Brian VanderBeek Blog
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on September 15, 2014
The Player Development Contract shuffle officially is underway, and as was reported here on July 11, the relationship between the Oakland Athletics and Sacramento RiverCats is over.
I reported at the time that Oakland was seeking to end the relationship and already was making plans to move its Triple-A players to the new ballpark in Nashville, displacing Milwaukee. Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle (who first wrote on May 18 that Sacramento was coveting the Giants' affiliation) reported today that it was the RiverCats, not Oakland, who filed for dissolution.
Based on my conversations with sources close to the situation, had the RiverCats not filed termination papers, Oakland would have done the paperwork.
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on September 1, 2014
Stockton manager Ryan Christenson recalls his playing days, when Modesto and Visalia both were Oakland affiliates
Posted on August 31, 2014
Using position players to pitch on back-to-back nights, including the 10th inning of a tied game, undermines the integrity of the competition
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on August 30, 2014
Friday’s blowout loss cleared way for two professional pitching debuts; Modesto teacher honored as Modesto’s sixth-millionth fan
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on August 23, 2014
Modesto, which first hosted affiliated minor league baseball in 1946, will welcome its 6-millionth fan through the turnstile on Labor Day weekend
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on August 22, 2014
Pre-game ceremony puts fans in seats, roughly 500 cheerleaders on diamond
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on August 18, 2014
East Union’s Arroyo and Oakdale’s Vander Tuig going up against Modesto on back-to-back nights