) and Rocky Mountain (the Brewers’ rookie-league affiliate) are dealing with the likelihood of the 2020 minor league season being canceled due […]